Lost and Found : Dogs, Cats, and Everyday Heroes at a Country Animal Shelter
6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1
from not specified, not specified not specified on Wednesday, February 19, 2003
" Lost and found, a cross between ER and The Hidden Life of Dogs, is filled with stories of people and animals interacting with great intensity. The location is a small, rickety animal shelter in upstate New York. Journalist and former arts writer Elizabeth Hess began as a prospective dog owner, turned into a volunteer, and then became the chronicler of the lives of the saints who care for the animals. She brings to life the pets-lively, funny, endearing, and all in jeopardy...Meet a range of pets from the puppies and kittens to the old, beloved animals who are hard to adopt and impossible to forget. You will rub shoulders with all kinds of pet owners from the wealthiest individuals to the most impoverished. You will also learn a great deal about the human species as you meet the animals we love and leave and the people who care for them."
Journal Entry 2
Sending to Bayouposte in Bossier City, Louisiana USA on Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Release planned for Wednesday, February 26, 2003
at Sending to Bayouposte
in Bossier City, Louisiana USA.
Lost and Found: Dogs, Cats, and Everyday Heroes at a Country Animal Shelter arrived from Canada today. Thanks, Katherine.
Reading through the introductory material, I wondered whether or not I would really enjoy the book. Shouldn't have worried; once I got into the first chapter, it read like a novel.
An eye-opening account of what working in an animal shelter can entail, this book really does make heroes of both workers and some of the animals they care for.
The writing is engaging, but matter of fact; the author doesn't try to sentimentalize the animals and never gets maudlin. Don't believe I could have read it had the author not been able to keep her perspective on the subject because some of it (the raid on the puppy mill, especially) wrenches your heart in descriptions of the appalling conditions the animals endured.
She treats the callousness of some pet owners with the same perspective, letting the outrage the reader feels be a result of reason rather than an emotional assault.
But the heroes, both workers and animals, are the main force of the book and left me full of admiration.
This arrived yesterday from the bayou. I'm looking forward to reading this and then sharing it with another animal lover.
I put off reading this after I read the introduction. I was worried that I would not care for it; that it would be overwhelming or just over the top. I should not have worried. Hess is able to be objective and present the facts. I was aware of much of what she presented but Hess gives us the benefit of a first hand account.
I admire those who can work in these shelters. I think I wouldn't be able to handle it. Of course I have five dogs already...I'm not sure I could resist taking home some of the hard luck cases. This book has made me think that perhaps I should volunteer help to our local shelter. If not time then money or supplies.
This book makes you want to be a better human.
Journal Entry 7
-- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Rabck in Springfield, Missouri USA on Friday, May 30, 2003
Released on Friday, May 30, 2003
at Another bookcrosser
in Springfield, Missouri USA.
This is on the way to Minnesota where I'm sure Appaloosatb will give it a scratch behind the ears before sending it to its next foster home. ;-}
Recieved this book today - I'll begin reading it as soon as Duke & I have finished with our dog agility class. :c)
I was hooked right from the Introduction, and the book only got better! Elizabeth Hess writes about some tough issues in an easy-to-follow format with a fair, factual tone while still making everything interesting by telling about real-life events pertaining to the subject. Shelter animals really are the best pets - I should know, I have two! The photo is of my rescued cat, Trouble.
This lovely book arrived safe and sound today. I plan to read it and then find a new good home for it.
I should add that I have a rescued cat -- Caligula the feisty calico. :)
Lovely book about a difficult subject. Elizabeth Hess writes well about her time working at the animal shelter.
Journal Entry 12
at on Thursday, March 22, 2007
Released 12 yrs ago (4/2/2007 UTC) at
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
RABCKing to lobodyke.
I received this kind RABCK yesterday ~ it's been on my wishlist for a while because I'm a major softie for animals. I live in a rural area and volunteer at the animal shelter, so I know how hard the day-to-day work can be. Thank goodness we have our animals to turn to at the end of a bad (or good) day ... My own dog is an Airedale Terrier mix from the humane society and she looks amazingly similar to the dog on the cover of this book. I'm also fostering a wonderful senior English Setter, whose picture is on my bookshelf [http://www.bookcrossing.com/mybookshelf/lobodyke].
Being reserved for a trade with 1lilbookworm, once I've actually read it.
Since I've been a volunteer doing animal rescue for a long time, nothing in this book was a revelation or surprise for me. However, it was interesting to have the author describe her own personal journey in becoming a volunteer, especially since she did a good job of describing some of the emotions and struggles that people and animals go through. I have to say I was jealous of the "country shelter" she describes. Even though her town is one-third the size of mine -- which is definitely still rural -- I was amazed at the number of paid staff they had, including cruelty investigators, a vet, a director, and an adoptions chief. We only have three people working at our shelter, shored up by a very dedicated, full-time unpaid director and a bunch of volunteers. One can only wish that we will get there some day :)
I had originally reserved this book for a trade, but since it's no longer wanted by that person, I'll try to find it a different new home.
Releasing at the Heine Bros. on Douglass Loop, 12/9/08, about 11 p.m.