Clean house and help animals

Terry Janssens, foreground, with CK Animal Rescue helps volunteer Hetty Drew give a bath to Thor at Pet Value on Grand Avenue West in Chatham. Thor is part of the Purple Leash Program which gives temporary foster care to dogs whose owners are hospitalized or fleeing domestic abuse.

CK Animal Rescue (CKAR) is hosting its Second Gigantic Indoor Garage Sale on March 16 at the John D. Bradley Centre in Chatham with all proceeds to support the organization, a local registered non-profit group.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. Admission is free. 

The Gigantic Garage Saleis a community-focused event that allows residents of Chatham-Kent to browse and shop the vendors that will be in attendance. 

Two types of vendors are participating in this event. Garage Sale vendors are those who are looking to get a head start on spring cleaning and decluttering their basements and garages, and Business Vendors are those vendors selling products such as Avon, Scentsy, Tupperware or other unique products.

This is the second year for this event, and organizers said last year was a huge success.

Local businesses are invited to participate as a sponsor for this event and can contact CKAR for information.

Requests for vendor applications and Sponsor information can be made by calling 519-354-5000 or by emailing

CKAR was founded in 2010, based out of Chatham and operating in Chatham-Kent, Windsor-Essex, and Sarnia-Lambton. 

It is dedicated to taking in local owner surrenders and shelter dogs that are scheduled to be euthanized, placing dogs and cats into approved foster homes until adoptive homes are found, providing permanent foster homes for dogs that are deemed unadoptable due to abuse, disability or advanced age, providing short-term foster care for dogs and cats through its Purple Leash Program for owners who are being hospitalized or fleeing domestic abuse and providing classroom presentations to school-aged children to teach them about compassion and kindness towards animals.

CKAR also holds Dog Wash fundraisers each month thanks to the Pet Value stores in Chatham and Wallaceburg. In Chatham, the dog wash is the second Saturday of the month, and in Wallaceburg, on the first Saturday of the month. Washes are $10 each, with proceeds to CKAR. For more information on CKAR, please go to


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