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Coffee company to donate $1,000 to South Bend animal shelter

A Notre Dame student’s coffee company is out to save man’s best friend.

Grounds and Hounds Coffee Company funds no-kill animal shelters through sales of fair trade coffee. Twenty percent of company revenue goes to animal rescue shelters across the country, including South Bend’s Pet Refuge.

Founder Jordan Karcher got the idea after adopting his Dalmatian, Molly. He launched the company in spring 2013. 

“There is still a drastic shortfall of suitable homes and safe-haven shelters for abandoned dogs,” the Grounds for Hounds website reads. “We strongly believe that every dog, young and old, deserves a second chance at a better life with a loving family.”

“Every pound saves a hound.”

This month, WSBT reports, Grounds and Hounds will donate at least $1,000 to Pet Refuge, a no-kill shelter in South Bend. Pet Refuge costs about $20,000 a month to run and relies on donations.

After adopting Molly, Karcher wanted to help rescue other dogs like her, according to the Grounds and Hounds website.

“I looked at it from the standpoint of ’what can I do to give back?’” he said in an interview with WSBT. “Using my experience in business and my passion for coffee, my passion for animals.”

Karcher told WSBT that 30 bags of Grounds and Hounds coffee could pay to move a dog from a high-kill shelter to a no-kill shelter. 

Grounds and Hounds coffee can be bought wholesale or by the 12-ounce bag online.

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