Book lovers donate $3,000+ to animal shelter - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Book lovers donate $3,000+ to animal shelter

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CARBONDALE, Ill. – A book giveaway over the weekend ended with plenty of happy readers and a generous donation to the St. Francis Care Animal Shelter.

During Saturday's massive book giveaway at the recently closed Bookworm bookstore, customers stocked up on lots of free books, but also donated $3,241 to St. Francis Care Animal Shelter. The donations during the daylong event were made in memory of Casper, the Lazy Bookstore Cat, who lived and was loved for more than 15 years at the Bookworm. Casper died last month, just as the bookstore was closing.

"We were extremely pleased with both the generosity of the folks who donated and also the number of books that found new homes," says Bookworm co-owner Carl Rexroad. While there are still a number of books in the store, the number left is much more manageable, he says.

St. Francis Care is a no-kill shelter and veterinary care organization for lost, unwanted and abandoned animals until they can be placed in a kind and loving home. The charity also seeks to improve the community as a whole by educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering in order to prevent undesired breeding and minimize the need for euthanasia, and by promoting the adoption of animals as pets from pounds, shelters and animal rescue groups.

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