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There is a place in the southern part of the county where unwanted dog and cats reside. Lonely and looking for love, they await potential owners and new homes.  

In a few weeks, at Highland School, there will be a rummage sale where unwanted items like teapots and Oriental rugs will likely find a home. The dogs, cats, porcelain lamps and silver jewelry share a bond. 

Chances are many curious customers planning to attend the upcoming “Digging for Gold” rummage sale have never been to the shelter. While they come seeking treasures to spruce up the spare room or add a bit of whimsy to another, their purchases help keep alive a place of sanctuary for the county’s unwanted cats and dogs. 

Now in its 11th year, “Digging for Gold” is an upscale rummage sale benefitting the Fauquier County SPCA. For more than 50 years, the shelter has continued its mission of providing local animals with the most complete services possible. Educating the public about the benefits of spaying and neutering is also an extremely important part of their mission. 

The Highland School, 597 Broadview Ave. in Warrenton, has been the home for this annual fundraiser and it will once again host it this year on Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m.  to 2 p.m. 

While shoppers troll for goodies, a bake sale will offer purchase homemade sweet treats. Admission is free. 

Longtime organizers Penny Dart, Angela Keyser and Tammy Statler appreciate all the help required to hold this event from the generous sponsors, donors, volunteers and those who come shopping. They all agree in unison. “The proceeds from this event have given us a shelter of which to be proud.” 

The present Fauquier SPCA shelter, at 9350 Rogues Road in Midland, was built in 1989 on 11 acres of donated land. It has 36 dog kennels, six dog quarantine kennels and three separate cat rooms, including a cat sunroom.  

A spay and neuter clinic is available to both the shelter and privately-owned dogs and cats. The clinic provides low-cost dog and cat spay and neuter surgeries for Fauquier County and surrounding areas for healthy dogs and cats over 8 weeks of age and weighing at least 3 pounds. 

There is plenty of room to exercise dogs and a barn to house livestock. The shelter is now able to offer pet-themed birthday parties in a beautiful new, large and bright conference room. 

Local author Vicky Moon is a fan of fun things and an animal advocate.  

"Through the years I have friends and family that have found some real gems and bargains at this event held at Highland. I will never forget a friend of mine found her son’s first tuxedo there and it had been handmade from some fancy British tailor,” said Moon.  

If you can’t wait until Saturday, March 30, there is an early bird sale and party the evening before on Friday, March 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission for that is $25 and includes light refreshments.   

Donations of gently used furniture, lamps, rugs, china, silver, jewelry, garden accessories, etc. are welcome. Please no clothing, exercise equipment or televisions. Donations are tax-deductible. 

Donation drop-off dates are Wednesday, March 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 28, from noon to 7 p.m. in the lower school gym at Highland School. 

Credit cards and checks can be used at checkout, but there is also a “dollar section” for cash-only customers. 

If you would like more information, email Angela Keyser at  keyseralk@gmail.com or Tammy Statler a t tammystatler@aol.com or you call Penny Dart at 540-347-5138 or Anne Hall at 540-347-1268. 




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