7 Nonfiction Books About Rescue Animals (That Aren’t Dogs)

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Dog-loving readers have probably read at least a few books about rescue dogs. Their wonderful tales can be both heartbreaking and heart-warming. What you might not have realized is that there are lots of books with true stories about other types of rescue animals as well. Here’s a list with reading recommendations for some great books about rescue animals and the humans who help save and care for them. Spoiler Alert: the animals ends up rescuing their humans as well.

We hope you enjoy and are inspired to read and share these stories with friends & family!

Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion
In the spring of 2011, the book’s author Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him.

Jon wasn’t planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in. [Read more…]

Goats of Anarchy: One Woman’s Quest to Save the World One Goat At A Time
Probably the most famous goats on Instagram, Goats of Anarchy takes you on a tour of animal rescue guru and full-time goat mama Leanne Lauricella’s goat rescue farm. This is a place where special-needs goats can heal, grow, and butt heads to their hearts’ content. [Read more…]

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life
When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself, and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining that he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. [Read more…]

Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See
At the height of his show career, this beautiful Appaloosa’s majestic stature, strength, and willingness to work made him the perfect partner. But when an injury cost Joey his show career, he moved from one owner to the next, ultimately experiencing severe abuse and neglect. A rescue group found Joey nearly dead from starvation―and blind. Then he came to Hope Reins―a ranch dedicated to helping hurting kids who had been abused. [Read more…]

Soul of a Lion: One Woman’s Quest to Rescue Africa’s Wildlife Refugees
For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and the vast readership for gripping true-life stories, this African saga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the unique Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, where Marieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthy cattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care for embattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the “AIDS” lion infected by mistake at a vet clinic. Boerjke, a baboon with epilepsy and Down syndrome. Savanna, the one-eyed lioness. And Marieta van der Merwe herself, the inspiring proprietor of Harnas who shares her home with needy wild animals. Survivor of an early life fraught with personal tragedy in the African Bush, she now devotes herself as care-giver and ambassador for wildlife and wildland. [Read more…]

Elephant Journey: The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity
In 2013, people across North America were riveted by the story of Toka, Thika, and Iringa, the last three elephants at the zoo in Toronto, Ontario. Lonely for a larger herd, sick from the cold climate, and weak from standing for long days in a too-small concrete enclosure, the elephants desperately needed a change. The zoo and animal activists agreed that they should be moved to a healthier home, but the best option―the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in distant California―seemed like an impossible dream. [Read more…]

My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope
Ellie Laks started The Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, emus, and more), The Gentle Barn has become an extraordinary nonprofit that brings together a volunteer staff of community members and at-risk teens to rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals. As Ellie teaches the volunteers to care for the animals, they learn a new language of healing that works wonders on the humans as well. [Read more…]

Top 10 PAW Patrol Printables for Kids

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If you’ve got a dog-loving kid then you probably know they cannot get enough of PAW Patrol. Whether you’re experiencing a snow day, a rainy day or just looking for some fun, free activities for the family, we’ve got you covered with this rundown of our favorite Paw Patrol Printables!

Some of these PAW Patrol Printables are holiday-specific, so you may want to PIN this post so that you can save it for later!

If you aren’t already familiar, PAW Patrol is an action-adventure series starring a pack of six heroic puppies: Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Zuma, Rubble, and Skye, who are led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old boy named Ryder. With a unique blend of problem-solving skills, cool vehicles and lots of cute doggy humor, the PAW Patrol works together on high-stakes rescue missions to protect the Adventure Bay community.

Fun PAW Patrol Fact: Ryder rescued all the pups and taught them their PAW Patrol skills. If you want to learn more about how you can rescue animals too, visit the ASPCA website.

FREE Paw Patrol Valentine’s Day Printables for Dog Loving Kids

Free PAW Patrol Printable Rescue Hero Activity Pack for Pet-Loving Kids

Printable PAW Patrol Easter Egg Holders for Dog Loving Kids

PAW Patrol Mother’s Day Printable: FREE Stickers for Your PAW-some Mom!

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My Life Among the Underdogs: A Memoir by Tia Torres (Pit Bulls & Parolees)

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We are HUGE fans of Tia Torres and her pack from Animal Planet’s hit show Pit Bulls & Parolees, and are super excited to get our paws on her new memoir My Life Among the Underdogs. It’s a behind the scenes look at her life, her dogs, and her program that pairs parolees with rescue dogs.

Tia has devoted her life to shattering the stereotype that pit bulls are dangerous, vicious predators. As the top dog at the Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, the largest pit bull rescue in the United States, she and her team have rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed hundreds of animals that might otherwise have been destroyed. As she puts it, “Most of the stories in this book are about animals (and a few humans) that needed someone to believe in them and a purpose in order to show their true nobility.”

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Meghan Markle’s Rescue Beagle Has a New Book!

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Everyone loves an underdog story. Sure, Meghan Markle was a successful woman and celebrity in her own right before marrying Prince Harry, but she always seemed ‘just like us’ to me. Because she’s so relatable, her story is like something out of a fairy tale. And now Meghan Markle’s dog Guy has published his own fairy tale!

His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle: The Rebarkable True Story of Meghan Markle’s Rescue Dog has just been released in hardcover and we were super excited to get our paws on an early copy so that we could tell you all about it.

Like all good fairy tales, Guy’s begins in the backwoods of Kentucky. He was lost and living alone until he met his forever owner at an adoption event; her name was Meghan Markle. They did everything together: went on walks, played fetch, and binge-watched Suits. Guy absolutely adored her, but he wasn’t the only one. A human loved Meghan, too; his name was Harry. Tall and debonair with hair the color of a traffic cone, Harry was also a prince.

Guy soon finds himself in London, ecstatic about this new adventure. He works hard to fit in to the royal dog way of life, but he struggles. He has no fancy papers, no high-class education, and no command over the British puparazzi. As Meghan and Harry’s wedding day approaches, Guy feels as alone and desperate. But when the Queen gets into a bind when a royal tradition is nearly forgotten, Guy’s backwoods Kentucky skills might be able to save the day. With the Queen’s encouragement, Guy learns the true meaning of family—even if it’s a royal one.

This is a cute, funny and heartwarming book for dog lovers of all ages, and makes the perfect holiday gift. Daisy is a rescue dog too, so Guy the Beagle’s story is especially touching.

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Book Giveaway 4 Winners

To celebrate the release of Guy the Rescue Beagle’s new book, we’ve got 4 copies to give away!
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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month #FindYourFido

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Shelter dog adoption is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts because our Daisy is a former shelter dog, so we are very happy to help spread this news and encourage everyone to learn more about pet adoption!

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and ASPCA is running a special #FindYourFido campaign to help bring attention to homeless dogs in shelters across the country. There are several ways YOU can get involved:

To learn more and get involved, visit ASPCA.org.