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CHICO — Home At Last Thrift and Gift, a store that will raise funds for a horse and mule sanctuary in Yankee Hill, will open its doors Tuesday.

The store will help support Home At Last Equine Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization that is home to more than 60 horses, donkeys and mules, founded by Donna and Jim Kyle.

The store, at 611 Walnut St. is being managed by husband and wife, Helen Anderson and Ron Massey of Oroville. They and volunteers have been transforming the space from warehouse to storefront, pulling up old flooring and hammering on drywall.

The 4,000 square-foot store will carry the usual thrift store items of household goods, furniture, books and clothing. Because the proceeds will benefit a horse and mule rescue organization, staff plan on having equestrian items in the store, such as horse tack.

Already, there are a few clothing items, both children”s and adults” with horse motifs on them, according to Anderson. “There will be in space up front of the store,” she said Tuesday. “We want to make it clear what we”re doing,” in supporting rescued horses, she said. Another item for sale in the store is a large, almost new wood chipper.

Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, with donations accepted during business hours.

Home At Last Sanctuary was started in 2006, according Donna Kyle. She said it started when she decided she wanted a mule as a pet. The mule the couple found also came with another mule and a horse, so the Kyles took them in too.

Although the Kyles had not planned on it, “Word got around that we were doing rescue,” she said. From there, the two former educators began taking horses and mules that had been abused, neglected, abandoned or left for slaughter.

Today the Kyles” Yankee Hill property is home to their “pets,” — Rosie, Sparkle, Tess, Marnie, Jesse and other horses as well as mules Dobbins, Jennie and Jesse, plus four goats, two calves, four dogs and nine cats.

Monetary donations may be made directly to the sanctuary at Home At Last Sanctuary, P.O. Box 4129, Yankee Hill, CA 95965. The website is theequinest.com.

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