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Amazing_gracie  Amazing Gracie: A Dog’s Tale by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff
Workman Publishing, 2003
The book is a true story of one amazing and delicate, deaf, partially blind albino Great Dane and the men who found ways to support her health. In the process, they founded Three Dog Bakery.  Nonfiction
 angel_dogs Angel Animals Book of Inspiration by Allen and Linda Anderson
New World Library, 2003
Written by the founders of Angel Animals Network, this book is a collection of true stories revealing how animals teach compassion, hope, and forgiveness.
 animals_and_kids Animals and the Kids Who Love Them by Allen & Linda Anderson
New World Library, 2011
The authors share the stories of a number of children who have been affected by their connection to an animal. From a disabled cat to a surfing dog, from a chicken to a horse, all these animals and many others have been instrumental in altering the lives of children who have been traumatized by family deaths, abuse, medical crises, etc.
 cleveland_amorys Best Cat Ever, The; The Cat and the Curmudgeon; The Cat Who Came for Christmas
by Cleveland Amory
Back Bay Books 2003, Back Bay Books 2002, Back Bay Books 2001
Cleveland Amory, long known for his work in the animal rights arena through The Fund for Animals, wrote tributes to his cat Polar Bear over the course of three delightful books about their lives together. Humorous, poignant, and compelling, Amory weaves his tale of life with the scrawny cat who came for Christmas and stayed for 15 years.
cherished Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lost
edited by Barbara Abercrombie
New World Library, 2011
Loss of a companion animal stirs up grief, laughter, sadness, joy, and sorrow, among other emotions. The editor brings together 21 stories of animal guardians who loved and lost and most especially who have learned what it means to be an animal guardian. 
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Spirituality/Pet Loss
image_coming_soon_l Creature Comforts: A Guide to Animals and Their Care
by Elisabeth Guillet Vlk
National Humane Education Society, 1996
For everyone who has an animal in his or her care or is considering bringing an animal into his or her home, this book gives you a solid grounding in the knowledge and practical know-how that promotes responsible pet ownership. The book covers everything from selecting a pet to recipes and checklists. 


Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets by Allie Phillips
Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2011
This how-to book gives anyone interested in becoming involved in companion animal issues a wealth of information and actions he or she can take to protect the millions of animals who are abandoned, abused, and neglected in our country. Learn how to advocate for animals, create humane education activities for children of all ages, protect feral cats, lobby for legislation, help heal traumatized animals, and much more.
 divinity_dogs Divinity of Dogs, The: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend
by Jennifer Skiff
Atria Books, 2012
The author has compiled 70+ stories of humans and their dogs. From the dog who detected a lump in her owner’s breast to a dog who helped his guardian through the loss of her son, the author shares inspiring stories of people and their dogs. Stories of love, tolerance compassion, joy, and sorrow abound.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Spirituality/Pet Loss
 dogs_owners_home Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals by Rupert Sheldrake
Three Rivers Press, 2011
The author shares with his readers what many already know—there are connections between us and our animals that defy scientific explanation. There are stories about animals who alert their guardians of impending seizures, cancerous  lesions, and when another family member is on his or her way home. Some animals alert on earthquakes and tsunamis. Some find their way home across miles of terrain they’ve never seen before. How do they do that? Sheldrake offers explanations.
 dog_who_met_queen Dog Who Met the Queen & Other Stories, The by Bernard Wasserman, D.V.M.
Bennington Press, 2001
A collection of 25 true heart-warming tales told by New York veterinarian Dr. Bernard Wasserman. Over 30 years of running a Brooklyn veterinary practice, Dr. Wasserman encountered eccentric owners, animal hoarders, and even skunks! Short, easy reads make up this interesting and entertaining book.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Veterinary/Holistic Care
 dog_stop_loving Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving, The: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
HarperCollins, 2010
Masson, the author of numerous books on the lives of various animals, examines the special bond between dogs and humans in his latest book. Masson draws on recent scientific research and his own experience with his dog Benjy to find out why humans developed such a special relationship with dogs and they with us.
 dogtripping Dogtripping: 25 Rescues,11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure by David Rosenfelt
St. Martin’s Press, 2013
At once hilarious and poignant, this book will keep you turning pages faster than the dogs can go out for potty breaks. The author intersperses his rescue experience with his plans for moving 25 dogs from Southern California to Maine. You can almost feel the wheels turning as you experience the journey of 25 rescues, 11 volunteers, and 3 RVs.
Nonfiction, Companion Animal
 love_of_animals For the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement
by Kathryn Shevelow
Henry Holt and Co., 2008
Shevelow records the great strides society has made in the treatment of animals but also notes how little some things have changed. Focusing on 18th century England, home of the world’s first national animal protection law, the author follows the actions of various heroes in the movement, including abolitionist William Wilberforce and “Humanity Dick” Martin.
 found_dogs Found Dogs: Tales of Strays Who Landed on Their Feet by Elise Lufkin
Lyons Press, 2005
In short essays and pictures, Lufkin tells the tale of numerous dogs who wound up being rescued and how their lives and the lives of their new families were changed by the acts of love and selflessness. From celebrities to everyday citizens and from purebreds to scruffy mixes, Lufkin chronicles the joy of new found friendship.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Photography
 fighting_animal_cruelty Get the Edge in Fighting Animal Cruelty Cases by Catherine L. Wolfe, Esq.
Wolfe Pack Press, Inc., 2006
The author presents from her own personal experience the best ways to go about obtaining evidence of animal cruelty right through to the prosecution of the perpetrator and to sentencing. She gives practical advice and includes numerous forms to help those involved in investigating animal cruelty do their job.
 good_bad_furry Good, the Bad, and the Furry, The: choosing the dog that’s right for you by Sam Stall
Quirk Books, 2005
The author gives information on dozens of pure-bred dogs, their traits, and the types of owners/homes that would be best for them.
 guardians_of_being Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats
by Eckhart Tolle, art by Patrick McDonnell
New World Library, 2009
Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle and Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS comic strip, join together to offer the reader insight into the wonderful world of animals. But they go beyond that and give the reader a sense of belonging to the whole universe through their words and drawings. There is a reverence for life and a reverence for being in the present moment that brings joy and beauty to all.  Nonfiction
 holistic_cat Holistic Cat, The: A Complete Guide to Wellness for a Healthier, Happier Cat by Jennifer A. Coscia
North Atlantic Books, 2009
This book presents a complementary approach to health care by combining conventional and alternative methods, focusing on disease prevention, and providing specific tips for raising a cat in a healthy, safe environment. Intermingled with first-person rescue stories, the book covers such topics as nutrition, indoor/outdoor life, vaccines and drugs.
 homers_odyssey Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
Delacorte Press, 2009
Homer is an extraordinary cat who celebrates live to the fullest. In the process he teaches all the humans who come in contact with him there is nothing they cannot do, if they just accept who they are and move on from there.
 horse Horse, The: The Most Abused Domestic Animal by Greta Bunting
Greta Bunting, 1997
Through her investigation of the horse and carriage industry, the author was led to investigations of other issues involving the exploitation of horses. She covers topics on horses in entertainment, sports, research, racing, among others.
 kindred_spirits Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live by Allen M. Schoen, DVM
Broadway Books, 2001
Schoen details the ways in which the human-animal bond can provide love and support to each species. In addition, he outlines his own special prescription for improving the care we give our animals through adopting simple healing practices at home.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Animal Welfare/Rights
 language_of_miracles Language of Miracles, The by Amelia Kinkade
New World Library, 2006
Kinkade, a professional animal psychic, helps clients locate lost pets and diagnose baffling behavior, among other issues. She teaches the rest of us how to do likewise with our own animals and how to improve the human-animal bond.
 dinahs_story Leading Lady: Dinah’s Story, The by Betty White and Tom Sullivan
Bantam Books, 1991
Dinah is a guide dog who gave freedom to a blind person; and when her own sight began to fail, she found a new home with actress Betty White. This is a story of the human-animal bond.
 life_skills_puppies Life Skills for Puppies: Laying the foundation for a loving, lasting relationship
by Helen Zulch & Daniel Mills
Hubble & Hattie, 2012
The authors have identified ten key skills that all puppies need to learn to be healthy, happy, and safe. Numerous photographs reinforce the skills. Worksheets at the end of each chapter help owners chart their and their puppy’s progress.
 little_boy_blue Little Boy Blue by Kim Kavin
Barrons, 2012
The author, a journalist, decides to investigate the history of her adopted puppy Blue. What she found shocked her. Gas chambers being used to kill, rescue groups that may be boarding on being inhumane, animal control agencies foregoing adoptions and killing as much as 95 percent of the dogs in their facilities. She also found an inspiring story of grassroots rescue networks saving countless numbers of dogs from death.
 my_animal_my_self My Animal, My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other by Marta Williams
New World Library, 2013
The author, an animal communicator, helps us examine our relationships with our animals on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. She lets us know that our animals can reflect to us what we may not even realize is going on in our lives, from negative behavior patterns to how we cope with love and loss. The author offers us a way to gain insight into the healing and teaching roles our companion animals offer us.
 pets_story Our Pets Have a Story to Tell by Cindy Fisher, M.Ed.
BGB Publications, 1998
Fisher describes her journey to develop an energy-balancing program to help clear emotional toxins in pets. The book gives examples of traumatizing sources of negative energy in pets and offers suggestions for helping pets with emotional imbalances.
 oogy Oogy: the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin
Grand Central Publishing Books, 2010
What happens when the family cat dies? In the case of the Levin family, they find Oogy, or maybe Oogy finds them. From the life of a bait puppy in a dog fighting ring to a home that understood his needs and their own, the story of Oogy and the Levin family is one that will inspire us all to be better guardians of the animals in our world.
 pitbull_placebo Pit Bull Placebo, The: The Media, Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression
by Karen Delise
Anubis Publishing, 2007
The author details the history of society’s response to canine aggression. First it was the Bloodhound, sensationalized in the dramatizations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Then it was the Doberman, symbol of the Nazi menace. Today, it is the Pit bull who is vilified. The author shows how dogs have been revered and feared throughout history and how we humans have been the ones to create both the love and the fear by how we treat different breeds of dogs.
Also available as a PDF
 possibility_dogs Possibility Dogs, The: What a Handful of “Unadoptables”Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing by Susannah Charleson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Avery, 2013
The author relates her experience in training service dogs, specifically for people with psychiatric disorders such as PTSD. Meeting Merlin, Ollie, and Jake Piper, among others, gives the readers a chance to visit with extraordinary dogs whose stories could have turned out quite differently had it not been for the dedication of the author and many others in the animal rescue community.
 rabbits Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant Spirits by Marie Mead with Nancy LaRoche
Nova Maris Press, 2007
A collection of heartwarming and inspirational stories illuminating the true spirit of rabbits.
 redemption Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America
by Nathan J. Winograd
Almaden, 2007
Redemption is the story of animal sheltering in the United States and how it has gone awry. Winograd demonstrates how shelters can save lives rather than take lives by pledging to go no-kill.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Animal Welfare/Rights
 sprite Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish
by Mark R. Levin
Pocket Books, 2007
A true story about a family’s devotion to a dog they adopted from a shelter and the trials they went through as Sprite’s health failed.
 vegan_dog Simple Little Vegan Dog Book, The: Cruelty-Free Recipes for Canines
by Michelle A. Rivera
Book Publishing Company, 2009
If you’re thinking about feeding your dog a vegan diet, this book gives you direction on how to adopt such a plan. It is a quick read and includes recipes.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Vegan/Vegetarian
 tail_talk Tail Talk: Understanding the Secret Language of Dogs by Sophie Collins
Chronicle Books, 2007
Using photographs showing different body postures, from tail up, to ears down, to smiles and yawns, the book provides visual and verbal explanations of what your dog is trying to communicate to other dogs and to the world in general.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Photography
 dog_thinking What Is My Dog Thinking? The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior
by Gwen Bailey
Thunder Bay Press, 2002
From tail wagging to growling, from play bowing to lip licking, this book explains why your dog behaves the way he or she does. The book covers six major aspects of dog behavior: the importance of hierarchy, food and fitness, staying safe, reproduction, social behavior, and people and dogs.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Photography
 wild_things_are Why the Wild Things Are: Animals in the Lives of Children
by Gail F. Melson
Harvard University, 2001
The author demonstrates that young people often seem to have a closer relationship with their pets than they do with their parents. They may even understand animals better than they understand adult humans, since animals’ behavior is simple and straightforward. Yet, she indicates that this relationship has been largely unexplored. According to the author, this book is the first to examine children’s many connections to animals and to explore their developmental significance.


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