Second ‘Paw’ sale raises funds for Aberdeen Area Humane Society

ABERDEEN, SD (Dakota News Now) — Instead of selling unwanted household items, community members could donate them to the Aberdeen Area Humane Society to help benefit their shelter.

During the 2nd Sale ‘Paw’AAHS will resell these items such as furniture, dishes, jewelry, electronics, holiday decorations, and pet supplies, with all proceeds going to the shelter.

AAHS board member Pamela Monaghan-Geernaert says there have been a lot of donations this year.

“People have been very generous with donations, so it’s really great to pass that generosity on to other people and be able to take the proceeds out of it and help our shelter,” Monaghan-Geernaert said.

The event will take place October 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Brown County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building. For shoppers who want the first dibs, they can donate to beat the Friday night crowds.

“Tonight, 6-7 p.m., if you donate $20, you’re welcome to come and do your shopping early,” Monaghan-Geernaert said.

Of AAHS’ total operating funds, 25% comes from fundraising events like the 2nd Paw sale.

“We receive no state or federal funding. The rest goes to donors. So it’s really important to us. We keep our doors open because of the people in the community completely,” Monaghan-Geernaert said.

While buying on sale pays off at the animal shelter, it also provides a bargain for community members.

“Instead of just asking people for money or asking them for supplies, it’s just a great way for us to help people clean out their garages, give us their treasures they no longer want, and It’s a great way to pay it forward and keep paying to keep our doors open,” said Monaghan-Geernaert.

While the Aberdeen Area Humane Society needs funds to operate, what they really need right now is for their animals to find loving homes.

“Desperately, at the moment we are overrun with cats. We really need people to adopt our pets. That’s the most important thing. We really don’t want to see animals staying in our shelter for long We want to place them in loving homes of good pet parents,” Monaghan-Geernaert said.

To view the pets that are currently available for adoption at the Aberdeen Area Humane Society, or to donate, visit