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Grand Opening Celebration, June 7: Foster Army Animal Rescue Thrift Store in Riverside, Public Invited

Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m. with Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, City Councilmember Mike Soubirous, and Foster Army Staff and Board Members

RIVERSIDE, CA, June 4, 2018 – The public is cordially invited to join Foster Army Animal Rescue (FAAR), Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, and city councilmember Mike Soubirous on Thursday, June 7, at 10:00 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the new Foster Army Animal Rescue Thrift Store located in the former Marcy Branch Library Building at 3711 Central Ave., Riverside.  Magnolia Center Business Council Board President, Paul Bordwell, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Refreshments will be served following the ribbon cutting and reusable FAAR tote bags will be distributed, while supplies last.  Former at-risk pets which FAAR has saved from euthanasia and rehabilitated will be onsite and available for adoption.  FAAR staff, board members and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.  The store will be open for business until 5:00 p.m.

The new Foster Army Animal Rescue Thrift Store occupies 3,500 square feet of the building, triple the floor space at its former store at 3564 Central Ave., allowing space for furniture, home and garden, and other large items in addition to a wider selection of clothing, housewares, décor, books, toys and more.  The building also houses FAAR’s administrative office.

Animals for Adoption

What’s new for this location is a section dedicated to showcasing animals available for adoption during hours the store is open.  No animals will be housed overnight at the facility.

Previously, FAAR had to take animals to adoption events hosted by pet-supply stores and other businesses and to community events and pet expos.  While FAAR will continue to participate in select off-site events, the public now will be able to shop for bargains, adopt a forever friend, and support FAAR’s work to make the city of Riverside no-kill all at one convenient location.

Foster Army Animal Rescue Thrift Store is the main source of revenue to operate the organization and pay for veterinary services for the sick, injured, underage and senior animals rescued by FAAR from municipal shelters, including vaccinations, microchips, and spay/neuter surgeries.  The revenue alsopays for supplies provided to foster volunteers.  All animals are cared for in foster homes.

This new location with its front lawn, fenced rear patio, and dedicated parking lot allows FAAR the space to hold onsite fundraising events and other fun, pet-related activities to which the public will be invited.

Since its founding in mid 2015, FAAR has rescued and rehomed more than 540 animals, mostly cats and dogs, kittens and puppies, but also a few rabbits, mice and guinea pigs, and even a tortoise.

Foster Army Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that rescues from animal control facilities treatable companion animals at risk of euthanasia. These animals include the ill and injured, kittens and puppies under eight weeks of age, seniors, and others often overlooked by adopters.  They are placed in foster homes and provided with all medical and behavioral treatments they need and are vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed/neutered before becoming available for adoption.  For more information, visit