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Living Love Animal Rescue moves thrift store to Marble Falls to pursue mission

Catalina Masters, 7, named a 5-week-old kitten ‘Jack’ during the Living Love Animal Rescue Thrift Store’s grand opening Aug. 15. The thrift store, 407 Main St. in Marble Falls, supports the nonprofit’s no-kill dog and cat shelter. Masters sold lemonade this summer and donated more than $115 to the shelter. Staff photo by Jared Fields

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — Sandra Santee said she decided to move the Living Love Animal Rescue Thrift Store to a better location, and did just that.Santee, the rescue’s executive director, laughed at how simple it sounded.

“In life, that’s pretty much the way things are,” said Santee at the store’s new location, 407 Main St. “You make a decision and go to figuring out how you’re going to do it.”

That determination has the rescue’s thrift store in a nice storefront in downtown Marble Falls, just behind the American Bank of Texas.

Santee said the store is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

Previously, the store was in a Cottonwood Shores location that was without electricity.

The new storefront was aided during its grand opening Aug. 15 by the gift of a 7-year-old girl.

Catalina Masters turned her lemonade stand and love of animals into a more than $115 gift that she presented to the rescue.

Her mother, Sharon Sheffield, said Catalina began making quite a bit of money.

“I said, ‘Honey, you can’t keep all this money. You’ve got to give it back to the community,” Sheffield said.

After covering expenses, and tithing to her church, Catalina picked Living Love as her charity of choice.

“Last summer, I started (selling lemonade), and I didn’t know this shop was opening. I did it for fun,” she said.

After seeing an article about the rescue, Catalina said, “I decided I wanted to do it for the animals, for this new (store) that opened.”

Catalina’s gift isn’t the only one the rescue has received. Santee said the rescue, store and donations have put enough into the nonprofit’s reserve to purchase property to build its own shelter.

Living Love has been looking for property but has not found the right fit yet, Santee said.

“It’s like looking for a new home,” she said. “You go through a lot of them before you find one that works for you.”

Living Love Animal Rescue is a no-kill dog and cat rescue. To volunteer, donate or learn more, call Santee at (512) 755-4476.

jared@thepicayune.com