The good news is that more people than ever are aware of the high rates of euthanasia in our country's shelters and kind souls are banding together to do something about it. More and more communities recognize the value of rehoming dogs that others have abandoned or forgotten. Personal stories are spreading about the wonderful matches that can happen when a person takes a chance on a second-hand dog.
Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers, and Always Faithful Friends by Val Silver and Team Rescue is a little book full of heartfelt stories by people who found strength and solace in their do-over dog companions in troubled times. This easy-reading book was published to raise awareness and funds for an ever-growing network of volunteers who rescue, foster, and rehome dogs. The recurrent theme of the stories is that hard-to-place, physically or emotionally scarred critters often end up rescuing the humans who take them home! Val Silver writes, "Dogs are masters of creating emotionally safe spaces just by being themselves." The stories compiled in this book show just how important each dog became in the life of the adopter.
The photographs, though much like a family photo album of black and white snapshots, add a depth to the stories by giving a face to dog and human. What you end up with are voices speaking for foster dogs who became family, and the lost who became found.
If you want to learn more about what rescue groups do, or if you just want to read some short stories that inspire faith in humanity, this book is worth a look. The author has compiled some of the best quotes about dogs to introduce the stories. This particular one strikes a chord with me: "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." —Anatole France
Reading this book made me appreciate the dedication that volunteers have for opening their hearts to give a cast-away dog a new life.
Read an excerpt from this book; watch the book trailer.
Val Silver is an educator, wellness coach and animal lover, putting her interests together in her first book Rescue Me to raise funds for animal rescue organizations. She lives in upstate New York. Visit her blog.
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