Help animals by ... shopping?

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Ever wanted to help animals, but didn't know how? We have the answer...go shopping!

The Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA has its very own thrift store, located at the southwest corner of 19th Avenue and Dunlap. Last year the thrift store brought in just over $110,000 for the AAWL, money that goes directly toward caring for the animals and our various programs.

It's a great way for those who can't adopt a homeless dog or cat right now, but still want to help. And you can look good doing it! The store features high-end retail items including designer shoes and clothes. There are also great finds on china, crystal, and furniture.

"AAWL's Thrift Store is full of treasures just waiting to be discovered," says Shannon Boyer, Director of Operations at AAWL. " We have friendly and helpful staff, and shopping here is an awesome way to benefit our cause for paws. The thrift store is a great way for us to reach the community and to help bring awareness to the importance of adopting pets."

Not a shopper? You can still support the AAWL Thrift Store. Volunteers are always needed, and you can fill out an application online at . The Thrift Store also accepts donations of clothing and household items, some furniture, and miscellaneous items.

The AAWL Thrift Store is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Wednesday is Senior Day, with folks age 55 or better getting 30 percent off their purchases. Everything in the store is 50 percent off on the last Saturday of every month, and each week there are different Manager's Specials as well! Now that the weather has started to cool off, watch for adoption events. For more information about the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA Thrift Store, call (602) 678-1322 or visit .