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Rescuing Rover: Saving America's Dogs

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Nearly 75 million dogs live with American families, where many sleep in our beds, walk us to school, and eat our unwanted broccoli. However, millions of dogs are born in America each year without a place to live. Most of these animals find themselves in shelters, and many, if they are not adopted, are put to sleep. Raymond Bial takes readers into the genesis of the dog ove ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Edward Sullivan
A wonderful introduction to the excellent work of what the ASPCA, HSUS, and other animal welfare organizations do to protect dogs from exploitation, abuse, and neglect, as well as the work shelters and rescue leagues do to educate the public and place them in loving homes. A great book to use for humane education.
This text introduces readers to the American Society for the Prevention of Animals and the Humane Society of the United States with stops along the way in an Illinois animal shelter. Bial goes to great pains to provide history and conjecture about the relationship between humans and canines and explains why there are so many dogs that end up in shelters. Young readers will be shocked at the number of dogs who must be euthanized--4 million--since they cannot find homes. The issue is personal for ...more
Animal People News recently opined that 1984’s
The Animal Shelter appeared to be the last book catering to young teenagers interested in a career in animal sheltering and rescue work. Rescuing Rover may just prove that pronouncement obsolete.

This appealing and well-written book teaches YA readers about animal shelters, their functions and history, as well as how to adopt a pet from one. Some discussion of companion animal welfare is included, as well. While the historical information has changed
Clear, captivating photographs add both a heart-warming and yet also a heart-wrenching touch to this book about dogs in shelters. This book includes a look at the history of dog shelters and humane societies, reasons why there are so many unwanted dogs today, and what can be done to help the animals and people who work with them. It also encourages people to adopt dogs from shelters, but also to make sure they know what they are getting into before deciding to become a dog owner and the responsi ...more
Ms. Yingling
While 39% of the homes in the US have at least one dog, there are many more dogs that do not have homes. This book explains why there are too many pets, and what animal shelters, rescue groups, and individuals can do to help. Well-illustrated with heart breaking pictures of rescue dogs, this is a matter-of-fact description of a sad failing of our society. Different animal welfare groups and their work are profiled, and the adoption process is explained. Animal shelter policies, internet resource ...more
Debbie Graham
I wanted to love this book - and the pictures were wonderful. But I thought it talked above the target--needed to do more to grab kids emotionally. Not well edited either...on page 12 it says 4 million dogs have to be "put to sleep" each year and similar information/stats is repeated on page 19 and perhaps elsewhere! I think it would have benefited from a better format -perhaps not the huge historical picture on p. 18 but instead "bullet points" of such shocking information with ways to make it ...more
Jen Mech
Great informational book for anyone looking to get a pet. I was slightly misled about the direction of the book. It begins with a story of an abandoned dog and it's adoption, but then went into the history of adoption agencies, and barely touched on the tragedies these animals go through again. As someone who likes biographies, I guess I was looking for more insight into the animals than I was a history lesson. This book would be a great source for a kid doing a report on animals, however.
Lin Lin
I found the book for my niece, who just came from China and started 8th grade with little English. She is a sweet girl who is crazy about dogs. Using the book to motivate her to read, I learned so much about ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)and other organizations that are committed to the protection of animals, particularly dogs. If human beings could be humane to dogs, they might consider being humane for their peers.
Karen Arendt
My students will love this book and so will dog lovers everywhere! It is very informative. Explains how dogs end up in shelters, the process shelters go through to take in and try to find homes for dogs as well as other animals. Plenty of adorable photos of dogs at shelters. Includes index and additional reading for younger and older readers, with many current titles listed.
An in-depth look at the overpopulation of dogs in America including its root causes and the consequences. Bial shares the work of organizations like the ASPCA and the HSUS, as well as countless volunteers who rescue, care for, and adopt unwanted dogs. This book provides a wonderful resource for children interested in working with animals or just adopting a pet.
This was a photo-heavy book meant for kids - I adored it! It dealt with the sheer amount of dogs abandoned in shelters daily. It even went into the horrors of puppy mills and backyard breeders. Really important stuff. Love!
With sharp, clear photos, this book gives young readers excellent information on how animal shelters work, and the process most shelters have in place for adopting animals. Focuses on dogs, but is also relevant to other animals.
Appropriate for elementary-age children book about shelter dogs, how they got there, and how people can help. Full of beautiful photographs that hopefully make the reader want to run to their local shelter and adopt a doggy!
Holiday bookaday #9. Great look at the work of animal shelters, promoting adoption over pet stores and backyard breeding, a message my students may be less familiar with.
Sharon Lawler
Through text, photos, and illustrations, the reader learns the origins of the domesticated dog, and the important work of animal welfare groups. Very thorough.
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Mary Lee
An important book -- sometimes difficult to read (the kind of difficult that hurts your heart).
A very clear, unromantic look at the life of shelter animals.
Ss Ho
Oh so sad!!
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Author and photographer Raymond Bial (pronounced beal) has been creating acclaimed books for children and adults for more than thirty years. His books have been published by Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Walker & Company, Marshall Cavendish, Crickhollow Books, and other fine publishers and university presses. Raymond also makes images on assignment, and his stock photographs have been used by ...more
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