Rescuing Rover: Saving America's Dogs'

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 23, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 80 pages
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Nearly 75 million dogs live with American families, where many sleep in our beds, walk us to school, and eat our unwanted broccoli. However, millions of dogs are born in America each year without a place to live. Most of these animals find themselves in shelters, and many, if they are not adopted, are put to sleep. Raymond Bial takes readers into the genesis of the dog overpopulation problem, covering puppy mills, pet stores, and backyard breeders, and then he profiles a local animal shelter, sharing with readers the ins and outs of daily life there. Who runs animal shelters? Who plays with the pets? How long do they stay? And how can you adopt one?

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User Review  - Sandert1 - LibraryThing

Great book on how animal shelters work! This book describes how animals come to shelters, the services they provide, and how animal adoptions work. Likewise, it gives a good, straightforward history ... Read full review

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A wonderful introduction to the excellent work of what the ASPCA, HSUS, and other animal welfare organizations do to protect dogs from exploitation, abuse, and neglect, as well as the work shelters ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Raymond Bial is the author and photo-illustrator of more than hundred acclaimed books for children and adults, including Amish Home, Frontier Home, The Underground Railroad, Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side, Nauvoo: Mormon City on the Mississippi River, and most recently Ellis Island: Coming to the Land of Liberty and Nauvoo: Mormon City on the Mississippi River. His books have received numerous awards from the American Library Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Children’s Book Council, and many other organizations. His daughter Anna, who has illustrated two of Raymond’s books, is a fashion designer in New York City. Raymond lives in Urbana, Illinois, with his wife, Linda, their children, Sarah and Luke, and their various pets.

While writing Rescuing Rover, he managed to photograph for an entire day at the local shelter before adopting Isabel, a petite and demure Siamese cat. He and Linda now have another Siamese named Leo, four rescued dogs, and Isabel who actually considers herself an "honorary dog." Isabel loves to hang out with the dogs, especially when treats are being handed out.

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