I Gave Hundreds of Tours through Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Sheds. He Deserves No Pro Bowl Honor.


The property as I saw it on February 1, 2011

My nonprofit organization bought Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound in Surry County, Virginia, and transformed it to a rescue facility for formerly chained dogs. As such, I walked the grounds where his dogs were chained, fought, and died for four years.


One of Vick’s footballs, abandoned in the weeds.

The black sheds where his dogs trained and ultimately lost their lives still stand today, serving as a stark and brutal reminder of the world of dogfighting.


Our dog Sloan the day we bought the property.

What I remember about my first experience with the house and grounds of 1915 Moonlight Road was a stillness, a loneliness, an oppressive feel; yet underneath there was a yearning for more—a wish to be seen, to be heard. Did the land, the souls who remained on the property seek redemption for the blood spilled in their name? Perhaps.


The sheds in 2013

I couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to protect the ground and all those lying therein, a similar desire to what one might experience when visiting battlefields or other sites of tragedy—a wish to somehow “fix” the horrors of the past.

To me, the grounds and buildings there were never evil, but instead almost hallowed by the pain they’d been forced to witness. They were victims of the evils of man in a way similar to the dogs who suffered so greatly within them.


Almost everyone who came to visit asked to tour those sheds, and during my four years I would lead hundreds of people through them, highlighting how each had been used in the dogfighting operation.


Car axles dogs were chained to in the clearings.

I’ve cried and I’ve watched others cry, as they were so touched by the plight of the fighting dog and so moved by what occurred there that their emotions overtook them. Not a single person who went in there came out unaffected. That is the power of those sheds.


Rusty chains left hanging in the sheds.

Dog lovers felt a need to see where the crimes were committed, to understand the depths of the depravity involved in dogfighting. Most left with a strengthened resolve to put an end to this horrific abuse of our “best friends”.


Board where the carpet mill was placed to train the dogs. BNK stood for Badd Newz Kennels.

The buildings appeared hastily and poorly erected, especially compared to the pristine white house decorously built at the front of the property. Three of the four sheds had spray-painted black interiors, too—even down to the windows—to keep anyone from seeing inside.


DDB employee giving a tour of the dark shed.

The far right shed consisted of darkened kennels for the injured and mothers with pups. This shed gave off a pervasively eerie feel, the walls scraped with claw marks by dogs desperate to escape.


Old collar and ESPN mug in fight shed.

Finally, there was the two-story fight shed, closest to the house. There were still odds and ends left in this shed, almost like it had frozen in time. Anything that the feds hadn’t considered as evidence for their case against Vick and his buddies still remained as it was four years earlier. This included an ESPN mug, old collars, lots of rusty chains, some cement dog bowls, and, creepiest of all, a puppy calendar from 2007.


Old jackets draped over camp chairs in the fight room.


Old stereo on the floor of the fight room.

Upstairs, where the dog fights actually occurred, was like stepping into a time warp. There were two old sweat jackets tossed over camp chairs, an old stereo and speakers, cut out squares in the floor from where the feds tested the wood for blood, and old tan carpet remnants.

The windows were painted black, and dog scratches etched the walls.

If there is indeed a hell, I hope that this is one of the rooms dogfighters end up in, forced to fight for their lives day in and day out.

The man who had these sheds built, who planned and financed an elaborate dogfighting operation, who served not a single day in jail for the crime of animal cruelty, was none other than the man the Pro Bowl now seeks to honor with a captainship today: Michael Vick.

“Yeah fine. I killed the dogs. I hung them. I slammed them. I killed all of them. I lost f@*king millions, all over some f@*king dogs.”—Michael Vick, October 12, 2007, after failing his polygraph.


We transformed it to a beautiful home for our rescue dogs.

The argument has been made that Vick served his time and he deserves our forgiveness. That he’s shown remorse.


The axle the carpet mill was attached to. It was taken for evidence.

I would argue that the remaining physical evidence of his crimes instead shows a man determined to commit atrocities against our best friends, to use them in a way most heinous and slaughter those who failed him—and the only reason he stopped was because he got caught.

While even murderers may be worthy of God’s forgiveness, that doesn’t mean that they should be upheld and honored by man.

If Vick’s crimes against the voiceless aren’t enough for a lifetime of dishonor, what would be enough?


Tamira Thayne,  chained in front of the PA state Capitol, advocating for a law.

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—Tamira Thayne is the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, and the author of the newly-released: “It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups”, now available from Who Chains You Books.

Some photos here courtesy of photographer Rita Thomas.

What Happens when Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound is Bought by an Animal Activist? Find out in “It Went to the Dogs”


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It Went to the Dogs:
How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups

by Tamira Thayne

What could possibly go wrong when a dog activist buys Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound? As it turns out…everything.


The house sat empty, an eerie white sentinel against the flat winter landscape, now guarding only whispers of the past. A six-foot white metal fence with coded entry gate lined the country road, abandoning its purpose at the property line and allowing passage to all with the temerity and curiosity to walk around.

The bullet hole in the front window went unnoticed.


Tamira Thayne was alone, parked across the street, and early for her appointment with the Hampton Roads, Virginia realtor. Today was the day she’d tour Michael Vick’s former dogfighting compound, something she’d never imagined nor particularly wanted to do.

It seemed pretty creepy, truth be told.

Tamira felt the whispers surround her, reaching out. The rescuer in her wanted to rescue the ghosts, too; embrace the broken dogs who lay undiscovered and probably buried on the property, assure them they weren’t forgotten. She shuddered, pulling herself together.


The decision Tamira would make that fateful day in February 2011 would lead not only to a home for her nonprofit’s rescue dogs, but also to the most turbulent four years of her life: she faced down allegations of racism, community harassment, poisoning, and, ultimately, false charges aimed at driving her and Dogs Deserve Better from the county.

There was a reason Michael Vick felt he could get away with dogfighting in Surry County, Virginia—and why he got away with it for as long as he did…

With over 200 bw photos and documents.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-946044-67-9 • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-946044-69-3

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About the Author

Tamira Thayne pioneered the anti-tethering movement in America, forming and leading the nonprofit Dogs Deserve Better for 13 years.

During her time on the front lines of animal activism and rescue she took on plenty of bad guys (often failing miserably); her swan song culminated in the purchase and transformation of Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound to a chained-dog rescue and rehabilitation center. She’s spent 878 hours chained to a doghouse on behalf of the voiceless in front of state capitol buildings nationwide.

Tamira is the author of It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups, the Chained Gods Series, the Animal Protectors Series, Foster Doggie Insanity, and Capitol in Chains. She’s the editor of More Rescue Smiles, and the co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles. In 2016 she founded Who Chains You, publishing books by and for animal activists and rescuers.

Tamira is an Air Force veteran who lives by a river in the woods of northern Virginia, with her husband, daughter, one dog, six cats, and hundreds of outside birds and critters she adores from afar.

Akitas Are Taking Pics with our Hachi & Friends Book . . . And the Author is Delighted!

hachicover19lo-dropWe wouldn’t call her a viral sensation—yet!—but author Anastasia Ormeron is delighted to find fans of her book, Hachi & Friends, posting pics with their pups (mostly Akitas) and the book.

And what better time than the 96th Birthday of their beloved Hachi!

Anastasia writes:

“One day this week*, ninety-six years ago, a litter of puppies was born in the barn of a wealthy landowner in snowy Odate, northern Japan. Two months later, on the 14th of January, 1924, amidst a terrifying blizzard, one of these dogs, by the name of Hachi, would leave his hometown never to return.

“His destiny was to live an extraordinary life in Tokyo—one that would change not only the history of Japanese dogs, but would also lead to the creation of a new breed, the American Akita.

The story of this one brave and loyal Akita Inu stole the hearts of an entire nation and made him famous in years to follow, the whole world over. Hachi-ko’s timeless message of dignity, hope, and love is as precious today as it was during his lifetime—he will not be forgotten!”

*(Hachi’s estimated birth date is 10th November, 1923.)

Fans the world over are buying Hachi & Friends and sending photos of their dogs with their copy to author Anastasia Ormeron, providing both touching and funny moments. The book can be purchased on any Amazon site just by searching the name or ISBN of 978-1946044471. Below are some popular links. It’s also available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook.

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Enjoy Some of the Book’s Fans and their Stories, Below!

This “Hachi & Friends” VIP furry reader certainly needs no introduction for those of you familiar with the “Akita World” Facebook Group! So let’s have some serious love for Brad and his beautiful boy Arrow.


Here’s gorgeous Sasha from Sheffield in the UK, hard at work studying her brand new copy of “Hachi & Friends”.


“Bandit is a rescued Malamute, that came to us from the Northeast. We do not always know their stories, but from what we were told, he was an ‘outside dog’, and did not know much about inside living. Well, all that was about to change!

Being his second foster home, we worked with him on making adjustments, and decided to adopt him. Bandit is a strong boy, who doesn’t realize quite how big he really is…

Nowadays, one of his favorite hobbies is to read an amazingly good book by the fireplace, as you can see.

After learning about Hachiko, I look at Bandit with even more love, compassion—and patience!”—Patricia Davis


Beautiful nine-year-old brindle Ludo lives in a quiet village set in the South Wales Valley, surrounded by mountains, forests, and even has a river of his very own to play in!

Ludo’s human, Charlotte Wall, reveals that hers is a very special boy . . . and that he is also extremely spoilt, but absolutely worth every moment spent together.

Ludo refuses to leave his family’s side—with the sole exception of trips to the supermarket, which he doesn’t appreciate!

“Hi Anastasia! My mum told me that as soon as she finishes work, she’s going to read me our new, special book!”—Charlotte and Ludo


“I had not owned a dog of my own until ten years ago, when I stumbled upon the Akita breed, which quite stole my heart. So regal, loving and loyal, I could never have any other—to me, they are the very best!

We found Kosh through the amazing “Friends of Akitas” website, soon after the loss of our beloved Phoebe. Kosh is a goofball and, at times, something of a hooligan. But he is also definitely a mummy’s boy, and I wouldn’t have him any other way!”—Elaine and Kosh, Merseyside, northern England


Four-year-old Akita Gulia lives in the picturesque countryside near Minsk, Bielorussia, and even has a world-famous Nobel prizewinner as her neighbour and friend!

Lovely owner Elena, who you can see here enjoying an autumn picnic and some fun Akita reading time with Gulia, writes . . .

“My husband has always dreamed of owning an Akita Inu. So when we decided to move away from the city, we had no further doubts.

“Gulia fills our lives with happiness and our hearts with smiles every single day.

“She adores car rides, and sits expectantly, paws stretched out towards the back seat, waiting for that ‘magic push’ from those human minions to help her aboard . . . typically Akita! In these moments, we call her our princess.

“Sadly, in our country there are many abandoned animals, and we do our best to help. We believe that every dog deserves a good home and a family to love.”—Elena and Gulia


(OK, this dog Thomas is just MASSIVE! Any dog who can make an Akita look small has got to be YOOGE!)

Meet beautiful Lilly from Puyallup in Washington. Lilly’s human, Jennifer Hansen writes:

“When we adopted our Alaskan Malamute, a puppy of three months, my son David called him Thomas, after his favorite cartoon, “Thomas the Train”. Thomas quickly grew to a whopping 180 pounds and the two became inseparable.

“Just over two years ago, we decided to enlarge our family, and met some local pups. Four lovely American Akitas came tumbling out—but only one ran over to us.

“I was sitting on the ground, thinking how beautiful this little girl was, when she licked my face and barked. She had already made her mind up that we were to be her new family, and stole our hearts on the spot!

“We named her Lilly, and when we took her home to be introduced to Thomas, it was love at first sight. To this day they are the best of friends—Lilly certainly put a new fire into our old boy’s step!”—Jennifer and Lilly

If our last story featured a decidedly ‘oversize’ furry reader, today we are proud to present the tiniest in our growing collection.

Hulk and Snow live in Fort Worth, Texas with their human, Patricia D’Andrea, who adopted them as puppies from a neighbour two years ago.

Despite their miniature size, Patricia tells me that the two brothers have succeeded in eating their way through four sofas since their arrival—evidently partners in crime!

And how cute are these drawings of Patricia’s delightful little Jack Russel/Chihuahua duo, created by their friend and dogsitter, eleven-year-old Coral Jaramillo!


Here is Drummer’s story as given to me by his guardian, Lowen Zeiner, from Palm Bay, Florida . . .

“I adopted Drummer from a ranch last June. He turned eight in August.

“As a puppy, Drummer competed in ‘conformation shows’, and then took early retirement to spend more time with his siblings!

“He was very standoffish towards me at first, in typical Akita mode, as he had only belonged to one person previously.

“It took me many months for him to fully accept me into his life. But things so valuable have to be earned, and Drummer is worth much more to me than anything else.

“He is a loving, loyal companion – and also my very best friend.”—Lowen and Drummer

Greetings to our two very handsome  ‘senior citizen’ furry readers, Sebastian and Copper, from Keeling in Virginia.

Owner Bruce Burnette writes:

“Since I adopted Sebastian (16) and his son Copper (15) in 2011, we have learned so much from each other. They have tought me civility, dignity, and a little taste of Japanese manners too!

“As you know, Hachiko is very close to my heart—and my dear Hachi friends Sebastian and Copper have shown me, throughout the years, friendship, companionship and love, the very same that the loyal dog Hachi would have given.

“I call these two Shibas my ‘Hachi boys’—what better way to show them both how much I love them!”—Bruce, Sebastian, and Copper

Our lovely and very large furry reader Akira comes to us from Berea, Kentucky.

Daniel Mayfield writes:

“My girlfriend drove for six hours to collect Akira, as I had to work that day.

“She was the ‘runt’ of the litter, and the last to find her furever home.

“Jill was extremely skeptical at the outset, as she had never owned a dog of her own before. But she stated that she immediately knew Akira was ‘the one’ and vice versa, as soon as they set eyes on each other!

“Akira was probably the largest of all her littermates, despite being a girl. Today, we find her beautiful, smart and, like most Akitas, very stubborn! Wherever we go, people ask her breed and comment how beautiful she is.”—Daniel and Akira

Nicolle Joy Wilfenger, from Indianapolis writes:

“I first met Charlie, AKA “Boo Bear”, in 2006, when a friend told me there was a one- year-old Shiba in the shelter. Knowing the uniqueness of the breed, she wanted at all costs to avoid an unknowing adopter taking the dog, without realizing the particular care he required.

“We had just lost one of our pups, and were more than happy with the two we had left …. I certainly wasn’t looking to take on another—so I reluctantly agreed to take a look, but made no promises!

“When we arrived, the shelter was closed, which allowed us a moment’s privacy.

“Ruby, our scared, abused German Shepherd ran and hid on a shelf behind some dog food, while Lady, our black and tan Shiba, sat aloof in typical Shiba fashion.

“A man brought the puppy towards me, wrapped in a blanket. He told me that the purebred Shiba belonged to his daughter, who was away at college. As he already owned a cat and another dog, Charlie had become an unwanted extra!

“The puppy was shivering uncontrollably under his little blanket. As I lifted him gently, Ruby seemed instantly drawn to him and slowly crept out from the safety of her shelf to meet him.

“Charlie never made it to the adoption floor—once his hold was up, and the vetting procedures seen to, Mike, my husband, brought him home.

“That was 15 years ago. Charlie is a Libra just like me, and we celebrated his fifteenth birthday this month! He is still my fiesty Boo Bear, with a high-pitched, loud bark, which he uses mercilessly to get his own way, and boundless energy.

“I cherish my days with him, and find myself moved to tears as I watch him snuggling close over a movie, looking up at me lovingly. I have asked Charlie to make sure he lives to be the oldest Shiba on record, because I simply cannot imagine my life without him!”—Nicolle and Charlie

The stories continue to roll in to author Anastasia Ormeron’s inbox. She loves sharing pics of the pups with her book, and their stories, too, with all the Hachi lovers out there. We may share a second installment soon!

Anastasia is also hard at work on the second book in the series, so fans take heart. There is more “Detective Hachi” to come!

About the Book

Hachi & Friends

Second Edition

by Anastasia Ormeron
Illustrated by Chaira Intropido
Narrated by Ellery Truesdell

If you happen to be passing through Shibuya Railway Station, in the chaotic heart of Tokyo, you are certain to come across a small bronze statue of a dog.

This is Hachi-kò, the ‘Loyal Akita Inu of Japan’, who waited faithfully at that exact spot for almost ten years in the hope of his master’s return.

Shibuya Station is a focal point in this delightful tale combining fact and fiction, and every afternoon our hero unfailingly meets the incoming three o’clock train, seeking the one familiar face which means so much to him—that of Master Ueno.

A mysterious kidnapping sets Hachi and friends on a trail that twists and turns through the Tokyo of the 1920s, and Hachi comes face to face with his worst fear. Will he overcome it to win the day?

You’ll meet some of Hachi’s many human and animal friends, including Maro, the vagabond mixed breed who is proud to live as a street dog, Goro, who was abandoned as a puppy outside the police station and now acts as police dog, and Debbie, Hachi’s special fox terrier friend who lives next door.

This illustrated story for ages 9 and up is dedicated to Hachi, on his eighty-fourth Memorial Anniversary.

ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-47-1



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About the Author

Anastasia Ormeron is a mother, a teacher, and now a writer. A friend to all animals since childhood, she carries many of their beloved stories into the classroom, believing that some of life’s greatest lessons can be learned from them.

Anastasia spent most of her crazier growing up years in London, but shares a quieter life today, in a tiny corner of the Italian Alps, with her husband and grumpy grey cat, Mathilda.

A Rescued Greyhound, a Scotty Dog, and a…UFO?


Now Available, from WCY Books
The Case of the Mysterious UFO

The Adventures of Swift & Pete, Vol. 1

By Ronnell Jackson
Illustrations by Brynakha Vaettir

Mahmah adopted Swift when she visited the local animal shelter; the greyhound caught her eye, sad and lonely in his kennel. She took him home, cleaned him up, and taught him what it was like to live as a beloved family companion. A year later a skinny, matted Scottish terrier named Pete landed on their doorstep, and soon their little family had expanded to three.

What Mahmah had no way of knowing was that Swift and Pete had once lived as strays together, running the streets and scrounging to survive. They’d been close friends and partners in crime, until circumstances—and Animal Control—separated them.

Now trouble awaited the duo once more, as they slipped under their fence and into the dark of night. Swift and Pete raced through the neighboring woods in search of adventure, laughing and remembering the old days. Suddenly a bright ball of light appeared in the sky, streaking toward them and growing brighter and larger before lowering into the dense growth ahead.

They slowed to a stop.

What was that, a meteor? Some kind of aircraft? As the dogs and their friend Icebox investigate The Case of the Mysterious UFO, truths about the mistreatment of animals on our planet and the disappearance of their fellow canines come to light, and their world will never be the same.

The Adventures of Swift and Pete make perfect early chapter readers for ages 9 and up, and can easily fit into school and humane education programs, too.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-946044-61-7

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About the Author

ronnelljacksonpic-loRonnell Jackson first became interested in writing in 2006, when he was 54. A North Carolina newspaper held their annual Christmas story contest, and although he didn’t win, seeing his name in print had a profound affect on him. It led him to take a creative writing course with the University of North Carolina, and he began entering other writing contests. After a few years of effort, he’d finally won first place!

It was during those years that he wrote The Adventures of Swift & Pete, and other stories, too. The Case of the Mysterious UFO is his first published book.

About the Illustrator

brynloBrynakha Vaettir lives in the mountains of Virginia, and spends her free time drawing, reading, and playing video games. She has a great love for cats, most frequently illustrating feline and other hybrid animal characters. Her tabby Sparta holds her heart for all of eternity, but she also makes room for most cats she meets. You can find her art online at www.deviantart.com/brynakha.

“4 Love of Animals” Using Coloring Books in Creative Way, Brings Awareness for Chained Dogs


Not only does Who Chains You Books sell our Happy Dog! Coloring Books online and in bulk through our website, we also license the coloring book to nonprofit anti-chaining groups to help them raise awareness for suffering dogs in their communities.


It’s a win/win. Often, small local groups don’t have the volunteer support or funding to commission an illustrator for their own book; licensing ours at a fraction of the cost enables them to quickly and easily get their own product. PLUS, we get the unique pleasure of knowing our books are making an even bigger difference to chain-ge minds and lives in communities across America.

When we license Happy Dog!: From Chained To Cherished, (by Tamira Thayne and illustrated by April Pedersen), we change the background cover color and personalize the cover and interior information for each group, so it truly becomes their own product. We then provide the directors with .pdf files to take to a local printer, and provide support as needed. The license is valid for ten years, too.

How 4 Love of Animals is Using their Happy Dog! Coloring Book to Make a Difference

4 Love of Animals is our most-recent licensee, and is located in Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina. The group works to promote respect and compassion for all creatures through humane education, legislation, and action.

Denise Brooker, director of the organization, tells us: “We are dedicated to improving the lives of animals in Haywood County, North Carolina. Our main goal is to get an anti-chaining ordinance in all of Haywood County.”


How is the Group Featuring their Coloring Book?

“We had two of our biggest fundraising events this month—very large downtown Waynesville art shows. We decided to hold an adoption event along with our new coloring books. We ‘rescued’ stuffed dogs from our local thrift stores and displayed them at our booth. For a small donation, the children (and adults) received their rescue dog of choice, a certificate of adoption, and a ‘Happy Dog’ coloring book. We sold out of all of our books!”

The group plans to continue their educational ‘adoptions’ using these coloring books throughout the year. They are also planning to approach their Board of Education and hope to get their coloring books into the classrooms.


To read more about them, or donate for their work, visit www.4loveofanimals.net.

We asked 4 Love of Animals about the process of getting their version ready to go. Was it hard?

“The licensing process for ‘Happy Dog: from Chained to Cherished’ was so easy,” said Denise. “We took weeks trying to figure out how we wanted to personalize our version. Once we submitted our information, it took Who Chains You barely a day or two to finalize it. We are so impressed with the final product! The book was a huge success at recent events; in fact, we’re sold out and are ordering more this week!”

Our Final Question: Does the Group Rescue Chained Dogs? If so, What is their Favorite Story with Photos?


4 Love of Animals works with our local Haywood County Animal Services to save dogs from horrible lives on chains. We get requests by concerned citizens about chained dogs in their neighborhoods and we check out the situation. If we decide the dog is in immediate danger, we contact an animal control officer or a sheriff deputy immediately. If there are violations and no immediate health risk, we request animal services to perform a wellness check and provide us with a copy of report. We continue to follow up as needed.

“We had one dog we’ll always remember, Damon. Damon was chained to a large tree in the owner’s front yard. Neighbors reported to us that the owners had not been home for at least a week and they were very concerned. Damon’s house was upside down and he seemed to be tangled up on a short chain. 4 Love of Animals went to the property and witnessed the same conditions.


“We called our Animal Services and asked for an officer to come to address the situation. It was after hours and they would not come. We then called the Sheriff’s office, explaining that we were not leaving until an officer arrived. Long story short, we had several weeks of this same situation occurring over and over. There was no caretaker around for days at a time, and Damon would just sit on a log overlooking the creek that was his only water source. Finally, after much turmoil, the officer insisted that the owner surrender Damon to the shelter. Damon was adopted, and we’re hopeful he now has a much better and happier life.”

To read more about them, or donate for their work, visit www.4loveofanimals.net.

To order Happy Dog! Coloring Book for yourself, in bulk, or license it for your group, visit our page at http://whochainsyou.com/happydog.html.


Squeak the Squirrel, New from Wildlife Rehabber Rhonda Van


Now Available from Who Chains You Books

Squeak the Squirrel

Written and Illustrated by Rhonda Van

Squeak’s family used to live in a big nest lined with leaves and dry grass. The little squirrel remembered a mother who loved and cared for them. But one morning there were loud noises outside the nest. “VRR VRRR! VRR VRRR!”

Their branch started shaking, then the whole nest fell to the ground . . . two men were trimming the tree! “Hey, look,” one said. “Baby squirrels!”

Squeak felt something big and wet lick him. Yuck, what was that? A dog’s tongue? The dog picked Squeak up in his wet mouth and ran happily around the yard. “EEP EEP!” Squeak cried. “EEEP! EEEEP!”

Oh, NO! What will happen to Squeak and his brother and sister now? Find out in Squeak the Squirrel, based on the true story of a rescue squirrel named Squeak. The book, beautifully illustrated in full color by author Rhonda Van, will delight any child or classroom, and fits perfectly into lesson areas for humane education or compassion discussions. Excellent for ages 7 and up, Squeak the Squirrel is a great choice for family bedtime, classroom, or solo reading adventures.

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About the Author

rhondavan2loRhonda Van is an artist, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover.

She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony. Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.

Rhonda is the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away and Tiffany Rolls On.

We Know What Happened To Michael Vick’s Dogs…but What Became of the Infamous Property? Read All About it December 1!

If you haven’t read the most recent Washington Post story on the Vick dogs rescued from his fighting operation in 2007, we urge you to read and share it with all your friends. After all, can there ever be enough happy ending stories from a tragedy such as this?

A Second Chance

Twelve years ago, 47 dogs were rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation and allowed to live. They’ve enriched the lives of countless humans and altered the course of animal welfare.

Even though most of the dogs have since passed on, many groups and families gave their all to chain-ge the lives of these dogs for the better. They deserve a place in history and our gratitude.  Read the full article and see the heartwarming photos here.

In addition, the article mentions that the nonprofit Dogs Deserve Better bought the property, and turned it from the Bad Newz Kennels to the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs.

Did you ever wonder how that came to be?

On December 1st, from author and founder of Dogs Deserve Better—Tamira Thayne—comes the book many have been waiting for:

It Went to the Dogs: How Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups


From the Introduction:

The house sat empty, an eerie white sentinel against the flat winter landscape, now guarding only whispers of the past. A six-foot white metal fence with coded entry gate lined the country road, abandoning its purpose at the property line and allowing passage to all with the temerity and curiosity to walk around.

The bullet hole in the front window went unnoticed.


I was alone, parked across the street, and early for my appointment with the Hampton Roads, Virginia realtor. Today was the day I’d tour Vick’s former dogfighting compound, something I’d never imagined nor particularly wanted to do.

Seemed pretty creepy to me.

I felt the whispers surround me, reaching out. The rescuer in me wanted to rescue the ghosts, too; embrace the broken dogs who lay undiscovered and probably buried on the property, assure them they weren’t forgotten. I shuddered, pulling myself together…

Stay tuned for more information, coming soon! To browse all of author Tamira Thayne’s current books, visit her author page.

Love Cats? Blessings from My Cats is for You!


Now Available, Great for Cat Lovers!

Blessings from My Cats

How I Discovered the Boundless Joy of Caring for Wild and Domestic Strays

Janet S. Dumas

“My heart was touched by Blessings From My Cats; thank you, thank you for the lifeline you provide for so many cats and continuing to remind us of our spiritual connection to animals.”—Sonya Fitzpatrick, Radio Show Host, SiriusXM, Animal Intuitive, TV Host of Animal Planet’s “The Pet Psychic” and “Pet Psychic Encounters”, Author, What the Animals Tell Me and Cat Talk

Blessings From My Cats is a collection of short stories about the rescued cats that share the author’s home and the feral cats that depend on her in the wild.

Author Janet S. Dumas became drawn to cat advocacy after her visceral reaction to a chilling expose in the newspaper about the thousands of animals being gassed to death each year by the City of San Antonio, Texas. She knew she had to take action, thus beginning her adventures into the world of Trap-Neuter-Return and caring for cats near her, both feral and domestic. Janet shares her experiences as a feral cat colony caretaker, how she came to understand the individual cats, and the relationships they built together.

She also shares her newfound commitment to adopting stray cats, realizing the enormity of the feline neglect that has become common in cities across the nation. In fact, she didn’t adopt any of her cats from a shelter—she had her pick of alley cats merely by walking outside her door.

The author takes the reader through the myriad of emotions she experiences in caring for the cats—from unmitigated jubilation to the depths of sorrow to a level of compassion that she never knew existed within her.

Blessings from My Cats provides a window into the secret lives of cats in the wild, and the surprising ways these cats demonstrate their profound appreciation for their humans on a daily basis, delighting and resonating with cat lovers of all ages.

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-57-0

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About the Author

janetprofessional-loJanet S. Dumas lives in San Antonio, Texas and is a semi-retired medical social worker. She enjoys writing, fitness, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. She has been a cat afficionado for over 40 years, and her love for animals led to an unintended journey into cat advocacy fourteen years ago. Janet is passionate about improving the lives of stray and feral cats. She enjoys caring for these vulnerable felines while educating pet owners and well, anyone who will listen, about the need for spay/neuter and our responsibility to care for God’s creatures.


Endorsements from Animal Experts:

“My heart was touched by Blessings From My Cats; thank you, thank you for the lifeline you provide for so many cats and continuing to remind us of our spiritual connection to animals.”Sonya Fitzpatrick, Radio Show Host, SiriusXM, Animal Intuitive, TV Host of Animal Planet’s “The Pet Psychic” and “Pet Psychic Encounters”, Author, What the Aanimals Tell Me and Cat Talk

“Blessings come in all shapes and sizes and often don’t look like blessings at all. This very personal account of one woman’s blessed relations with the cats in her life offers a good reminder to stay alert to the unexpected.”Craig Brestrup, PHD, Author, Disposable Animals

“In this collection of charming stories, Dumas captures an intimate relationship with cats, from those who share her home to those who rely on her care in the wild. Her insights will deliver a deeper understanding of the bond shared between people and cats.”Cathy M. Rosenthal, Author, The Lucky Tale of Two Dogs, Columnist, San Antonio Express News, “Animal Matters”

“A captivating, funny, and heart-warming story about the gratifying results of saving cats. It is also a wonderful ‘how-to’ book for feral and stray caretakers. The educational component is an added bonus! If only we had more ‘Janets’ out there.”Sherry Derdak, President, San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition

“It is always a joy to see all of the different ways that cats choose their people and then set about training them. It is a wonderful service, TNR,  that Janet and her associates provide for the feral cat population of San Antonio. It gives me great satisfaction to be a small part of helping to improve the lives of these wonderful cats.”Dr. Mike Mixon, Founder of Texas Veterinary Hospitals

37 Heart-Warming, Tail-Thumping Stories of Dog Rescue in “Rehoming Love”


Now Available from Who Chains You Books!

Rehoming Love

Tail Thumping Adventures of Happily Adopted Canines

by Kate J. Kuligowski

Join author Kate J. Kuligowski as she brings us into the world of dog rescue through 37 heart-warming, tail-thumping episodes of the successful rescues and rehomings of an assortment of fantastic but hopeless, deserted dogs of all ages. We’ll travel through history from as far back as 1910 through today, and meet dogs of different breeds and sizes—some with physical impediments, all left in nearly impossible situations.

Rehoming Love provides a peek into a world and rehoming experience that can at times be convoluted, but also incredible and joyous. These are stories for any dog lover who has been enchanted or bewildered by their dog’s forever loyalty, or has experienced the intoxication that follows a successful rescue or rehoming of a pet.

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Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-58-7

About the Author

kk copyloKate J. Kuligowski is a New Mexico native and graduate of University of New Mexico; she taught secondary education in New Jersey and New Mexico schools. As Education Director for Animal Humane Association New Mexico and Watermelon Mountain Ranch No Kill Shelter, she and her assortment of performing blind and deaf dogs delivered her award-winning K-12 curriculum, You and Your Pet Are Forever to thousands of classrooms, civic and social organizations throughout the state for many years.

Kate’s writings have also appeared in various pet publications, one of which was awarded the prestigious Dog Writers’ Association of America (DWAA) Maxwell Medallion in 2018. One of her three previous books, Our Most Treasured Tails, was also a Maxwell Medallion recipient. Goodbye Bad Guys was a DWAA and Best Books finalist. Let’s Git Outa Here was the first place winner in the 15th annual 2018 Best Book Awards and a DWAA finalist. All three books were given 5 star ratings by Readers’ Favorites.

She and husband Wally have resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1965, enjoying the gifts of love given by their varying number of fantastic “thrown-away” pets.

Her reason for writing? “I write to make our caring Americans aware of the plight of the multitude of abandoned, abused and shelter pets. Empowered with knowledge, they can use their talents, resources and votes to improve and protect their precious lives. I write to make a difference.”


WCY Books is a proud member of the Humane Education Coalition. Our books and our work for the animals through reading was featured on the Humane Education Coalition’s podcast, Connected Roots, this week. Listen now and find out more about our books and our dreams for the future.


It’s finally here! You can now browse our ENTIRE Catalog in pdf from our site. We also include order forms for special pricing for nonprofits, humane educators, and vet offices. http://whochainsyou.com/WCYCatalog19.pdf

Harley the Pitbull Mix Faces Breed Discrimination—Will he Change Hearts and Minds?


Harley Saves the Day

by Karen Patterson
Illustrated by Nina Robichaud

Harley is a loving dog with a big body and a loud bark. When Anthony adopts him from the animal shelter in town, the two immediately become best friends.

It comes as a surprise when they encounter neighbors on their morning walk who are frightened by Harley’s physical features. Despite Anthony’s attempts to showcase Harley’s friendly personality, neighbors put pressure on him to keep Harley inside and away from their homes.


When a house fire threatens the life of an elderly neighbor, Harley jumps into action to save her life. Ironically, it’s Harley’s loud bark that alerts rescuers to their location and brings the help she so desperately needs. Through Harley’s heroic act, will the neighborhood begin to look beyond his physical appearance and see him for the caring dog that he is?

Join Harley as he proves that kindness and compassion can change the world. Harley Saves the Day is perfect for ages 7 and up, and makes a wonderful addition to humane or anti-bullying education programs.

ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-56-3

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About the Author

51314181_1047734238748013_1830808974757199872_oKaren Patterson is a life-long animal lover and former elementary classroom teacher. Now she is a full-time humane educator, enjoying life in Michigan with her son and her four furry kids. Harley Saves the Day is her first book.

About the Illustrator

ninarNina Robichaud is an artist and a former veterinary assistant. She graduated from Old Dominion University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In her free time she draws animals, goes to the beach and enjoys playing video games. Nina lives in Virginia Beach with her dog Jager and cat Penelope, who are both rescues.