Unwanted and abandoned pets are the recipients of a recent charity sale in Glen Osmond.
A bequeathed property, at 20 Day Rd, last week sold “around the $1.2 million mark” with all proceeds donated to the Animal Welfare League, as per vendor request.
The property originally went to auction on Saturday, October 26, however failed to reach reserve. It was subsequently offered to the market as a private sale, along with the adjoining home, at 20a Day Rd.
The buyer, a local animal lover and strong supporter of the AWL, purchased the homes for her two sons, so they can live side-by-side.
Turner Real Estate selling agent Lachlan Turner said although the location and quality were drawcards for the buyer, the fact the proceeds were going to the AWL was a defining factor.
“The mother has always taken on stray pets and has a fondness of the AWL,” he said.
“We were only offering one of the properties at auction, so they would’ve been unable to secure the other. The way they negotiated was around the two properties.
“They bought both because they wanted a property side-by-side, one for each brother, which is quite unusual I’ve got to say.”
Mr Turner said it was fantastic to see such a positive result for the AWL, especially given it was the organisation’s first charity sale.
“It’s been a real journey,” he said.
“They’re running a non-profit organisation and they’ve taken on this project for the first time.
“It’s nice to see the end of it and a nice, short settlement.”
AWL SA chief executive Richard Mussell said they were very happy about the quick sale and positive result.
“We’re just really happy with the fact we had quite a bit of interest from the onset and our agent was excellent, helping us to take advantage of that interest early on,” he said.
Mr Mussell said the proceeds of the sale would go towards the AWL’s $4 million cost of operations, helping to look after the state’s abandoned pets.
“Because we rely on donations and services, we’re always looking at ways to do things differently and smarter,” he said.
“We’re fortunate to receive legacies from animal lovers and this was the case with this situation.”
Although legacies are appreciated, Mr Mussell said there were other ways for people to help support the AWL, especially leading up to their Christmas appeal.
“We have our thrift shops dotted around, our pet boarding and pet cremation,” he said.
“There’s various other things on our website such as fundraising lotteries and events people can do to fundraise.
“You can also adopt your next pet from the AWL and adopt a cat through Petstock, helping to get an animal into a home.”