125 Pet Rescues: From Pound to Palace: H...
This book review appeared first on Own Your Geek
I'm a sap. That's all there is to it. A big, mushy sap. At least that's what my daughter thought after watching me try to read 125 Pet Rescues with her. This big, brave fearsome momma who 'reads lots of scary books' sniffled, snuffled, and choked up repeatedly. The adorable pictures combined with simple, yet heart-warming stories had her exclaiming "Aww!" while I reached for a piece of tissue grumbling about my allergies.
From unheard-of to utterly familiar, 125 Pet Rescues: From Pound to Palace walks readers through story after story that illustrates what rescuing an animal can do for their life and yours. From Lil Bub to Peaches the Pit and Lil Squeak the Pig to Bob Barker, the pages are filled with an overwhelming message of loves, snuggles, and heart. In some cases, the rescued animal turned around to do the rescuing of a family themselves. All of the animals on these pages were given up on at some point. If someone hadn't stepped in, willing to see the beauty where others different, who knows where they would have ended up? Can you imagine not ever seeing the cuteness of Lil Bub?
Sadly, it's no surprise that Pit Bulls feature strongly in 125 Pet Rescues: From Pound to Palace. Pit Bulls are often looked over, if not looked down on. Even if some people are willing to see past the stigma Pits have garnered, many places simply won't allow them because they're too blind to see the beauty and gentleness inherent in these gorgeous block-heads. Whether it is idiot landlords or heartless insurance companies, Pits have challenges to overcome on several levels.
125 Pet Rescues: From Pound to Palace is a tear-jerker, but one with a definite message. The foreword and closing statements make it clear that the aim of this book is to spread a message to young readers. To be kind and considerate and to pay attention to the world around us. To open their homes and hearts whenever possible to shelter-bound and abandoned pets and give them a home they can be happy in. And to talk - to spread the word - to make people see why they should rescue, foster, as well as spay and neuter so that we have fewer animals suffering in overcrowded, underfunded shelters around the world.
We're strong believers in this message already in our household. Every single one of our pets came from various levels of rescue needs. One came directly from the home of a lady who just had too many cats and needed to find them new homes. One had been abandoned, adopted, and then returned to the shelter again because she was 'too much work'. Another had been abandoned as a barely weaned kitten with serious respiratory issues. And our dog (who lets all the cats boss her around) came from a shoddy situation too. Even though there's a fair bit of grumpy mumbling caused by cats participating in various stages of jerkface, we wouldn't give any of them up. They've got homes with us forever.
125 Pet Rescues: From Pound to Palace is worth picking up. Just make sure you have tissues on hand for when those pesky allergies start acting up.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher for review consideration.
Read: April 14th, 2017