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Thursday, September 10, 2009

What Do You Do When You Lose Out on $500,000 Inheritance? Hold $500 Garage Sale.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 6:30 AM

Readers may recall a series of stories we wrote earlier this year about San Francisco's Hearing Dog Program. The non-profit, composed of former employees of the 30-year-old program abruptly discontinued by the SPCA in 2008, in April lost in a court case in which it claimed that it was the rightful beneficiary of a half-million dollar behest for the SPCA's hearing dog program, not the SPCA.

So what do you do when you can't pick up $500,000 inheritances? You attempt to raise a cool $500 bucks with a garage sale.

Tom Oliver, the organization's program director, said he'll be selling "half a roomful" of swag from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13 on the corner of 30th and Dolores with all proceeds going to the dogs.

Plants, luggage, clothes, games -- it's all for sale. If you have any swag to donate, they'll take it. Contact Oliver here. If you're looking for dog-related material, though, you may be barking up the wrong tree. Oliver said they're simply donating doggie beds, leashes, etc. to needy clients who can't afford their own.

The Hearing Dog Program graduated its first class of four service animals in May with another half dozen pooches scheduled for graduation next month. And, yes, the program has appealed the ruling in that half-million dollar case -- garage sales are grand, but it'd take 1,000 of them to equal that behest.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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