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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
Day 28 Films, Rishon Films and Roadside Attractions present a PG-13, 95 minute, drama, directed and written by Ron Krauss with a theater release date of January 24, 2014.
SMITHTOWN, NY – (June 26, 2013) – According to the National Center for PTSD, women are more likely than men to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD) and about 10% of women develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with 5% of men. Sabrina Lacey and her daughter Daja are military veterans who both suffer from PTSD. Through their “Paws of War” program, animal rescue group, Guardians of Rescue, is stepping in to help.
Guardians of Rescue’s Paws of War program helps place trained rescue dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD. Back in March, the animal rescue group rescued all of the dogs from the Ft. Bragg Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, located on Ft. Bragg, home of more than 56,000 Soldiers. One of them was a pit bull mix named Tank. After months of training, Tank will finally meet his new owner, Daja Lacey, this Friday, June 28, the day after National PTSD Awareness Day. Sabrina Lacey will also be receiving a dog on this date. Both Daja and her mother Sabrina are military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Sabrina is a post-commander of her local VFW and a retired disabled veteran.
PTSD is a condition among military veterans. It is a psychological condition that can arise after someone has experienced a traumatic event, such as being directly involved in combat. It is estimated that around 400,000 veterans currently suffer from PTSD. Animal therapy has proven to be beneficial in helping veterans overcome the condition. PTSD, according to the National Institutes of Health, changes the body’s response to stress. Some of its symptoms include flashbacks, upsetting dreams, feeling emotionally numb, hopelessness, memory problems, and avoiding doing things that were once enjoyed.
“PTSD is a real disorder that affects thousands of veterans, both active and inactive, across the country,” says Daja Lacey. “We are very thankful to Guardians of Rescue for rescuing Tank and many others, and now Tank will help to rescue me,” she adds.
“We work hard to rescue these dogs and it’s very rewarding when it all comes together, and we finally get to pair them up with military veterans in need,” says Robert Misseri, president and founder of Guardians of Rescue. “We believe that heroes deserve heroes.”
Guardians of Rescue is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. Guardians of Rescue founded Paws of War and Operation No Buddy Left behind programs to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist in post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.
About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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