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What shelter dogs need is obvious—a home. But how do we find all those homes? That question sends bestselling writer and lifelong dog lover Amy Sutherland on a quest to find the answers in her own volunteer work and beyond. The result is an unforgettable and inspiring trip through the world of homeless dogs and the people who work so hard to save them.

Rescuing Penny Jane introduces readers to dogs like Alfred, a loony, gorilla-sized Goldendoodle, intent on jumping on absolutely everyone at the shelter; Rugby, the crippled pit bull—mix puppy who was found abandoned on a roadside; and Brody, an overly exuberant and misunderstood German shepherd mix. Then there are the author's own adopted dogs: Penny Jane, the terribly skittish stray from a Maine farm who repeatedly pushes Amy's patience to its limits; and Walter Joe, who acts like a rabid dog in the shelter only to become a marshmallow in his new home. She also delves into the history of rescue dogs, like Sido, the sheltie mix who inspired the no-kill movement; Sadie, the Civil War dog who braved Gettysburg; and Bummer and Lazarus, San Francisco's famous nineteenth-century stray dogs.

Through conversations with leading shelter directors, researchers, trainers, adoption counselors, and caretakers across the country, Sutherland offers a nuanced, fully informed picture of the rescue world, along with its challenges, champions, and triumphs. Rich, moving, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, Rescuing Penny Jane ultimately explores what it is to be a Canis lupus familiaris and what it is to be a Homo sapien.

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        Amy Sutherland is the bestselling author of three previous books, most recently What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage. She writes the popular Bibliophiles column in the Boston Globe's Book Section and has contributed to the New York Times, Smithsonian, Preservation, and other outlets. She lives in Boston with her husband and two rescue dogs, Walter Joe and Penny Jane.

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Terrified Penny Jane; brassy but filthy Dixie Lou; tough-guy Dingo; and the crazed, nippy jester, Walter Joe. These are not your average cute-and-cared-for, well-trained pups—these are shelter dogs. Scared, aggressive, so painfully shy that they can't look you in the eye, they have languished so long without attention that they are slipping into a dark place, and soon will no longer be able to bond with people.

A member of the elite corps of volunteers at Boston's Animal Rescue League, Amy Sutherland began walking shelter dogs in 2001 and has patiently helped train canines with serious behavior problems. Rescuing Penny Jane is the story of her adventures with these remarkable dogs, from working at a shelter, helping dozens of animals discover that the right person can give them love, hope, and a whole new life, to adopting two rescue dogs of her own and fostering half a dozen more. In addition to her touching, funny, and insightful anecdotes, Sutherland travels the...

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What shelter dogs need is obvious—a home. But how do we find all those homes? That question sends bestselling writer and lifelong dog lover Amy Sutherland on a quest to find the answers in her own volunteer work and beyond. The result is an unforgettable and inspiring trip through the world of homeless dogs and the people who work so hard to save them.

Rescuing Penny Jane introduces readers to dogs like Alfred, a loony, gorilla-sized Goldendoodle, intent on jumping on absolutely everyone at the shelter; Rugby, the crippled pit bull—mix puppy who was found abandoned on a roadside; and Brody, an overly exuberant and misunderstood German shepherd mix. Then there are the author's own adopted dogs: Penny Jane, the terribly skittish stray from a Maine farm who repeatedly pushes Amy's patience to its limits; and Walter Joe, who acts like a rabid dog in the shelter only to become a marshmallow in his new home. She also delves into the history of rescue dogs, like Sido, the sheltie mix who inspired the no-kill movement; Sadie, the Civil War dog who braved Gettysburg; and Bummer and Lazarus, San Francisco's famous nineteenth-century stray dogs.

Through conversations with leading shelter directors, researchers, trainers, adoption counselors, and caretakers across the country, Sutherland offers a nuanced, fully informed picture of the rescue world, along with its challenges, champions, and triumphs. Rich, moving, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, Rescuing Penny Jane ultimately explores what it is to be a Canis lupus familiaris and what it is to be a Homo sapien.

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      • source: Garth Stein, author of The Art Of Racing In The Rain
      • content: "Rescuing Penny Jane is at once a compelling memoir and an insightful exploration of shelter dogs in our society; as Amy Sutherland welcomes us into her extended dog family, she reveals much about the souls of both dogs and people. This is an inspiring book full of heart and redemption."
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      • source: Jon Katz, author of Talking to Animals
      • content: "The animal rescue culture is one of the most fascinating sub-cultures in American life, and Amy Sutherland explores it with honesty, humor, and great insight. This is not another sappy book about saving animals, but a valuable journey into the best spirit of this extraordinary new movement."
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      • source: Karen Pryor, author of Don’t Shoot the Dog!
      • content: "In Rescuing Penny Jane, Amy Sutherland offers eye-opening insight into the shelter world, the lost and lonely dogs—their history, their emotions, their problems, their capacity for love—and her own experience with many enchanting but far from easy-to-handle individuals. A great read."
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      • source: Alison Spanner, Booklist, starred review
      • content: "An honest and engaging portrayal of her journey from dog lover to dedicated shelter volunteer. [Sutherland] seamlessly interweaves a narrative of the dogs she has loved over the years—warts and all. Reader, beware: you may find yourself falling in love with each one too."
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      • source: New York Times Book Review on What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage
      • content: "Part self-help guide, part animal psychology textbook and part memoir . . . Sutherland has a breezy style."
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      • content: "Playful, passionate, and practical."
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      • source: Boston Sunday Globe on What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage
      • content: "Sutherland's a smart, engaging writer, and her stories about the hows and whys of exotic animal training are fun and fascinating."
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        December 15, 2016
        Upbeat memoir of a dog lover who shares her insights about homeless dogs and animal shelters. For years, Boston Globe columnist Sutherland (What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their Trainers, 2008, etc.) has been a volunteer at Boston's Animal Rescue League, walking, training, and fostering dogs and matching them with prospective new owners. The titular dog was a fearful, undersocialized dog the author and her husband adopted and struggled mightily (and successfully) to turn into a lovable pet. Sutherland's account of Penny Jane is just one thread in a narrative that includes anecdotes about dozens of dogs, observations about the practices of various animal shelters, and interviews with their operators and with animal behaviorists. Her understanding of shelter dogs--she writes that they are not so much homeless as humanless--shines through on every page. Readers will relish her account of her mastery of Brody, a "jumpy-mouthy" she fostered, and will learn how a puppy can accidentally be turned into an overexcitable, scary, even dangerous dog by life in a shelter. Sutherland is troubled by the transport of shelter dogs across the country, especially of unwanted Chihuahuas from the West to New England, and she has her reservations about spay and neuter programs, which may reduce numbers of strays but don't help dogs currently in shelters. Further, she voices her concerns about people who abandon their pets and about prospective owners with unrealistic expectations about their adoptees. Nonetheless, this is still essentially an optimistic book, filled with stories about amazing volunteers at caring shelters and positively generous depictions of quirky, often damaged dogs. An appealing close-up photograph of a shelter dog opens each chapter, enticing readers to head for the nearest animal shelter and bring one home. An inside look at the experiences of shelter dogs that is sure to appeal to dog and animal lovers.

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        Starred review from December 15, 2016
        The U.S. is known to be a dog-loving society, with one out of three households owning a dog. And yet, it also has a homeless-dog population problem that results in one-third or more of all dogs in shelters being euthanized each year, often for issues of space rather than behavioral or health problems. In Sutherland's (Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, 2006) newest book, the author gives readers an inside glimpse into the shelter world nationwide, and into the lives of those who work so tirelessly for each animal that walks in the door. She covers many relevant topics, such as the bond between dog and person, the pit bull problem, anxious adolescent dogs, and the psychology behind owner relinquishments. However, the true strength of this book lies in Sutherland's ability to give an honest and engaging portrayal of her journey from dog lover to dedicated shelter volunteer. She seamlessly interweaves a narrative of the dogs she has loved over the yearswarts and all. Reader, beware: you may find yourself falling in love with each one, too.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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