One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and A Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues

One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and A Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues

by Cara Sue Achterberg


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A challenging foster dog inspires an experienced foster mama to explore where the endless stream of unwanted dogs is coming from—and how things could change.

After nearly a year struggling to find a home for a particular foster dog, Cara begins to wonder how the story ends—when will all the dogs be saved? Even after the one-hundredth foster dog passes through Cara’s home, the stream of homeless dogs appears endless. Seized by the need to act, Cara grabs her best friend, fills a van with donations, and heads south to discover what is really happening in the rural shelters where her foster dogs originate.

What she discovers will break her heart and compel her to share the story of heroes and villains and plenty of good dogs, in the hope of changing this world.

From North Carolina where pit bulls fill the shelters and heart-worm rages to Tennessee where dogs are left forgotten in pounds and on to Alabama where unlikely heroes fight in a state that has largely forsaken its responsibilities to its animals, Cara meets the people working on the front lines in this national crisis of unwanted animals. The dogs, the people and their inspiring stories draw her south again and again in search of answers and maybe a dog of her own.

One Hundred Dogs and Counting will introduce the reader to many wonderful dogs—from sweet Oreo to quirky Flannery—but also to inspirational people sacrificing personal lives and fortunes to save deserving animals.

Join Cara on the rescue road as she follows her heart into the places where too many dogs are forgotten and discovers glimmers of hope that the day is coming when every dog will have a home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643134123
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,186,724
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Cara Sue Achterberg is the author of several books, including I’m Not Her and Girls Weekend, which were national bestsellers. She is the author of Another Good Dog, also available from Pegasus Books, and lives in New Freedom, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Loose Dog 1

2 Dogs Are Expensive 7

3 Wearing Out Your Welcome 16

4 Full-on Life 21

5 Lost Dog 27

6 Projecting 34

7 Is She Ever Leaving? 40

8 A Web of Enablers 46

9 Going Abroad 52

10 Breaking Point 58

11 Lessons Learned 65

12 She's Really Gone 69

13 One-Hundredth Dog 75

14 Hatching a Plan 82

15 Post-Traumatic Gala Disorder 86

16 Unicorns and a Beauty Queen 93

17 Fame 97

18 And … Go! 102

19 Warning Signs 107

20 Rescue Gets Real 111

21 The Difference One Hour Makes 120

22 Too Late 125

23 Hope 133

24 New Co-pilot 143

25 These Boots Are Made for Rescuing 152

26 A Real Rescue 157

27 Home Again, but Different 164

28 End of the Tour, Beginning of Something Else 171

29 The Cost to a Heart 177

30 Rescue Road Trip 181

31 It Was the Pitties That Broke My Heart 189

32 Which Dogs Will Die? 195

33 Mother and Son Rescue Road Trip 201

34 Tennessee Heroes 207

35 Where Is the Line between Caring and Killing? 215

36 Who Will Let the Dogs Out? 224

37 Back to Tennessee 227

38 Doing the Impossible 234

39 The Fuzzy Definition of No-Kill 240

40 Alabama 250

41 The Shepherd and His Lambs 256

42 One Last Stop 262

43 It's Time 267

Epilogue 271

Other Ways to Help 277

Resource List 285

Acknowledgments 289

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