From the dog kennels and the cat rooms to a puppy mill raid and rides in the shelter ambulance, Elizabeth Hess introduces innumerable animals and humans who will inspire, educate, and break readers’ hearts. “Intelligent, warmhearted and deserving of attention” (New York Times Book Review).
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
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|Afterword: Finding the Right Pet||209|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow. This book should be a must read for every person who has ever given up an animal to a shelter, those who think rescuing pets will be easy, and those who are considering volunteering.The author, Elizabeth Hess, volunteers at a shelter partly because she thinks it will give material for a book, and partly because her daughter joins the junior volunteers at the shelter. She starts with certain expectation (all good dogs get adopted), and that the staff are over the top animal activists who are too picky about where the animals go to. She quickly learns the staff has to be picky, or else the shelter runs a revolving door as animals get returned as quickly as they get adopted out. She follows investigators as they determine an animals life or death status (by law, they can only take animals that are neglected to the point of almost death), a puppy-mill raid, those who give up their animals because they have no where else to turn for help, and others who give up animals because the animal no longer is fun. She covers how a kill-shelter works, and compares it to a no-kill. Its a hard book to read, but its not dark. There are stories about animals that make it, and many that don't. The hardest chapters to read is the one about Euthanasia, and the difference between a no-kill and kill shelters, although I do want to point not all no-kill shelters are of the type described in the book, a few no-kill shelters are open admission and adopt out all healthy animals (without skewing numbers by describing healthy animals as unadoptable)
I began reading this book just before my employment began with a local shelter. Though an emotional read, Lost And Found by Elizabeth Hess helped prepare me for what I face everyday at work. We have 2 dogs we adopted from the shelter where I am employed, and a third from a local dog rescue group I volunteer with. I always knew it was better to adopt than shop, but working at the shelter makes me realize how priceless shelters, their employees and volunteers are. We are blessed to have such wonderful dogs, too!