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Hobo’s Home, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization based in Millerton, and From My Shelf Books & Gifts, a bookstore at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro, are inviting the public to participate in a fundraiser to benefit at-risk cats. The fundraiser begins this Friday, Sept. 1 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 30. During the month, Kevin Coolidge will donate $2 to Hobo’s Home for each animal picture book purchased by customers. “We appreciate Kevin’s generosity and his compassion for cats,” said Jesse Nice who founded Hobo’s Home, Inc. in 2020. Its primary focus is on cats. Coolidge wrote four of the five animal picture books involved in the fundraiser. They are children’s books but would make a good gift for animal lovers of any age. They are: “Hobo Finds a Home,” “Huck & Finn, Bookstore Cats,” “Molly, the Dog with Diabetes,” and “Rebecca, White House Raccoon.” Stephanie “Stubby” Webb of Iowa wrote and illustrated the fifth, “Lucas, Service Dog.” published by From My Shelf Books Press. It’s about Lucas, her real life service dog and written from his point of view about how he helps her and a typical day for him. “Hobo Finds a Home” is the first picture book Coolidge wrote and published and is still popular with children today. It’s the story of how Hobo left the farm, had adventures and found a forever home. “Hobo was our bookstore cat from 2006 to 2014,” said Coolidge. “After he passed away, we adopted Huck and Finn.” “As a rescue, our mission is to home and re-home at-risk cats as well as provide TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and spay and neuter assistance as funding allows,” said Jesse Nice. “Hobo’s Home, Inc. is 100 percent volunteer-run so any donations go directly to the care of homeless cats and allow us to take in more. We are a foster-based organization, meaning our volunteers foster cats and kittens in their own homes,” Nice said. “Since starting Hobo’s Home in 2020, 137 cats have been adopted,” said Nice. “Kevin, owner of My Shelf Books contacted me soon after I had started Hobo’s Home. It turned out that he too had an orange tabby cat named Hobo that was super close to his heart. That is something that he and I have in common,” said Nice. “Kevin told me about his Hobo and the book he had written about him,” she said “That’s when I first got the idea to do a fundraiser with ‘Hobo Finds a Home’ as well as other children’s books about animals that Kevin had written. I like to do fundraisers that support local businesses and people whenever possible. It helps us and it helps the local folks as well,”  said Nice. “In 2022, we did the fundraiser for the first time and it was very successful. Kevin generously donated $2 to our rescue from each book sold,” Nice said. People can purchase the books online through wellsborobookstore.com or kevincoolidge.org or can go to From My Shelf Books in Wellsboro and purchase them there or call 570-724-5793 for more information. “From My Shelf is great to work with toward a common goal and is very good at advocating for animals,” said Nice.   Learn more about Hobo’s Home, Inc. in Millerton, PA at http://www.facebook.com/HobosHomePA, visit the online store at https://www.bonfire.com/store/hobos-home-online-store/ or search  Petfinder for available pets they have up for adoption.

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