Check It Out: Pet Rescue, Heartwarming Adoption Stories

The first week of November celebrates National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, and I just want to send out six cheers for animal adoptions everywhere. I bark, I bark, I bark! Meow meow meow! I should probably throw in a “chirpity-chirp”, “bwok-bwok”, and “hiss-hiss” because animal adoptions involve many species. Ultimately, there are plenty of animals out there that need love, compassion, and good homes.

Welcoming a shelter pet, or any other homeless animal, into your home is a big step, and it’s not possible for everyone. But anyone can read about happy rescues and feel warm and fuzzy inside. To help celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, I recommend a selection of titles for adults, kids, and animal lovers/readers of all ages. One of my favorite comics is “Mutts”, written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. The library has many of its heartwarming titles, and I encourage all animal lovers to give it a try. He is a strong voice for the humane treatment of animals and often references quotes from well-known animal advocates. One of my favorite quotes is from Jane Goodall: “Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care, we will help you. Only if we help will we be saved.


  • “Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals” by Laurie Zaleski.
  • “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Pet Can Save You Too” by Carol Novello.
  • “Rescuing Penny Jane: A Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All” by Amy Sutherland.


  • “How Tickling Saved Pickles: A True Story” by Maddie Johnson.
  • “Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog” written and illustrated by Lisa Papp.
  • “Sweet Senior Pups” by Kama Einhorn.
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