Gail Millard is one in a million to her community

Bounty Hunters charity store founder and owner Gail Millard is dedicated to making her community a better place 20 years later.

Bounty Hunters charity shop is more than a place that sells second-hand items to raise funds.

It’s a cornerstone in the Melville community, brought to life by a dynamic woman 20 years ago.

The store’s founder and owner Gail Millard has dedicated her life to serving others in society and has also taken in 150 abandoned cats at the store. These cats are eventually rehabilitated and re-homed. She said this was her third store that she has opened.

Dominique Aldo, Gail Millard and Lucy Cronje in the store that is considered a second home for many people.

“The need for charities is definitely becoming greater… there’s a general state of collapse and it’s very difficult at the moment,” she said. “So I’d appreciate more donations that I could sell for more funds in terms of the animal charities such as Four Paws and Animal Anti-Cruelty League. There’s a lot of abandoning of animals when there’s a recession and people don’t have that much to spare to give to animal organisations.”

Millard said she did not advertise that she took in abandoned cats but people seemed to know.

“I also help various people who sterilize and feed cats. I try and pay for their vet fees, supply them with food and I need to a lot more things to sell in order to do that because it’s expensive.”

She said the store had grown and progressed in terms of its customer base and charities that have come on board

It’s an everyday occurrence to see residents coming to do their shopping while socialising at the store. The community speaks highly of the work Millard does and it’s evident she has their full support.

Tebogo Molefe and Gail Millard stand in front of Bounty Hunters store.

Westdene resident Petro van der Walt said she had been friends with Millard since she opened the store. “She is such a caring person and is doing a phenomenal job with raising funds for charities and taking care of the cats,” said Van der Walt.

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