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Little Boy Blue by Kim Kavin
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Aug 09, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: animals, inspirational, reviewed
Read from October 04 to 08, 2012 — I own a copy

Little Boy Blue is the story of how one puppy was rescued from death row at a shelter in North Carolina, transported north, and adopted by a writer living in New Jersey.

After author Kim Kavin adopts Blue, her mixed-breed pup from a North Carolina shelter, she gets curious about the lack of information surrounding Blue before he came to her. She begins digging deeper after she takes Blue to the vet to be checked out and the vet looks over the scant medical information provided.

Curious about his medical history and wanting to know more about her pup's background, Kavin begins digging. She contacts the rescue organizations and rescuers involved. Talking to them leaves her with more questions, so she travels to North Carolina to see the shelter from which Blue was rescued firsthand.

What Kavin learns on that trip horrifies her and makes her want to do something to help. The shelter Blue was pulled from has a 95% kill rate. The story is the same all across the South - horrifically high kill rates. The same can't be said for the North, where the spay/neuter message has made a significant impact on shelter populations. Those sorts of kill percentages are unheard of in northern shelters precisely because people are spaying/neutering their pets and adopting from shelters rather than buying purebred dogs.

Kavin explores the grassroots rescue movement. She learns that breeders, farm and research groups have actively fought against animal welfare legislation that would have helped more dogs like Blue. She sees the amount of trust that Southern rescues and Northern rescues operate under when they help move dogs like Blue out of the high risk South to the relative safety of the North. Along the way, she becomes a foster parent for other dogs like Blue, helping them find forever homes.

It is horrifying to think that because some people refuse to spay/neuter their pets, thousands of animals are dying each day - needlessly. That has to change. The attitude of the shelters themselves has to change. They need to encourage/promote prevention and help the public find low cost ways to spay/neuter. Only then will the steady flow of animals coming into shelters (and dying there) stop. To paraphrase an analogy from the book, you can't stop a leak if you don't turn off the water first.

Reading this book has made me determined that our next dog will come from a rescue, not a breeder.

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