Earth Day book swap and anniversary planned

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The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County will be hosting a special dual celebratory event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22 at the Lake Panasoffkee shelter.

2017 marks their 35th anniversary serving Sumter County's animals in need. In addition, they will celebrate Earth Day with many "green" activities such as meeting local wildlife rehabilitators and animals, free educational information of the many Florida native animal and plant species and how to experience Florida's beautiful environment.

There will be native plants, food, music, shelter tours and demos will provide visitors many ways to enrich our community.  Exhibitors will include FWC, UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension residential horticulture agent Jim Davis, UF/IFAS Sumter County Master Gardeners, the Florida Native Plant Society, Shady Oaks Gather All Nursery, Nature Coast CISMA and others.

This Earth Day/35th Anniversary event will also be host to multiple recycling opportunities such as a book swap, where people can bring any donated books, emphasizing themes of animals/nature/travel and have the opportunity to receive free books in return.

"It's as simple as 'bring a book, take a book' in order to recycle and share throughout our community" said fundraising and public relations chairperson,  Claudia Labbe.

"Other book topics are also welcome but the main theme is to keep with animals, the environment, nature and travel throughout our beautiful planet" she added.

 If someone does not bring any books, they may make a donation for ones they wish to get at the book swap. In addition to the book swap, there will many items available in a yard sale. Any items which remain after the event will be donated to assist local charity thrift stores.

For those who wish to repurpose their used pet items (leashes, harnesses, crates, beds, towels, litter boxes, etc.), they can be brought on Earth Day and receive a tax receipt on the spot. Aluminum cans, used ink cartridges, old cell phones and tablets will be accepted for recycling as well to assist in the HS/SPCA's fundraising/recycling efforts.

Learn about the HS/SPCA's goal to construct Central Florida's 1st "Green" Animal Shelter.  Kennel Manager, Carol Legrand, pointed out that "one of the kindest ways to recycle is to re-purpose a shelter pet from homeless to homeward bound." Get involved in this fun Earth Day event and help “GREEN UP” Sumter County!

The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based organization helping all animals in need throughout Sumter County, Florida.  Donations directly help to cover the cost of saving, treating, and caring for neglected, abused and abandoned animals.  Learn more about the HS/SPCA at hsspca.org, 352-793-9117, on Facebook or at the shelter located at 994 CR 529A, in Lake Panasoffkee, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.