By Lauren Cabral

The Cove Herald

The Copperas Cove Animal Shelter has been the unofficial charity of choice of Brandi's Grooming for some time, said Tracy Carter, owner of the shop. The shop has been donating its grooming services to pets picked up by the shelter for some time, and now it will do even more to give back to the organization.

Brandi's Grooming will host a garage sale to benefit the shelter from 8 a.m. through the afternoon Aug. 6 outside the shop. Boxes and piles of toys, clothing and other assorted items have already been donated for the event. Carter said the support has been overwhelming.

"It started out as a small, little idea, and it's just taken off," Carter said. "The community has been amazing."

Carter, who bought Brandi's Grooming in February, said this is the first time the shop has had such an event, and all proceeds will go to the animal shelter. She said donations have poured in from Copperas Cove, Lampasas, Fort Hood and elsewhere; she and her staff also have picked up larger donations from as far away as Troy.

Brandi's Grooming will donate new pet outfits to sell, as well as all-natural pet treats.

Area vendors have also pledged to contribute. Carter said Five Hills Barbecue will be at the garage sale selling chopped beef sandwiches, and Eat Snow, owned by Brandi's Grooming customer Florence Briggs, will sell snow cones. Part of both groups' proceeds will go to the shelter.

Senior Animal Control Officer David Wellington said the shelter would use the proceeds to buy medicine for the animals, take them to the vet and buy food for them.

"I think it's great because not too many people do things like this for us," he said.

Carter said she wanted to help the shelter so more animals could be adopted out and fewer would be euthanized. She said she realized many people supported no-kill shelters, but others needed support as well.

"They are the little guys, and they do need the help," she said of the shelter. "In my mind, they're just as important."

Carter urged people to attend the sale, and said she'd like it to become an annual event.

"I think it'll do very well," she said. "I hope this will be the first of many years."

Donations for the sale may be dropped off at Brandi's Grooming at 301 W. U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To request pickup for donations, call (254) 547-9663.

Contact Lauren Cabral at or (254) 501-7476.

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