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New thrift store supports animal rescue groups

People who love a good bargain and want to help animal rescue efforts are in for a treat. According to Tampa Bay Online, a new thrift store in Florida's capital city is donating all of its profits to help out dogs and cats in need.

"After our rent and utilities, every penny we make here goes right back to helping the rescue groups," Rick Medina, who founded the nonprofit in August, told the news source.

His organization, called Animal Based Charities, is the inspiration for the new second-hand store he set up in South Tampa. It's there that eager shoppers will find everything from designer to casual clothing, music, furniture, and knickknacks.

The money gained will then be sent to about 50 local animal shelters in the area, one of which is the Lost Angels Animal Rescue.

"We don't turn any away - the old, the sick, the handicapped," co-founder Kelly Wilson told the news outlet. "We're getting more surrenders than ever, and it's hard to keep up with the pace. Any help from this shop will be a huge blessing."

The recent recession has hurt dogs and cats as well as people's wallets. Animal shelters across the nation have seen a spike in people surrendering their pets the last few years.ADNFCR-2796-ID-19852648-ADNFCR
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