Book store, animal adoption group join forces!

This news comes from the Sturgis Journal...

By Rosalie Currier

Marge Malone and Merrily Hamp are animal lovers and book lovers alike. Malone helped start Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption Inc., and Hamp organizes volunteers for Paws and Claws Bookstore that supports the Ark.

Pets in LaGrange County have a better chance at life, and book lovers are benefiting, too.

Paws and Claws, a used bookstore across from the town square in Howe, Ind., supports Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption Inc.

Readers can support unwanted pets by donating books to Paws and Claws or by picking up some fresh reading material in exchange.

The organization started in 2005 when Scott Hanna, Staci Phillips and Marge Malone could no longer bear to have so many pets at the LaGrange County Animal Shelter euthanized.

They developed an organization that cares for injured, sick, neglected and abused animals, provides medical care like rabies vaccinations, and spaying and neutering when possible.

All of it is preparation for adoptable pets to find a good place in the world, but it all costs money.

“Last year we spent more than $14,000 in medical care,” Malone said.

While they receive grants to help fund their efforts, the organization also opened a used bookstore. All bookstore proceeds go to the Ark because Peoples Federal Savings Bank in Howe, donates space that houses the bookstore facility, and volunteers donate their time to work in the store.

Since Ark began, not one adoptable pet at the county’s animal shelter has been put down, Malone said, and more than 300 animals now experience a much more interesting and useful life.