COSHOCTON -- Coshocton's newest thrift store and only no-kill pet adoption center will open at 504 Main St. in Coshocton Towne Centre at 11 a.m., Friday, June 5 in conjunction with the First Friday event, according to Sandi Guinther, Friends of The Animal Shelter (FOTAS) President.

The FOTAS Thrift Store and Pet Adoption Center idea developed out of a tragic need to save more animals from euthanasia at the local animal shelter. Nearly 4,000 pets are euthanized locally every year. Animals will be at the Adoption Center for 7 to 10 days. If not sold after that time, they will go to other rescues so that more animals can be rescued from the shelter or surrendered to the store. Both cats and dogs will be available at the adoption center.

The store is still receiving donations from noon to 1 p.m., weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Once the store is open, donations can be brought in anytime during regular hours. Left-over yard sale items are very much appreciated.

"We are accepting any kind of household items for resale, along with any type of pet oriented merchandise that we can use in the store or resale. Money earned from the sale of donated items will go to spay and neuter the animals that are being adopted from the Center and also to do any necessary vet care such as rabies shots, heartworm tests, etc.," Guinther said.

Homeless pets will be sold for the cost of vet bills or less. However, a pre-adoption application must be approved prior to adoption.

"Many caring volunteers have spent every Saturday and many afternoons at the store preparing it to open. Volunteer store managers, Malcolm and Dorothy Shaw, have done a tremendous job of organizing hundreds of items that have been donated to help Coshocton's homeless pets. Without the help of all volunteers this store would not be possible, as there are no funds for payroll. All money earned after the expenses of running the store will be spent on the care of the animals," Guinther added.

Other needs include: Paper towels, bleach, newspapers, toilet paper, Pedigree or Kibbles & Bits dry food; Purina Puppy and Kitten Chow, Purina Cat Chow and Purina Dog Chow. Many local individuals and business initially made financial contributions to help start the Thrift Store and Adoption Center.

Friends of the Animal Shelter are a non-profit 501-3C organization and all donations are tax deductible. Anyone having questions may call the store at (740) 575-4519.