No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs

No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs

by Rob Laidlaw

The goal of a puppy mill is to produce the maximum number of puppies in the cheapest way possible. That's why expensive items - proper housing, care, food, and medical attention - are ignored. Dogs have been loyal to Humankind for thousands of years. We cherish them as companions, groom them as show dogs and depend on them as working partners. But today, millions


The goal of a puppy mill is to produce the maximum number of puppies in the cheapest way possible. That's why expensive items - proper housing, care, food, and medical attention - are ignored. Dogs have been loyal to Humankind for thousands of years. We cherish them as companions, groom them as show dogs and depend on them as working partners. But today, millions of dogs are neglected and malnourished. And millions of other dogs are used in scientific research and for entertainment, and kept as pets in a remarkable diversity of conditions. In No Shelter Here, animal advocate and chartered biologist Rob Laidlaw explores the world of homeless, free ranging, mistreated, and exploited dogs, and the challenges they face. But more importantly, he focuses on the people he calls "dog champions" - those individuals, small groups and professional organizations around the world who dedicate their lives to helping dogs. Enhanced with photos, informational sidebars and inspiring good-news stories, No Shelter Here will galvanize young readers to become Dog Champions in their own communities.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Laidlaw urges readers to become “Dog Champions” by learning about the threats facing dogs and advocating for their welfare. While statistics about homeless and maltreated dogs are grim (Detroit’s homeless dog population is estimated at 50,000; U.S. puppy mills produce 500,000 dogs per year), Laidlaw offers heartening profiles of children and adults taking action around the world, such as campaigning against puppy mills and running spaying and neutering organizations. The book also explores “good” versus “bad” jobs for dogs (with a thoughtful discussion of sled dog racing), as well as such practices as chaining or “debarking” dogs, and Laidlaw includes tips for prospective dog owners looking to adopt. Full-color photographs appear throughout, with additional information about threats to and programs supporting dogs appear in sidebars. While the anecdotes of real-life animal abuse are sometimes painful to read, they should provide ample incentive for readers who are serious about improving the lives of dogs. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)
CM Magazine
Even if your budget is tight (whose isn't?) you will still want to find the money to purchase No Shelter Here which is so much more than just another dog book . . . Impassioned, empowering and informative, No Shelter Here will fill a void in your dog books collection that you may not have even known you had. **Highly Recommended**
"A most important book that will help form children's sense of community, understanding, and respect for others."
"No Shelter Here is brimming with fact…Young readers will be entertained and enlightened...while the cats of the world wait patiently for Rob Laidlaw to shed light on their lives."
[An] engaging text . . . Abundantly stocked with color photographs and supplemented with online resources and a glossary, this book invites children to pause and consider our friends who have paws.
Ontario Library Association Best Bets
This book provides information regarding maltreatment, hints and tips for owners, and highlights individuals and organizations making a difference in world for dogs.
Vancouver Humane Society Executive Director
No Shelter Here is my favorite kind of animal book – packed with information that will help dogs, but without the pessimistic overtones that so often make them hard to read.
California Marin Humane Society
This book is a remarkable gift of inspiration, passion, and celebration of how children can learn to protect dogs from the unkind and irresponsible realities around the world.
Ten Stories Up blog
"Manages to be heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. Heartbreaking because it's the story of the millions of dogs that are neglected, abused, and abandoned all around the world. Beautiful, because Laidlaw makes doing something about it seem so easy. He lays out problems and solutions with honesty and clarity, and as proof that people can make a difference, he profiles a number of individuals who are doing just that. Best of all, most of the 'Dog Champions' he features are kids and teens, which will show readers that they can help, no matter what their age.The book's design is also beautiful. It's heavily illustrated and visually appealing, with lots of sidebars and bullet points to emphasize key information...An eye-opening book for dog lovers of all ages, No Shelter Here will also appeal to schools and libraries."
Northern Dogs Project International Fund for Animal Welfare
"No Shelter Here is a comprehensive, all-things-dog book that leads youth to look into the issues that affect dogs every day at the hands of their best friends... us. Each section sheds light on a hard hitting dog related issue and then refocuses on the positive through the amazing powers of Animal Champions and what they are doing every day around the world to make the lives of less fortunate dogs better. Youth (and adults alike!) cannot help but feel motivated to take that first step towards making a difference for dogs, wherever they may be."
Jonathan Balcombe
"Rob Laidlaw has done it again! This lively, accessible, richly illustrated book brilliantly covers important issues for dogs and their guardians."
Marin Humane Society
"This fun, factual book takes the reader around the world on many important topics that dogs face every day."
Liz White
"Stories about young people working to improve the lives of dogs worldwide are inspirational. I hope this book motivates more people, young and old, to make the world a better place for animals."
Kristin Beach
"As Rob Laidlaw so beautifully describes in No Shelter Here, knowledge of the suffering and injustice is what compels people to take action."
Dr. Jill Robinson
"Please join Rob's call in becoming a Dog Champion, united in the one indisputable fact that our very best friend in the world has a wet nose and a wagging tail."
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
The author is a well-known animal rights activist who has traveled the world examining the conditions in which dogs live, and he knows the subject thoroughly. He makes a convincing argument that the plight of homeless, wild, exploited, or mistreated dogs has serious consequences not only for the dogs themselves but for the humans that live with and around them. The author advocates many sensible solutions to the overpopulation problem, including catch, spay, and release programs; rescue groups and adoption centers; and more humane animal control facilities. The stars of this book are the young people whom the author calls "dog champions." Each chapter features one or two youngsters who, by their own efforts, have made life better for unwanted dogs. Such true success stories are inspiring and, as a teaching tool, can motivate others to take action on their own. The author also takes aim at unnecessary surgeries, such as tail docking and ear clipping, and inbreeding for qualities that are prized in the show ring but are detrimental to the dogs' health; one wishes that he had spent more time on these contentious issues. Nevertheless, it has to be noted that the author is interested in defending only one point of view: that of the dogs. There is no discussion here of the legitimate use of beagles in scientific experiments that have saved human lives; or of the beneficial uses of crates or electric collars; or of the impossibility of unlimited caring for all unwanted dogs in modern, expensive shelters. The unqualified designation of PETA as a "dog champion" also ignores the criticism of that organization's tactics. Despite the biased point of view, however, this book boasts recommend, and it would be useful in any classroom or discussion of animal rights. The book contains a glossary and an index. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
Gr 3–8—Canine lovers will discover a broad array of topics useful for caring for dogs and becoming an advocate for their humane treatment. Chapters are brief but chock-full of information. Readers learn about breeders and what to look for, homeless dogs and types of shelters, and cruel activities such as dogfighting and dog racing. Animal advocates from adults to children are championed for initiating spay-and-neutering clinics and getting legislation passed making it illegal to chain dogs. Tips on how to care for pets, how to keep a dog chain free, along with information on why canines bark, and protecting oneself against bites are provided in easy-to-read sidebars. International stories about dog advocacy are also cited. Numerous attractive full-color photographs appear throughout. Children will come away from this book educated and inspired to become "Dog Champions" by volunteering in animal-related agencies. Clubs and young people's organizations looking for service projects should discover many ways to make a difference in the lives of these animals. Purchase this for pet sections and promote it to readers wanting to learn more than just the basics of dog care.—Nancy Baumann, University of Missouri-Columbia
Kirkus Reviews
An informative and visually varied introduction to problems affecting dogs worldwide. In a short, colorful volume with sidebars and photographs on nearly every page, professional dog advocate Laidlaw (Wild Animals in Captivity, 2008) presents facts about how dogs live, provides an overview of the cruelty dogs face at the hands of humans and offers profiles of young activists who are working to better dogs' lives. Readers who know dogs best as pets will find new information here: The author gives as much time to discussions of street dogs in Detroit and India and the working conditions of sled dogs as he does to the more familiar topics of dog adoption and caring for a canine pet. Dogs' mistreatment in research facilities and at the hands of some pet owners is addressed frankly but gently, and photographs of cramped puppy mills or dogs neglectfully chained outdoors inspire pathos but do not depend on shock value. A few questions raised by the text go unanswered--the author insists that "dogs ... are our friends--not food" but neither extends this claim toward other animals nor explains why dogs, in his view, are different. At just 64 pages, the book does not delve deeply into any individual topic, but a list of animal welfare websites points interested readers toward further information. A worthy overview that may well inspire readers to become "Dog Champions." (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)

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Pajama Press
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7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
1150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Rob Laidlaw has devoted his life to protecting animals and empowering others to do the same. He is the founder of several animal protection organizations and an author of 6 children's books about animal welfare and activism. No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs won the OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award and the Hackmatack Award; its companion book, Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends, is nominated for the same awards. Rob lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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