Book sales help fund care for animals of the homeless

By: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
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book sale

What: A fundraising book sale to benefit A New Hope Animal Foundation

When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday

Where: 2166 Swetzer Road in Penryn

Info: Prices range from 25 cents to $1. Book donations are welcome as well as animal supplies and blankets for rescue groups.

Classics, Cats & Cabernet

What: An event to benefit Fieldhaven Feline Rescue

When: Saturday, June 15

Where: 2754 Ironwood Lane, Lincoln

Info: Visit

When did you get the idea to collect and sell books to help the homeless feed their animals?

I started out just holding yard sales in 1990 and it turned into mostly a book sale, although I still sell miscellaneous items that are donated.

Describe a specific incident that compelled you to begin the project.

My inspiration was Dede Shaw, who founded the Auburn Spay & Neuter Clinic, along with two of her friends.  I saw an article about her in the newspaper in 1990 and thought she was doing wonderful work. The clinic is truly nonprofit, spaying and neutering 200,000 animals since being in business. I started helping her by going to garage sales and buying whatever the clinic needed. It progressed into having my own sales where the animal-welfare groups would bring items to sell.  The groups receive 100 percent of the profits.

Is your book business a charity or do you donate part of your funds to providing food to the homeless for their animals?

What I do is help small animal-welfare groups who need funds.  I also help individual pet owners who need help. 

Do you give the funds you raise directly to organizations such as Lincoln’s feline rescue group?

The funds go to help the homeless care for their pets with emergency vet care, food, etc. We also have blanket drives to help the homeless and their pets, especially in the winter. One of the groups, Welfare of our Furry Friends, goes to Loaves & Fishes once a month to help the homeless with their animals. No one is turned away.

How much have you raised in 2012 - 2013 from book sales?


How many books did you take in 2012 - 2013?

I receive about 500 books a day, keeping around 60 percent. The rest go to Salvation Army. 

Describe your book-storage facility.

I have a 5,000-square-foot barn in Penryn and about 2,500 square feet is used for book sales.  The space holds around 20,000 books.

How many book sources do you get donated books from?

We pick up books from a used book store six days a week.  The rest of the books come from over 30 individuals and animal-welfare groups such as A New Hope Animal Foundation in Loomis, the Placer County SPCA in Roseville and Fieldhaven Feline Rescue in Lincoln. The Book Cellar in Lincoln also donates books.

What stories have you heard about how your funds have benefited specific homeless people or their animals?

A dear friend who is also in animal welfare just took in a dog named Suzi that she got from a homeless man who couldn’t take care of her.  Suzi was very thin and needed some TLC (tender loving care).  My friend took her to the vet, fed her well and she’s now a beautiful dog ready for adoption.  All this costs money and she couldn’t do all the wonderful work she does without funds received from these book sales.


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