For any of us who have spent even the smallest amount of time at a shelter, the rows of animals peering out from the enclosures, dancing for attention, or tucked into the corner with back to the world, it can be difficult. Even depressing. But Amy Sutherland’s soon-to-be released book, RESCUING PENNY JANE: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes (Harper; on sale February 21, 2017), is equal parts thoughtful, insightful, and heartfelt.
Written from her personal perspective, as a shelter volunteer who has been on a search for understanding, she explores a variety of the issues that can contribute to animal health and well-being while in a shelter environment. While the book focuses on dogs, many of the take-aways are relevant for any animal that sadly finds itself in a shelter waiting for love.
Through Sutherland’s touchingly honest stories and candid observations, RESCUING PENNY JANE: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes is a must-read for anyone who is an advocate of ADOPT DON’T SHOP.
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.