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Animal House pounces on household feline items for fundraiser

Looking for a reason to begin spring cleaning? Do it for the cats. The cats of Animal House, that is.

Animal House, which moved three years ago to 2151 59th St. in The Hill area, is a home and adoption site for rescued cats. The organization is seeking donations of items in all cat-egories (my apologies; cat stories seem to rip the puns right out of my fingertips) stashed away in your basement or attic. Or even those still displayed in your guest room, 30 years after you stopped collecting cat statues.

Some furry and not-so-furry items for the Animal House sale
Credit Animal House
Some furry and not-so-furry items for the Animal House sale

They’ll sell the paraphernalia at their free April 11 "Spring! Estate Sale,” along with other antique and vintage objects, including an adding machine and a collection of evening purses. The cat items will also be offered early, in an April 10 sneak preview that costs $5. There‘s already a wide variety, according to executive director Brandyn Jones.

“Art pieces, framed art, ceramic things, children's toys, instructional books,” Jones said. “Then, we have some more whimsical things, like a glass that says the ‘Pussycat’ on it, which, clearly, was from a bar.”

Jones said they have some items from bygone eras. A blue calico cat stands out among the collection.

“I guess it’s got to be 40 or 50 years old. It looks like, not child but adult made it, someone who was not a fine artist. It’s more of a craft piece, or folk art,” Jones said.

A blue calico cat may be a half-century old.
Credit Animal House
A blue calico cat may be a half-century old.

Animal House will accept donations through Wednesday, April 8.


Animal House’s Spring! Estate Sale

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 10 preview; 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 11 open sale

Where: Animal House, 2151 59th St., 63110.

How much: Preview $5 at the door, Saturday sale, free

Information: Hey Event website

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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.

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