The Ottawa County Animal Welfare Society now has a home to call its own, according to society members.

The group's top officer said last week that the society has purchased the building located at 501 East Central Avenue where it has housed its adoption center for the past several months.

The building and property was purchased from Jason and Bob Rentfrow.

Jean Eslick, AWS president, hopes to make the first donation of $1,000 toward paying off the debt.

“I'm moving from my home to family property and I'm having a garage sale at my old place,” she said. “I hope to make at least $1,000 so I can place it toward the building's purchase.”

She will be holding the garage sale starting at 8 a.m. today and Saturday and after church on Sunday at her home on Rockdale Boulevard.

The AWS's goal is to collect $300,000 - a sum that includes the $50,000 purchase price, renovations to the inside and outside of the building, repairs, modernization of the drain work and full perimeter fencing.

“We're also going to go through a process to see what else needs to be done,” Eslick said. “Our goal is to make sure everything is functional, safe and sanitary.”

According to Eslick, she and her friends prayed about purchasing a building for the center.

“I guess I wasn't listening so well because I prayed about a certain building for the longest time and we never did get it,” she said. “Then, we found out about this one and we had it the next day.”

Plans are just beginning for raising funds to pay the mortgage.

In addition to Eslick's upcoming donation, AWS has almost $700 it received from the Coleman Company Players' performance of “Lucky Stiff” at the Coleman Theatre in July.

There's also almost $1,000 that was collected last year by the students in Will Rogers Middle School in a program called “Pennies for Puppies.”

“I'm contacting all the schools in Miami to see if they'll be willing to help us with a similar program this year,” Eslick said.

AWS is also going to ask the local Native American tribes for donations.

“Some of them have offered us assistance in the past,” Eslick said. “Both the Quapaw Tribe and the Miami Tribe have helped us already.”

In addition, Eslick and other volunteers with the society will research and file grants for assistance for the animals.

The Animal Welfare Society is listed as a non-profit agency and all donations are tax deductible.