© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Lounging around some books, Moose Jaw Humane Society mascot Fatboy glances over at his girlfriend, Mama, at the shelter on Jan. 8, 2014.
Before working at the humane society, Stephenie Campbell went to the shelter’s annual book sales.
“I’m kind of a book nut myself and I was just out of control. I was filling bags and we’ve got a wonderful selection of kids’ books and a lot of them are like new,” said Campbell, now the promotions and outreach co-ordinator with the Moose Jaw Humane Society (MJHS).
“I mean, people bring in wonderful donations, bags of books that were read once. You know, they’re just like bookstore quality and I think it’s fun to come up and usually there’s something new coming up every day of the sale.”
The MJHS’s annual Barking Mad Book Sale will take place from Jan. 20 to Feb. 15 at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall.
“With the book sale, because it’s run by volunteers and the books are donated, all the funds go directly back into the shelter. So that’s one reason it’s a wonderful fundraiser,” said Campbell. “Of course the other thing is it gives people a really good selection of great books for a great price.”
The money raised from the sale will help the animals, including helping pay for veterinarian expenses, having pets spayed or neutered, food, litter, vaccinations for the animals and general upkeep of pets.
“(Also) it helps get the animals some treats or toys to help keep them occupied, especially in the winter — even the dogs are mostly indoors,” said Campbell. “People can be sure when they donate their books or when they come in and buy books, every little bit is helping the animals that are going through the shelter every week.”
Donations are currently accepted for the sale and will be accepted during the run of the sale as well. Good quality hardcover books, paperbacks, DVDs, videotapes, CDs or vintage vinyl records are accepted. She said good-quality fiction, non-fiction, hardcover books, paperbacks, children’s books and cookbooks tend to sell very well at the sale.
The humane society will not accept magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, instructional manuals and Reader’s Digest condensed books.
“The reason is we find those things don’t sell so our volunteers end up hauling them around and unpacking them and organizing them, but then we end up just sending them up to garbage anyway because we just can’t seem to get rid of them,” said Campbell.
She said the shelter needs volunteers to help run the sale in three-hour shifts and to help set up. Between Jan. 13 and Jan. 17, the shelter will begin to set up and haul the books for the sale.
“We usually have quite a large group of volunteers who come and help us set up, which takes the better part of a week just getting the books up there,” said Campbell. “We sort them and organize them by book type.”
She added it’s not easy getting the books to the mall for the sale.
“It’s a big undertaking. It’s like moving a library,” said Campbell. “And I’ve got to say, it’s an awesome book sale.”
For more information or to volunteer, contact the humane society at (306) 692-1517.
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