The Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) is encouraging residents to share their love of animals for the month of March through its second annual fine forgiveness pet food drive, “Kibbles and Books.” Patrons may donate food for both dogs and cats to reduce overdue fines on their accounts. Canned food will reduce fines by $2 per can; dry food will reduce fines by $5 per 5 lb. bag. Donations will be accepted at both library locations beginning March 1.
The idea for the program came about from the NPL’s Teen Advisory Board last year after a visit from Juanita Murphy, Natchitoches Humane Society President, inspired teens to action. Susan Hilton, a regular volunteer at the Natchitoches Humane Society, is excited to see what the partnership with the NPL will result in this year. “We are so grateful to have community support in our caring for the animals of Natchitoches,” says Mrs. Hilton.
“Kibbles and Books” will run at both library locations through the end of March. Donations may only be applied to fines resulting from overdue items. The Natchitoches Humane Society prefers the brand “4health,” available at Tractor Supply, for its nutritional value, especially for nursing sick animals back to health for adoption. However, any donations will be accepted and used in the feeding of foster-animals before they find their forever homes.
For more information concerning this, or any other NPL program, residents may contact Alan Niette, Community Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-238-9236, or by visiting the Natchitoches Parish Library Facebook page.