(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – WorthyKids/Ideals is pleased to announce the September release of Maverick and Me, the first picture book from bestselling author and animal activist Katherine Schwarzenegger. Based upon the life of Schwarzenegger’s own rescue dog, the book tells the story of Maverick, a lovable, abandoned puppy, and Scarlett, the big-hearted girl who gives Maverick a forever home.
While fostering rescue dogs, Schwarzenegger cared for Maverick, a small puppy who had been found under a highway overpass. Schwarzenegger nursed Maverick through a serious illness and decided to adopt the brave puppy who had stolen her heart. Maverick and Me (September 5, 2017; ISBN 9780824956875) stems from Schwarzenegger’s passion for homeless dogs and the animal shelters and rescues that support them.
“It's an honor to work with Katherine, who has such an important message to share with children,” says Peggy Schaefer, Vice President & Associate Publisher, WorthyKids/Ideals. “I’m thrilled that she’s chosen Worthy to partner with her on this project.”
In Maverick and Me, Maverick is rescued by a kind stranger after being found on the side of the road. Young Scarlett meets him at an adoption event and adopts the overlooked dog with the mottled coat. Heartfelt and moving, Maverick and Me shows children the importance of pet rescue and empowers them to advocate for animals in need. Parents and kids alike will cherish Maverick’s story of love, friendship, and second chances.
“Adopting a puppy or dog is an incredible opportunity that kids don’t know much about,” says author Katherine Schwarzenegger, an ASPCA Ambassador. “This book celebrates adoption and introduces the concept to kids so that when they get their first dog, they choose to adopt and not shop.”
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Katherine Schwarzenegger/Phyllis Harris
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
Page Count: 32
Katherine Schwarzenegger is a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist, and animal activist. Katherine and the real Maverick live in California, where Katherine blogs about their adventures. Together, Maverick and Katherine spread a message of hope, defying all odds, and the joys of finding forever friends through pet rescue.
Phyllis Harris is a passionate supporter of pet adoption and has adopted two dogs, Brandy and Cassie, over the years. She has been illustrating children’s books since 2001, including On Christmas Day by Margaret Wise Brown and My Mama & Me by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband.
Worthy Publishing Group (www.worthypublishing.com) is a privately held, independent voice in inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Worthy has four imprints: Worthy Books publishes a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, pop culture, biography, fiction, spiritual growth, and specialized Bibles; WorthyKids/Ideals creates colorful, interactive children’s books, including VeggieTales and Berenstain Bears, for ages 2 to 8; Ellie Claire produces beautifully crafted journals, gifts and paper expressions; and Worthy Inspired publishes inspirational felt-need, personal growth, and devotional books.
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“An honest and engaging portrayal of her journey from dog lover to dedicated shelter volunteer. [Sutherland] seamlessly interweaves a narrative of the dogs she has loved over the years—warts and all. Reader, beware: you may find yourself falling in love with each one too.”
— Booklist, starred review
“[Sutherland’s] understanding of shelter dogs—she writes that they are not so much homeless as humanless—shines through on every page....An inside look at the experiences of shelter dogs that is sure to appeal to dog and animal lovers.”
— Kirkus Reviews
RESCUING PENNY JANE
One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs,
and the Quest to Find Them All Homes
By Amy Sutherland
What shelter dogs need is obvious – homes. But how do we find all those homes? That question sends best-selling writer and shelter volunteer Amy Sutherland looking for answers in her own experiences and beyond. The result is RESCUING PENNY JANE: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes (Harper; on sale February 21, 2017; $26.99), an inspiring, fascinating trip through the world of homeless dogs and the people who work so hard to save them.
A longtime shelter volunteer, Sutherland essentially lets the dogs she’s known do the talking because in their stories she finds so many answers. There’s Gwen Stefani, a ball-crazy pit bull mix who can’t find a family; Rugby, an abandoned puppy with crippled front legs, and Brody, a young German Shepherd who likes to mouth people, among many others. Readers will also meet the author’s own dogs—Penny Jane, a skittish stray from a Maine farm, and Walter Joe, a luckless terrier from a hoarder’s house—as well as Sido, the sheltie-mix who inspired the no-kill movement, and Sadie the Civil War dog who braved Gettysburg. Traveling across the country, Sutherland draws further solutions and inspiration from the experiences and stories of shelter workers and experts at the forefront of the rescue community.
Throughout her explorations, Sutherland also weaves in a wealth of practical tips, such as how to read a dog’s body language, handle behavior problems, and select your own shelter dog as well as fresh insights into what makes dogs – and humans – tick. At a time when Americans have more dogs than children, the time is ripe to end dog homelessness, and RESCUING PENNY JANE reveals how we can do it.
RESCUING PENNY JANE offers an unforgettable, poignant journey into the special world of rescue and shelter dogs. As the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Bettyville writes, “Sutherland gives us puppy love, yes, but she goes beyond sentiment and shows us how we can change the lives of the creatures who give the world so much.”
About the Author
Amy Sutherland is the best-selling author of three previous books, most recently What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Happiness. She writes for the New York Times, Smithsonian, Preservation, Women's Health and more, and has a regular column, “Bibliophiles,” in the Boston Globe's Sunday Book Section. She lives in Boston with her two rescue dogs, Walter Joe and Penny Jane.
RESCUING PENNY JANE:
One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes
By Amy Sutherland
On Sale: February 21, 2017
May 2, 2013, Kingston, NY: In conjunction with New Paltz Police, following a tip from a CPS caseworker, Ulster County SPCA Cruelty Investigators visited a New Paltz apartment in the early morning of Wednesday, April 24th 2013. Allegedly, numerous cats were being housed in the apartment, contributing to the ill health of both the cats and the child residing inside.
The owner of the cats was cooperative, recognizing a situation grown out of control, pleading with Investigators Fix and Saunders for a solution. The Ulster County SPCA organized a large rescue of the cats in the evening, removing them all to its shelter at 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston NY.
SPCA animal handlers spent more than 3 hours caging, inventorying and medically assessing the 103 felines, which ranged in age from newborns up to several years old. Many of the females were pregnant, and other cats suffered mild respiratory or intestinal illnesses. Five staff members from the Ulster County SPCA rescued the cats and kittens. Two staff members remained at the shelter to ready the rooms for the new arrivals. For several days following the rescue, the medical staff at the shelter tended to their health needs, which included surgery, FIV/FELV testing and vaccinations.
All the cats will become available for adoption in 7-10 days of the rescue.
The UCSPCA typically houses 100-125 cats within the shelter. A rescue of this magnitude nearly doubled a population already at capacity. Assistance with the care of these animals is being provided by staff and volunteers and coordinated by long time Cat Department Supervisor, Robin Akus.
The UCSPCA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals in Ulster County. Donations of canned and/or dry cat food, paper towels, blankets, towels, litter pans or a financial donation, no matter how small would be very much appreciated and can be dropped off at the shelter Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Donations can also be mailed. UCSPCA 20 Wiedy Roadd. Kingston, NY 12401. 845-331-5377. www.ucspca.org.
Ulster County SPCA * 20 Wiedy Roadd * Kingston, NY * 12401
845-331-5377 * www.ucspca.org
Tuesday - Sunday 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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For homeless cats and dogs in animal shelters across the country, the first weekend in June is somewhat like the Super Bowl weekend of second chances. June is generally the month that pet shelters launch initiatives to empty shelters to make way for a summer of new-found kittens and puppies and adult strays.
One such initiative has a lofty goal of finding 5,000 cats and dogs homes in an orchestrated event covering eight communities in five states and involving more than 150 pet shelters and rescues over Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. As part of its strategy to promote free adoption nationwide, Maddie’s Fund ® plans to host America’s biggest free adoption event, dedicating $4 million to the effort. Shelter locations participating can be found at http://adopt.maddiesfund.org/.
It’s not just the waiving of adoption fees that will inspire families to take a trip to the shelter that weekend, although with normal adoption fees ranging from $80 to $250 per pet, it doesn’t hurt, says President of Maddie’s Fund Rich Avanzino. But it’s more about the air of excitement that surround these events in each community.
“Human nature is to procrastinate and the free adoption weekends, with all their high-energy and media attention, encourage people to do what they’ve been planning on doing for a long time—adopt a pet,” says Avanzino, “We’re finding free adoption events are becoming a trend with shelters because they are a proven way to empty facilities and lighten the financial burden of caring long-term for animals, while at the same time finding loving homes for animals and reducing the need for euthanasia.”
Adopters must still qualify for their pets, and just because the pets are free, shelters aren’t out the expense for caring and housing the pet. Maddie’s Fund gives organizations from $500 to $2,000 per adoption. The more senior the animal with medical conditions, the bigger the gift.
“Maddie’s Fund wants to give all healthy, senior, and treatable shelter dogs and cats loving homes and free pet adoption events have proven very successful toward that end,” Avanzino adds.
The trend of holding free adoption events at animal shelters can only grow, Avanzino believes. “We’ll see more pet-loving benefactors in communities nationwide get on board with assisting their local shelters to apply the fee-waived strategy to save pet lives and alleviate the over-crowding in shelters,” he says.
More information on participating shelters can be found at: http://adopt.maddiesfund.org/.
Maddie’s Fund (www.maddiesfund.org) is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through Maddie’s Grant Giving and Maddie’s InstituteSM . Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.
Dog found tethered to a tree with neck wound is recovering
and will be made available for adoption
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the arrest of Queens resident Crystal Lashley for allegedly neglecting her 6 ½-year-old female German shepherd mix, named Briana.
On August 21, 2012, Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA responded to a complaint of a dog with an embedded collar tied to a tree outside of a residence on Foch Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. When agents arrived, they encountered the dog tethered to a tree with a visible neck wound. Ms. Lashley relinquished ownership of Briana to the ASPCA, and Briana was transported by the agents to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Upon intake, ASPCA veterinarians found Briana to be dehydrated, underweight, infested with fleas, and suffering from a painful neck wound. Briana is continuing to receive treatment for these issues and is recovering at the hospital. She will eventually be made available for adoption.
Lashley, 18, was arrested on Tuesday, October 23. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Lashley’s next court date is scheduled for December 6.
This year, ASPCA HLE agents have made seven arrests in Queens and 36 arrests citywide.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Family-owned pet store chain partners with ASPCA to increase in-store pet adoptions
BEAVERCREEK, OHIO—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today applauds Jack’s Pets (formerly Jack’s Aquarium & Pets) for its decision to no longer sell puppies in any of its stores and to expand its work with local animal shelters and rescue groups to offer in-store pet adoptions. Jack’s Pets owns and operates 27 regional stores located throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
“We have over one million customers coming through our doors every year,” said Scott Brenner, president of Jack’s Pets. “We recognize that we can have a very positive impact on our local pet community by working with various adoption agencies surrounding our stores. We have worked with and supported many animal shelters and rescue groups in the past, and starting next year, we will expand our partnerships even further. We appreciate the ASPCA’s support.”
“The ASPCA is thrilled to see a pet store chain like Jack’s Pets transition to a no puppy sales model,” said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “We look forward to partnering with Jack’s Pets to connect them with local shelters and rescues to offer pet adoptions in their stores. We hope that Jack’s decision will convince other pet stores to stop selling puppies and instead support local animal adoption programs, which would improve the lives of countless dogs.”
The decision by Jack’s Pets coincides with other changes as the company positions itself for future growth. Over the last six months, Jack’s Pets has changed its name, expanded its pet food selections to more than 30 brands, and tested a successful new store format that does not include the sale of puppies.
Last month, the ASPCA unveiled its national “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign in Columbus, Ohio. The campaign raises awareness about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills and aims to reduce the demand for puppy mill puppies by urging consumers not to buy any items—including food, supplies or toys—if the store or website sells puppies. As part of a major public education campaign, 19 outdoor billboards were posted in the Columbus area that raise awareness about puppy mill cruelty and targeted online ads were placed providing a captivating and simple call to action.
“While we were always extremely vigilant to acquire our dogs directly from local breeders we trusted and who met our strict health standards, we realize that not all pet stores operate the same way. Our ultimate decision to stop selling puppies is one we believe will be a win-win for everyone. We want to continue to provide our customers with lovable companions while helping to save dogs’ lives, and we hope other stores will follow suit,” added Brenner.
To learn more about the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies campaign, please visit www.NoPetStorePuppies.com.
About Jack’s Pets
Jack's Pets was founded in 1950 by Jack and Margie Brenner. Over the last 60 years we have grown to 27 regional stores with over 400 pet loving employees. Our stores are located in Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Indiana. Our Corporate Support & Distribution Center is located in Beavercreek, Ohio.
We staff our stores with friendly and helpful pet lovers. Over the years we have developed and implemented an extensive ongoing training program. All of our associates must pass a series of pet husbandry and customer service exams. Our training program, combined with our associates’ passion for all pets, results in unsurpassed attention to both you and your pets' needs.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.
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Shelters Competing to Save More Lives, Earn More Than $300,000 in Prize Grants
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that 17,391 pets were adopted or reunited with their owners during the first thirty days of the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge, a three-month competition where 49 shelters from 33 states and territories across the United States are working to increase lives saved in order to win some of the $300,000 in ASPCA prize grants, including a grand prize of $100,000.
During the first month of the ASPCA $100K Challenge, many contestants tried out new methods of driving traffic to their adoption centers – many stayed open around the clock for 24-hour adoption events, offered unique promotions and discounts on adoption fees, and more.
“The first month of the $100K Challenge can be a big adjustment for contestants – many have shaken up the way they do things, which can be very demanding on shelter staff. Seeing these remarkable numbers though – 17,391 animals saved in just 30 days and an increase of 2,838 more lives saved over August of last year – will be a big adrenaline rush for them to push on through the next two months of the contest,” said Bert Troughton, vice president of community outreach for the ASPCA."
During the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge, contestants will compete to save at least 300 more animals—during the months of August, September, and October 2011—than they did over the same three-month period in 2010. The shelter with the biggest increase in animals saved will win a $100,000 grant. The agency that gets the most community members involved in saving animals will win a $25,000 grant, and those organizations that do the best in their regions will be eligible for between $5,000 and $25,000 in grants. In last year’s first-ever ASPCA $100K Challenge, contestants saved a total of 48,779 lives over three months – an increase of 7,362 lives over the same three months in 2009.
It has long been a priority of the ASPCA to create a country of humane communities where there is no more euthanasia of homeless animals simply because of a lack of space or the resources to adequately care for them. The ASPCA $100K Challenge builds on that goal by inspiring shelters and their communities to innovate and act to save more animals.
For more information about the contest, please visit http://challenge.aspcapro.org. To locate a 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge contestant near you, please visit http://challenge.aspcapro.org/challenge/contestants. To see a complete list of 2011 $100K Challenge events as they are scheduled, please stay tuned to http://challenge.aspcapro.org/shelter/events/all throughout the contest.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.