Last month, Day One Animal Rescue was inaugurated as the newest group in McDowell County to help homeless cats and dogs in the local community.

And now, this group has a new and bigger location with lots of room to house animals before they can be adopted and a store for all of your pet needs.

Saturday, Aug. 4 was the first day of Day One Animal Rescue which replaced the Brother Wolf chapter for McDowell. Day One is a non-profit and no-kill animal rescue group. It is independent and separate from the Brother Wolf organization, which continues to operate in Asheville.

As part of that transition, the thrift store at 74 S. Main St. in Marion closed. Director Jamie Stillwachs and her staff worked to get rid of the used furniture, clothes, records and numerous household items that were the majority of that store’s merchandise. The idea was to open a new store that better reflects the mission of the animal rescue group.

On Saturday, Aug. 31, the new Day One Animal Rescue and Pet Supply Store held its grand opening at 1101 Baldwin Ave. in East Marion across from what many people call Greasy Corner. This new store exclusively sells pet supplies and pet-related products, both new and gently used.

“We are still taking donations but it’s strictly pet-related,” said Stillwachs. “We’re trying to do a little bit of anything someone would need for their pets.”

For example, the new retail and resale store at the corner of East Court Street and Baldwin Avenue has food for dogs and cats, treats, cat litter, pet toys, crates, carriers, beds, dog pads, leashes, bowls and other items. And unlike Walmart or Petsmart, the sale of these items at this store helps homeless cats and dogs. All money raised from store sales will go right back into the rescue work and allow the Day One staff to continue saving animals in McDowell County and beyond.

“All the profits go right back to the rescues,” said Stillwachs.

The new store just opened for business and the Day One staff members are working to add more pet-related items.

“It will take a while to build up the selection,” said Stillwachs. “We’re trying to cater to what people want.”

The building at 1101 Baldwin Ave. covers 1,500 square feet with more rooms for offices and storage. “We’ve got a lot of backrooms that we didn’t have before,” said Stillwachs. “We’ve got parking which is extremely exciting.”

The building is also all on one level which is a lot easier for staff members to carry and store big, heavy bags of dog food and boxes of cat litter.

An outdoor area for dogs to play is also in the works. “We’re going to add on as time goes by,” said Stillwachs.

The new Day One Animal Rescue and Pet Supply Store has new hours. It is open for business from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. It is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Day One is still working on its Web site www.dayoneanimalrescue.org and it should be operating in two weeks. For now, you can get more information at its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dayonerescue/ or by calling 828-559-2777.

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