The proceeds from a second-hand book sale fundraiser held on Saturday will go to the continued care of animals at the Big Ears Sanctuary.
The sanctuary takes in animals who have been mistreated, abused, or abandoned and provides them with medical care and a forever home.
However, to help keep the sanctuary running and providing the best care possible, a new hospital needs to be built on-site, so the idea of the book fundraiser was born.
Manager Brett Steele said when the event first opened at 10am, Pilgrim Hall, about 40 people headed straight in.
"We have seen old, young, and kids buying a mix of books including travel books and crime thrillers. Everything is going," he said.
"There are so many books, I reckon there would be about 3000.
"I did pinch one book, Learning Guitar for Dummies."
The team at Big Ears raised $5000 towards the care they provide and the building of the hospital.
Mr Steele said the new hospital would allow the team to provide acute care for animals that came in badly mistreated or had more specific issues to attend to.
Riverside resident Jennie Taylor said she thought the fundraiser was a wonderful idea to raise money for the sanctuary and she wanted to go after hearing about it on the radio.
"Especially in Launceston, I think people are really interested in book sales," she said.
"I like looking for gifts for Christmas."
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