Photos by David Gordon
The Saugerties Animal Shelter yard and bake sale set for 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, will feature tools, household goods, lots of books, toys and some clothes, said shelter manager Marie Post. The sale also includes baked goods provided by a group of women who volunteer for the fundraiser. Many also provide the goodies for the bakes sales of several local churches, she said.
“We have many people who come for the bake sale as well as the yard sale,” Post said. One year, a visitor wanted to know what bakery she should go to for more pies like one she bought at the shelter. “I had to laugh at that,” Post said. “I did give her the woman’s number; she baked some pies for the woman.”
The sales help to pay for the upkeep and improvements at the shelter, located on the grounds of the town transfer station on Rt. 212. This year’s sale is raising money for a new roof for the building. “We want to put on a metal roof,” Post said. “This should last forever.”
The shelter boards dogs for both Kingston and Woodstock. At the moment, there are only four dogs and about a dozen cats at the facility. “As far as I know, we are the only shelter that takes in cats,” said Post. “I limit the number to about 12 because that’s how many we can board without becoming too crowded. We want to keep a safe, clean environment.”
The cats at the shelter are all mature animals, Post said. In addition, the shelter works with seven foster families who take care of the kittens prior to adoption. “We have placed about 40 kittens,” she said.