WCY Books 2020 Recap: 25 Titles Added to our Animal Lovers Catalog

Despite 2020 being a tough year all around, Who Chains You Books somehow beat our goal of 24 titles by one, for a total of 25 new releases in 2020! If you haven’t perused our new offerings, we hope you’ll check out our titles and authors below and support their work. Many are first time authors, and knowing someone bought their book gives them the courage to continue on their writing journey.

All of our authors are animal lovers in one form or another, and our books advocate and bring awareness to dogs and cats, yes, but other animals, too. This year we’ve featured bunnies, coyotes, chickens, bees, horses, sheep, hermit crabs, fish, and birds!

Raven Woman’s Tavern

Written by Laura Koerber

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‪A backwoods bar run by a shapeshifter.‬

A road that changes length, direction, and destination.‬

A young man, lost in the forest and dying, hears the cry of a raven.‬

Set in a dystopic near future, Raven Woman’s Tavern is the story of a collection of survivalists who are squatting in the remains of a dead timber town in the Northwest. The residents—most of them old, sick, and in need—help each other by means legal and extralegal under the watchful eye of Rachel, the tavern keeper. When the peace of the community is disturbed by the sudden visit of four members of the local militia, the survivalists are frightened; not all of them are law-abiding and some are not citizens. ‬

‪But, as Crazy Mary said to Charlie the Poet, “You don’t piss Rachel off. She’s got her ways.”‬


Tale Feathers

Written by Brian Meade

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Coco was fixated by the clock on the wall. It felt as if the hands barely moved, counting the seconds in minutes and the hours in days. “Biggest point, two more clicks,” he murmured under his breath, clicking his beak in unison with the clock.

The moment had finally arrived! “Good morning guys!” his voice reverberated through the cavernous rooms of the old wooden house.

He was met first with quiet, and then the complaints started…

Coco, Pablo, Squeaker, Kiku, and Red are an odd flock of parrots who have been living under one roof with the same family for years. Like any other family, they’ve grown a little too comfortable and a little tired of each other’s company and their mundane daily experiences.

Soon, change arrives in a way none of them could have expected. One day, the quirky flock finds their lives taking a turn that leads them on a several day, cross-town adventure.

They pick up some new friends along the way, and their sometimes frightening real-world experiences leave them with a newfound appreciation for each other and the human family they’ve taken for granted.

Will things be the same at adventure’s end, or will their lives be changed forever? Find out in Tale Feathers, a new novel by Brian Meade, perfect for readers and bird lovers young and old.

“Reveals the wonderful chaos of the flock.”—Kevin Hils, Bronx Zoo


Shadow’s Forever Home:
An Adoption Journey

Written by Sandra Biersdorfer
Illustrated by Barbara Gadsby

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A fluffy, solid black kitten with golden yellow eyes rested on his favorite perch just outside the entrance to Seth Elementary School. It was a warm, sunny day, without a cloud in the flawless blue sky. As the students passed, many stopped to pet him—a pat on the head here, a scratch under the chin there.

“Oh, he’s SOOOOO cute!” one girl exclaimed.

“MEOW!” the kitten cried. Although she couldn’t understand him, what he really wanted her to hear was, “If you think I’m cute, take me home with you. Please!”

“I really like cats, but my mom won’t let me have one,” one young boy pouted as he passed the kitten.

With a sad face and a pitiful sigh, the fluffy black kitten with golden eyes gave up on finding anyone at the school to take him home. He began the long trek downtown hoping for something to eat.

Will Shadow ever realize his dream of a loving family, a warm bed, and plenty of healthy food? Discover for yourself, in this early chapter book just for developing readers. With adorable black and white interior illustrations by artist Barbara Gadsby to bring Shadow’s story to life, too.


The No Name Bunny

Written by Ali Tibbetts
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

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The No Name Bunny tells of one rabbit’s journey to find her forever family, emphasizing the importance of hope in the face of life’s challenges and offering an animal’s perspective on loss and fear, belief and belonging. In this children’s tale of redemption, the No Name Bunny perseveres despite neglect and abandonment to achieve her dream of a better life and to finally get what she wants most: a name.

After reading The No Name Bunny, young readers ages 6 and up will come to understand that, like us, animals deserve compassion and empathy. While the story’s central theme emphasizes humane treatment of animals, humans and animals alike can grasp the need for love, belonging, and identity.


Birdie

Written by Ann Florence Dodd
with Illustrations by the Author

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Birdie is a sweet and lonely caged bird who lives in the garden outside his owner’s cottage. As he sits in his cage day after day, he watches other birds fly the blue skies and wonders why he is not free to fly, too. What did he do wrong?

Birdie really wants a friend and tries to find one, but it just isn’t happening for him. Then one day a beetle named Berty falls into his cage, and suddenly Birdie is so happy: he has his first friend!

After tragedy strikes, Birdie becomes desperate to escape his confinement. When his cage door is finally opened, Birdie has to face his fears and find the courage to leave; after all, his cage was the only world he knew…

Is Birdie brave enough to face his biggest fear? Follow Birdie’s beautiful story—perfect for ages 10 and up—as the little bird finds friendship and courage, confronts untold adversity, and finally explores a whole new world he never knew existed. With heart-touching illustrations from the author, Ann Florence Dodd.

The Spirit’s Message: A Story About Living Kindly

Written by Beth Levine
with Illustrations by Revers Lab

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In a small village in a far-off land lived a young girl named Sara and her younger brother Justin. Today was a celebration: Sara turned thirteen, and as was the tradition in her village, she would travel into the nearby Magical Forest to receive a message from the Spirit of the Earth.

The seeker usually braved the forest alone, but because Sara and Justin were so close, they convinced her parents and the village elders to let them go together. Join the siblings as they embark on a mission into the Magical Forest, where they meet many of the woodland inhabitants and learn that the world around them is not what it may seem at first glance.

The duo is honored with the Spirit of the Earth’s most crucial message—but will they take it to heart? The Spirit’s Message is a tale of courage, hope, and kindness, brought to you through a journey of two young souls; it is a wonderful and purpose-filled read for ages eight through adulthood.


Claire’s Coyote Friends

Written by Christy Burbidge
Illustrated by Mary Jo Helchowski

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Claire lives in a house on a golf course with her dad and rescue beagle, Buddy. Every day after school, Claire and Buddy go for a walk on the course—it’s Claire’s favorite part of the day!

The golf course is home to many animal friends: geese, swans, and…

Claire hears barking…what is that, puppies?!

Upon learning the babies are actually coyote pups, Claire becomes enamored and researches their needs and how they differ from Buddy’s. Claire’s Coyote Friends is an exploration of and helps children understand a different type of bond—one where we can feel close to others even if we can’t spend time with them.


Different is Beautiful

Written by Penelope Lagos
Illustrated by Charles Berton

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Cassius, an eight-year-old pitbull, has been stuck in the shelter for quite some time. It becomes his mission to rally all the other “special needs” animals together to change adopters’ minds and find loving homes for himself and his friends.

This time, the Paws ‘n Claws Adoption Day turns into a life lesson for all. Cassius keeps his friends positive and their heads held high, proving that looking different is not a bad thing—in fact, being yourself is the best way to be.

Different is Beautiful is a heart-warming story for children ages 7 and up that helps them accept people who may not look the same as they do. Author Penelope Lagos also offers ten helpful tips parents can use to educate children about overcoming bias.


Out of the Dog House

Written by Sandy De Lisle
and Stephanie Itle-Clark
Illustrated by Nina Robichaud

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Jax used to live a cushy life inside a house with fuzzy blankets and a comfy chair. Suddenly his person can no longer care for him, and he finds himself living in a stranger’s backyard and missing his best human friend.

He misses his warm bed, squeaky ball, and bowls with his name on them. Most of all, though, he misses his person’s gentle scratches under his chin and the way he said, “Good boy, Jax.”

Will the kind animal control officer succeed in helping Jax get out of the doghouse and into the warm home of his new family? Find out in Out of the Dog House, perfect for ages 8 and up. Out of the Dog House is great for classroom and humane education efforts, too, and includes educational information and questions to provoke classroom discussion.


Wallace Willoughbee Wants a Dog

Written by Nancy Alexander
Illustrated by April Pedersen

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Once a year, Wallace gets to spend a week with his Aunt Polly, and it’s his favorite week of the year. Aunt Polly lives on a big farm, with lots and lots of dogs. Wallace wants a dog with all his heart, but his mom and dad don’t want one.

Wallace couldn’t wait to tell Aunt Polly about the new program at the animal shelter. He’d seen an ad on TV: the shelter had started a program for kids and parents to volunteer to walk the dogs together.

That would be a dream come true!

At Aunt Polly’s, Wallace helps feed and walk all the dogs every day. He sits in the sun with Snickers every afternoon, and Snickers snuggles next to Wallace every night.

But the happy visits always end too soon. Will Wallace ever get the dog of his dreams? Find out in Wallace Willougybee Wants a Dog, by Nancy Alexander, with full color illustrations by April Pedersen.


An Underwater Friend

Written by Howard Edelstein
Illustrated by Jessica Henderson

Timmy woke up early and rushed to his parents’ bed to make sure his dad was awake. He’d been looking forward to this day all week. Today Timmy’s dad was taking him on his first fishing trip, and he was so excited!

But the lesson Timmy would ultimately learn wasn’t the one he was expecting…

An Underwater Friend is the story of a boy who realizes that a friendship can develop between any two individuals. It makes the reader aware that we all have feelings, and that we should treat everyone, including our animal friends, as we would want to be treated.

An Underwater Friend is a project of Fish Feel, the first organization devoted to promoting the recognition of fish as sentient beings deserving of respect and compassion.

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Squirmy Hermie’s Heroics
Animal Protector Series Vol. 4

Written by Tamira Thayne
Illustrated by C.A. Wulff

Snip, snip . . . snip, snip.

Squirmy Hermie poked his head out of his pink and yellow-painted shell, peering out into the darkening room. Where was that noise coming from? The store had closed for the night; the only sounds this late came from his newfound crab friends as they began their nocturnal hunt for food and entertainment.

And maybe a way out of here? The nagging hope slipped into his mind for the hundredth time since he’d arrived in this place only a few days earlier.

Snip, snip . . . snip, snip.

There it was again.

Squirmy and his friend Hairy had been taken, along with many others, from their beach homes in the Caribbean islands. Why? Where were they now? And how could they free themselves from this cage and the toxic shells they’d been forced into?

Will those who speak on their behalf help them to safety? Find out in Squirmy Hermie’s Heroics, the 4th volume in the Animal Protector series from author Tamira Thayne, with full color illustrations by C.A. Wulff.

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Towpath’s Tail

Written by Will Stolzenburg
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

Towpath’s Tail is the story of a special pit bull puppy with a magical tail that spreads happiness wherever he goes. But when Towpath’s tail is suddenly stolen by an angry young boy, his friends all abandon him. The puppy wanders, sad and alone.

Towpath’s only hope comes from the kindness of a young stranger who helps him regain the magic, despite his stubby new tail. Soon we realize that Towpath’s magic was not in his tail after all, but in his heart.

Towpath’s Tail makes a wonderful addition to family reading hour for children five and above, as well as humane education programs with lessons in bullying and kindness to others. Complete with full-color, whimsical illustrations by artist Rhonda Van.

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Reboot Ranch

Written by Eileen Watkins

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Two years ago, Anna Loehmeyer’s marriage, job, and life fell apart when her husband was arrested for fraud. The experience devastated her, but Anna found new purpose when she rescued a mare bound for slaughter. After acquiring two more hard-luck equines and a small farm in western New Jersey, Anna decides to start her own horse-rescue operation.

The only person eager to help is her teenaged niece MJ, who is recovering from her own heartbreak—the death of her beloved father. Formerly a good student, MJ has become depressed and rebellious, even jeopardizing her chances to get into college. She persuades her mother to let her spend the summer at the rescue farm, because her Aunt Anna is “the only adult I know who’s doing anything meaningful.”

Soon the two women recognize a bond even beyond family ties—their mutual love of horses and desire to save them from abusive situations. Their greatest challenge could also be their best hope for an adoption success story—the farm’s newest resident, an ex-racehorse named Murphy. Almost put down for seriously injuring a jockey, the big gray loves to jump, even without a rider. But is he too dangerous for Anna and MJ to handle, much less to retrain for a new career?

For the sake of their horses, they both may have to swallow some stubborn pride, and learn how to ask for help.


The Wild Grass

Written by Graeme Brasher

When you are bred to be eaten, freedom is your only hope. 

Set on a farm on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Graeme Brasher’s The Wild Grass is the stirring tale of twin lambs’ attempts to escape their fate. The lambs live alongside the human family who own them and the wild animals who make their living on the periphery of the farm.

Sam had never liked the way the livestock on the farm were treated. She understood that the animals were her parents’ livelihood and that nothing much could be done about it; still, their fate troubled her. When her father herded them into the yards for drenching, tailing, or drafting, she mostly bit her lip and turned a blind-eye to the harshness of it all.

Feral cats and scavenger crows threaten, but it is the humans who care for them that pose the gravest threat. When flooding leads to plans for the early dispatch of the lambs to market, the twins are forced to recognize that their lives are at risk.

Each must now make choices that mean the difference between life and death. Sanctuary lies a long perilous journey away. Can the Untamed lead them to safety?

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The Sleepy Honey Bee

Written by Samantha K. Riggi
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

In a busy bee hive near a colorful meadow there lived a little honey bee named Mia.

Mia woke one morning still feeling tired; after all, the hive is a very busy—and very noisy—place. She yawned, and stretched, and wished she could climb back into her warm, honeycomb bed.

But nectar bees don’t sleep in; they have nectar to collect after all!

So Mia flew past the lush lavender, over the wildflowers and through the tall prairie grass that danced in the wind. She landed on some bright orange flowers for just a short rest . . . and closed her eyes . . .

Soon Mia was not alone. Who joined the little honey bee for a summer’s nap in her orange flower bed? Find out in The Sleepy Honey Bee, a wonderfully colorful read for ages 6 and up. Complete with a short lesson on the Earth’s bee population and how we can help them.

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Sergeant Pepper and Mister Paws

Written by Al Riney

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Private Rick Santos and the little cat who befriended him—Sergeant Pepper—are now famous war heroes: battle buddies wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart together. In foreign territory, they survived mortar fire and enemy insurgents. In domestic territory, they endured hospitals and therapy centers.

Now they’ll face their greatest challenge yet: civilian life.

When Rick is sent to a special facility for intensive post-traumatic stress therapy, he trusts his Uncle Ernest Gonzales in Florida with Sergeant Pepper’s care. In the foreign world of Hummingbird Circle, Sergeant Pepper encounters a clutter of six cats managed by the mild-mannered Mister Paws, the polydactyl pal of Uncle Ernest.

These lazy, quirky, and undisciplined house cats thoroughly annoy the disciplined Sergeant Pepper. With her army mindset, she feels like a square peg jammed into a round hole.

War’s long tendrils soon reach into the cushy, relaxed existence found at Uncle Ernest’s home. When a gang of tough street cats and a vicious attack dog named Killer disrupt the peace of Hummingbird Circle, the army cat sees it as her duty to assist Mister Paws in overcoming the insurgency.

Only this time, Sergeant Pepper faces an unexpected threat. She discovers something worse than enemy insurgents . . . her own deeply-hidden PTSD. Can she overcome her own demons to save those in her charge? Will she ever be reunited with her best friend Rick? Find out in Sergeant Pepper and Mister Paws, a wonderful new read for ages 10 and up.


Sigils & Secrets: Black Magick Book 1

Written by Whitney Metz

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Ben has a high-paying job, a great apartment and, most importantly, he has Carrie. She’s fun, beautiful, a bit eccentric—and has a fascination with the occult.

Ben thinks it’s harmless.

Then one night during an attempt to contact the spirit world, Carrie disappears. Now Ben must find a way to navigate a world that he never believed existed in order to save the woman he loves from something he doesn’t understand.

Maybe he didn’t know Carrie nearly as well as he thought.

To make matters worse, Ben’s encounter with the supernatural has left him with a mysterious infection ravaging his body and deteriorating his mind.

Sigils & Secrets is the first in the Black Magick Series—a series about the world behind the one we see every day, the importance of the connections we all share with each other and with the Earth, and the search for our true paths.


Coyote Summer

Written by Laura Koerber

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What happens when a rape is dismissed by those with power and control?

Ben O’Rourke, his best friend Clint, and their classmate Claire were supposed to grow up to be wealthy, prominent people like their parents. They were private school kids, raised in the belief that they were obliged to turn expensive educations into prestigious positions in society. Actually, more than that. They were entitled to prestigious positions—at the top.

Clint had done that by winning his dad’s seat in Congress. Benny didn’t know anything about Claire, except she’d never married and she still lived in Camden. Right there in Clint’s district.

Ben was nervous. His voice had to reach across the Rocky Mountains, across the Great Plains, and all the way to Wisconsin. And it had to reach across nearly forty years and who-knows-what changes and pain as well. Did it mean anything that Claire never got married? Girls who went to Saint Anne’s were brought up to get married.

As the phone rang, Ben’s memory returned to the past…and the two girls who’d rerouted his life the summer before college. An assault on Claire right after their high school graduation had led Ben to struggle with right, wrong, and his place in society; while his first love, Puppy, taught him there was much more to life than a prep school upbringing…maybe even things that floated beyond the realm of human understanding.


If Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture, 2nd. Ed.

Written by Heather Leughmyer

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If Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture, 2nd Edition, is an intensely moving and powerful collection of 28 verses written by Heather Leughmyer and paired with striking photographic images from Vanessa Sarges.

The poems included in this book were inspired by animals, people and events the author encountered in her activism for animals. Although she has been deeply disturbed by the magnitude of human cruelty toward these innocent beings, she has been just as deeply touched by the people who have bravely protested these injustices and who work relentlessly to make this world a kinder place. These are her heroes; the rebels, the bunny-huggers, those with the largest hearts and the softest souls. These poems honor them and the animals they serve.


Lop-Eared Lily

Written by Rhonda Lucas Donald
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

Lily’s ears don’t mind the rules.
One’s up; the other’s down.
She looks a little cockeyed,
But never wears a frown.

Lop-Eared Lily is a little dog with mismatched ears and a penchant for licking. Bound along with her on a day full of ducks and bees and people’s knees—and Frisbee catching, too.

Life wasn’t always sunny for Lily. She had been abandoned and neglected, but found the perfect home with a family who loves her—licks, flip-flop ears, and all!

Written by award-winning children’s author Rhonda Lucas Donald and whimsically illustrated by Rhonda Van, Lop-Eared Lily is perfect for early readers from age 4 and up. The book works great in the classroom and as part of humane education efforts, too.

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From our WCY Humane Press Imprint

Humane Education in Higher Education

Now Available! Great for College Classrooms

Humane Education in Higher Education: Advancing Inclusive Social Justice Studies in a Postsecondary Environment

Edited by Stephanie Itle-Clark

The realm of higher education is designed to disseminate knowledge. The content area is easy to define, but what is being taught related to inclusive social justice and the streaming spectrum of human, non-human, and environmental interactions? Moral intelligence and compassion are shaped by many social dynamics, and in countless ways the postsecondary educational system has a chance to incorporate inclusive prosocial development into instructional concepts as well as the overarching campus systems. Discover how faculty and staff working in higher education institutions can push beyond the degree-specific cognitive skills and encourage compassion so that learners experience social and emotional growth.

Humane Education in Higher Education: Advancing Inclusive Social Justice Studies in a Postsecondary Environment features contributions by twelve scholars of the humane and prosocial movements. The book puts forth the primary concept that “A truly humane education revolves around inclusive social justice and supports personal development of ‘critical thinking, problem solving, perspective-taking, and empathy as it relates to people, animals, the planet, and the intersections among them,’” according to editor Stephanie Itle-Clark. 

The volume aims to bring truly inclusive humane pedagogy into the realm of higher education to effectively address teaching intersectionality of social justice issues.

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Lucy the Duct Tape Warrior

Lucy the Duct Tape Warrior

By Samantha K. Riggi
Illustrated by Todd Myzia

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Lucy is a mighty girl who loves climbing trees, hopping in mud puddles, and playing make believe. She is fierce, determined, and not afraid to get dirty. All of that seems to be working out just fine, until the day her school suddenly changes the dress code policy! How is a fierce warrior supposed to battle beasts and forge raging rivers wearing a dress?

What will Lucy do to stay true to who she is without breaking the dress code? Find out in Lucy the Duct Tape Warrior, written by Samantha K. Riggi, with colorful and engaging illustrations by Todd Myzia.

Jack O’Lantern:
Life Cycle Series Book 3

Laura W. Eckroat
Illustrated by Greg White

“I wasn’t always a brilliant orange with a hint of yellow, a globe with a perfectly curved stem. I came from very humble beginnings.

“My first memory was of a man named John, walking through a field whistling and gently placing a small part of me into the cool, damp earth. In fact, he planted hundreds just like me into the soil, and we disappeared, leaving the field looking barren. We waited and waited for the right time to reappear. Then it happened…!”

Follow Jack O’Lantern on his journey from tiny seed to big and beautiful orange pumpkin. See the world through the “eyes” of Jack as he grows and finally leaves the pumpkin patch for his own adventure. The Life Cycle Series books, including The Life of Bud and Daisy, are engaging tools for classroom or individual reading, and perfect for ages 8 and up. Includes a fun lesson for home or school, too!

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It’s a Great Day to Celebrate with True Stories about Overcoming…Check Out These Selections from WCY Books

Today Joseph R. Biden was declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election, and is therefore slated to become our 46th president. For most of us who work so tirelessly for stronger rights for our animal friends, the environment, and humans of all creeds and colors, this development is widely hailed as a positive.

In fact, people are celebrating in the streets of our cities, and one can almost feel the lightening of a national darkness.

When fighting for the animals, activists often find themselves on the wrong side of the law, while animal abusers continue the abuse with impunity. Who Chains You Books brings you two true tales of these very struggles, and highlights the work rescuers and activists must take on, often behind the scenes, in order to carry out their mission for the animals.

Today is a great day to celebrate by choosing a story of overcoming on behalf of the animals and those who fight for them!

When dog activist Tamira Thayne and her nonprofit purchased Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound and set out to transform it to a dog rescue facility, it was widely seen as a fitting end for something heinous and unthinkable.

Yet, little did Tamira know the challenges were just beginning, as she ran headlong into the very corruption that made the county a perfect choice to house Vick’s operation.

It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups is available in paperback, hardcover, audiobook, and kindle; you can even purchase autographed copies, a great holiday gift for the dog lover in your life. Find all your choices at this link: http://whochainsyou.com/wtd.html

A dog rescuer in Forks Washington positions himself as a hero for the animals, even traveling the country to gather more dogs for his nonprofit. But the ugly truth eventually surfaces, and—facing threats of lawsuits—law enforcement fails to protect the animals. It’s left up to various groups of animal rescues and activists, working in tandem, to bring the facts to the surface and find a way to win the day for these suffering dogs.

I Once Was Lost: Daisy and the Olympic Animal Sanctuary Rescue is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook. Find links here: https://www.amazon.com/Once-Was-Lost-But-Found/dp/194604413X/

We hope you’re celebrating with us today. The animals need us, and a government who sees kindness as a positive trait is a great first step toward gaining their freedom.

Can Special-Needs Pitbull Cassius Find a Way Out of the Shelter in “Different is Beautiful”?

Different is Beautiful

Different is Beautiful

Written by Penelope Lagos
Illustrated by Charles Berton

Cassius, an eight-year-old pitbull, has been stuck in the shelter for quite some time. It becomes his mission to rally all the other “special needs” animals together to change adopters’ minds and find loving homes for himself and his friends.

This time, the Paws ‘n Claws Adoption Day turns into a life lesson for all. Cassius keeps his friends positive and their heads held high, proving that looking different is not a bad thing—in fact, being yourself is the best way to be.

Different is Beautiful is a heart-warming story for children ages 7 and up that helps them accept people who may not look the same as they do. Author Penelope Lagos also offers ten helpful tips parents can use to educate children about overcoming bias.

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About the Author

Penelope Lagos, a New Jersey native, graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Communications and Theatre Arts. Penelope is an avid animal advocate and strongly believes in being “a voice for the voiceless.” She holds certifications in Canine Fitness and Conditioning as well as Advanced Pet CPR/First Aid. She is the recipient of the Reader’s Favorite 5 star award for her first children’s book entitled I Miss My Best Friend, which deals with the grief of losing a pet. When Penelope is not spending time with her own furry friends, she is acting in indie films and commercials as well as volunteering at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Penelope is the recipient of the LLS Achievement Award for her dedication in fundraising events. Find her online at penelopelagos.com.

About the Illustrator

Charles Berton is the illustrator of a wide array of children’s books, as well as many book covers, posters and anything on or in which one can have illustrations. He had a natural inclination to draw from the age of five. As an adult, he was trained and certified in web and graphic design. He raised a family on Long Island where he was also born and raised, and where he continues to live and work today. Feel free to visit CharlesBerton.com and see many samples of his work and philosophy.

New, Expanded Edition Hardcover Showcases What Became of Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound

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New, Expanded Edition Hardcover
Showcases What Became of
Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound

Publisher Expands Author Tamira Thayne’s “It Went to the Dogs:
How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups”

August 5, 2020 • Amissville VA

When chained-dog activist Tamira Thayne and her nonprofit purchased Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound and set about transforming it to a rescue facility, she had no idea what she was walking into.

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The decision 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.

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The four black sheds where Michael Vick’s dogs trained and lost their lives still stand today, serving as a stark and brutal reminder of the world of dogfighting.

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What Thayne remembers about her 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.”

Thayne believed—and still believes—that giving the property where dogs were victimized back to the dogs is a nod toward the just recompense “Man’s Best Friend” deserves.

The book highlights the steps taken by the group as they moved toward their goal, including obstacles and happy ending rescue stories. This new, expanded hardcover edition features over 230 black and white photos and documents from the author’s four years on the ground at the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs in Smithfield, Virginia.

Said staffer Julie Sayre, “It’s not often that a job can change your entire life. I’ve never had a more meaningful, life-changing opportunity. The work I accomplished at DDB is truly something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

The book is now available in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover, and Audiobook!

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(15 Extra Pages of Photos), June 2020

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We’re currently selling autographed paperback copies direct from our site, for just $16.97 plus $3.00 shipping to the U.S.

Hardcover: 338 pages
Publisher: Who Chains You Publishing; Expanded edition (June 2, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1946044776
ISBN-13: 978-1946044778
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

tamijewelonyxloTamira Thayne is the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better. She’s the author or editor of 15 books, including It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups. She is currently the publisher and founder of Who Chains You Books, whochainsyou.com.

www.tamirathayne.cominfo@whochainsyou.com

Week 5, 10 Books for Animal Lovers, $.99 Each, Save $2.98 Per Book

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Can You Believe Most of Us Have Been in Lockdown for at Least Five Weeks Now? Crazy!

We hope you’re managing in these very difficult times.

To help, we’re currently making 10 of our books per week JUST $.99 Each in eBook format! You Save $2.98 Per Book.

We know even if you’re home and the bills are covered, it’s a scary time. The virus is reaching out into our communities, and making life difficult for everyone.

The authors at Who Chains You Books want to make our books accessible to ALL during this time. The best way for us to do that is to offer them in eBook format at the minimum kindle price allowable:

That’s Right. JUST $.99 EACH!

Rest assured, you don’t need a kindle device to read our books in kindle. All you need is a smartphone OR the tablet of your choice, including the iPad. Just download the free kindle app from your app store, use your normal Amazon login in, and you’re all set up and ready to go! Then you can choose any of our 10 weekly selections from the links below (or ALL of them), and your titles will be sent right to your kindle app reading library on your device.

We wish you all the very best during this time. We hope you’ll enjoy our books, and get to know some of our authors. Reach out to them through their social media, and drop them a review on Amazon. Your reviews help our authors reach a wider audience. Be safe, we’re thinking of you.

This Week’s selection Includes books for all ages, from pre-school on up. Choose from the below titles:

honeybeecover20loThe Sleepy Honey Bee

By Samantha K. Riggi

Illustrated by Rhonda Van

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Mia woke one morning still feeling tired; after all, the hive is a very busy—and very noisy—place. She yawned, and stretched, and wished she could climb back into her warm, honeycomb bed. But nectar bees don’t sleep in; they have nectar to collect after all…


coyotesummercover20lodropCoyote Summer

By Laura Koerber

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The “summer of magic” was forty years ago when Ben was just seventeen—but he’s never forgotten.

It started with rape and ended with a promise, and in between there were things that Ben still doesn’t understand.

A man turned into a coyote, a girl danced in the air, Ben broke the law, and he fell in love for the first time…


papaspumpkincover-lodropPapa’s Pumpkin (from our Crescent Renewal Imprint)

By Sandra Biersdorfer

Illustrated by Nikki Cooper

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Kylee Rain’s Nana and Papa live with them in a big old house on a farm in the country, where she gets to cuddle with her grey kitty Purrlock Holmes and explore their HUGE vegetable garden with its extra large pumpkin patch…


ufocover19lo-dropThe Case of the Mysterious UFO

Written by Ronnell Jackson

Illustrated by Brynahka Vaettir

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What was that, a meteor? Some kind of aircraft?

As two 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.


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By Heather Leughmyer

Illustrated by April Pedersen

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In a shelter Adele lingered in a cage made of glass, where she patiently waited as people walked past. With delicate ears she listened each day, to the mewing of kittens and puppies at play. Dogs were adopted, people cooed over cats. Even hamsters found homes; why not a nice rat?


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Written by Tamira Thayne

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Baylee jumped out of bed, momentarily forgetting about her father slumbering in the chair next to her. Her heart gave a tug at his presence, but this was no time for sentimentality. She couldn’t afford to be sidetracked from her vision—the vision that told her they needed to get to New York City, and fast.

Because she knew where the Akita they’d seen on screen yesterday, her father’s second in command, was chained…


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Written by Laura W. Eckroat

Illustrated by Greg White

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There once was a bright blue house, with a slippery slate roof and a creaky crooked porch, that sat to the left of the fork in the road. The porch was a peaceful gathering place, and the man who lived there often sat and enjoyed the view and the humans and animals who so often stopped by.

A small, injured brown squirrel sat motionless just a few feet away…


spittencover19-lodropSpittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away

By Tamira Thayne

Illustrated by C.A. Wulff

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The little orange kitten stopped and scratched his neck. “Fleas,” he mumbled to himself; he could feel the bugs wandering around in his fur, stopping for a bite every now and again. Yuk! He was hungry, too, but he knew his mother was struggling to feed him and his four siblings.

 Spittin’ plopped himself down in their nest beside the barn.

Had the humans simply forgotten to put food out?…


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By Stephanie Itle-Clark

Illustrated by Rhonda Van

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Meet tiny Tiffany and her big personality in this touching story of compassion, determination, and triumph. Readers will discover the dark and dank place (a puppy mill) where Tiffany began her life, and experience her rescue and hope for a brighter tomorrow.


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Written and Illustrated by April Pedersen

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Slow Moe was born into a place no snail wanted to be.

 Nobody noticed the egg hatching; the youngster stretched and looked around, feeling small and all alone.

He was greeted by row upon row of snails just like him, as far as the tiny eye could see…

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Week 4: 10 More Books for Animal Lovers, just $.99 in E-Book

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How is Everyone this Week?
You doing ok?

Our authors report that they are hanging in there, and hopefully they are writing more great books, too.

We’re currently offering 10 Books Per Week
at only $.99 Each in eBook format!

We know even if you’re home and the bills are covered, it’s a scary time. The virus is reaching out into our communities, and making life difficult for everyone.

The authors at Who Chains You Books want to make our books accessible to ALL during this time. The best way for us to do that is to offer them in eBook format at the minimum kindle price allowable:

JUST $.99 EACH
a Savings of at least $2.98 per Book!

Rest assured, you don’t need a kindle device to read our books in kindle. All you need is a smartphone OR the tablet of your choice, including the iPad. Just download the free kindle app from your app store, use your normal Amazon login in, and you’re all set up and ready to go! Then you can choose any of our 10 weekly selections from the links below (or ALL of them), and your titles will be sent right to your kindle app reading library on your device.

We wish you all the very best during this scary time. We hope you’ll enjoy our books, and get to know some of our authors. Reach out to them through their social media, and drop them a review on Amazon. Your reviews help our authors reach a wider audience.

Be safe, we’re thinking of you.

This Week’s selection includes books for all ages, from pre-school on up. Choose from the below titles:

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By Whitney Metz

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Sigils & Secrets is the first in the Black Magick Series—a series about the world behind the one we see every day, the importance of the connections we all share with each other and with the Earth, and the search for our true paths.


puddlescoverpuppy16webThe Puppy Who Left Puddles on the Floor

By Lorena Estep

Illustrated by Tamira Thayne

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Chance has a little problem with leaving “puddles on the floor.” Without the proper training, he ends up in a horrible place—stuck at the end of a chain.

A twist of fate sets him free to seek a better life. Will Chance finally find the loving inside home and family he deserves?


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By Al Riney

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Private Rick Santos and the little cat who befriended him—Sergeant Pepper—are now famous war heroes: battle buddies wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart together. Now they’ll face their greatest challenge yet: civilian life. Can Pepper overcome her own demons to save neighborhood cats? Find out in Sergeant Pepper and Mister Paws, a wonderful new read for ages 10 and up.


doggieherocover-loA Doggie Hero is Born

Written & Illustrated by Rocky Shepheard

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Romp through the wilds on a good old-fashioned adventure with pals Worthless, Sly Fox, and Otto. Worthless remains chained to his rickety old doghouse yet longs to be free and loved. His best friends find a way to break his chains, and their quest for a new home takes off. Will they win the love they are searching for, and just maybe a new name for Worthless?


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By Cheryl Kwasigroch

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What does it involve to do rescue work with cats, or just be a caring cat adopter? In these 19 short yet heartwarming stories, different cats as well as the people in their lives struggle to understand one another.

Many people would like to foster but don’t understand the commitment it involves—it’s not often simply a matter of playing with a cute kitten. Are you up for the challenge?


squeakcoverlo-dropSqueak the Squirrel

Written & Illustrated by Rhonda Van

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| Buy Audiobook

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!” …


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Written by Laura Koerber

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From Booklife (Publisher’s Weekly): “Koerber weaves a slow, captivating exploration of life, death, and the place of kindness and forgiveness in the salvation of the spirit.”

From a reader:
”This is a book to read when you want to get away from the noise and anger of current events and politics. Somehow I felt lighter at the end of the book even though I would have liked it to continue on.”


raffycover19loRaffy Calfy’s Rescue

By Tamira Thayne

Illustrated by C.A. Wulff

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The calf plopped to the ground, looking as grumpy as she felt. She had energy to spare, but nowhere to run and no one to play with. She was trapped! Suddenly there was a commotion in the barn, and a loud braying sent her scurrying under her mother, cowering and shaking. “What’s that noise?” The sound grew louder. Raffy peered through a gap in the wooden fence and saw a huge brown beast, with shiny fur and black trimmings on his feet and face…


ouzocover19lo-dropOuzo the Greek: A Year in the Life of a Greek Rescue Dog

By Lisa Edwards

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After being hit by a car and left for dead on the streets of Greece, I was rescued by my heroine and first love, Ermioni. My guardian angel continued to look out for me and share my story on social media all around the world, until one day I found my very own Mama and Papa, in little old England.

 And this is where my story begins…


courageousconnercover18lo-dropCourageous Conner

By Heather Leughmyer
Illustrated by April Pedersen

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Little Conner was born on the 3rd day of June, to a proud mama cow, one warm afternoon. His mom gently cleaned him, as a good mother would, then he wiggled and wobbled, until finally he stood.

She gave him soft kisses on his velvety head, then faintly he mooed; Conner now needed fed. He found mama’s milk; it was pleasingly sweet. When his tummy was full, he took a nap at her feet…

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for Animal Lovers? Click here.

Special Pricing on It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups through May 31st! Just $2.99 in Kindle. Find all your options here: http://www.whochainsyou.com/wtd.html

Week 3: 10 Books for Animal Lovers, Just $.99 in E-Book!

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It’s Getting Real This Week…We Hope you are Staying Safe, Healthy, and Inside

Tired of TV Yet? We’re offering 10 Books Per Week at only $.99 Each in eBook format!

We can’t stay away from the news right now…every day we have to check the figures, see how many more cases. The virus is reaching out into our communities, and making life very sad and scary for us all. How are you handing it?

The authors at Who Chains You Books want to make our books accessible to ALL during this time. The best way for us to do that is to offer them in eBook format at the minimum kindle price allowable:

JUST $.99 EACH, for Seven Days!
You Save $2.98 Per Book,
for a Total Savings of $29.80

Rest assured, you don’t need a kindle device to read our books in kindle. All you need is a smartphone OR the tablet of your choice, including the iPad. Just download the free kindle app from your app store, use your normal Amazon login in, and you’re all set up and ready to go! Then you can choose any of our 10 weekly selections from the links below (or ALL of them), and your titles will be sent right to your kindle app reading library on your device.

We wish you all the very best during this scary time. We hope you’ll enjoy our books, and get to know some of our authors. Reach out to them through their social media, and drop them a review on Amazon. Your reviews help our authors reach a wider audience. Be safe, we’re thinking of you.

This Week’s selection Includes books for all ages, from pre-school on up. Choose from the below titles:

capitolbookcover16loCapitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues

By Tamira Thayne

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In August 2010, one woman carried a doghouse to the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building and chained herself to it, seeking passage of a law protecting dogs from life at the end of a chain.

Not knowing if she’d be arrested, ignored, or ridiculed, she set aside her fears and acted on behalf of the voiceless: dogs—the most social of beings—whose needs have been overlooked by those with the power to create chain-ge for their future.


dandelioncover18lo-dropDandelion’s Dream

By Heather Leughmyer

Illustrated by April Pedersen

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Sweet little Dandelion lived all alone; her bed was a barrel, her companion, a bone. The soft green grass had been slowly replaced; leaving dirt behind in the path that she paced…


hachicover19lo-dropHachi & Friends

By Anastasia Ormeron

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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?

 (Sorry, the $.99 pricing only works in the U.S….we can’t change it.)


ASimplerTimeCoverlo-dropA Simpler Time (from our Crescent Renewal Imprint)

By Laura Eckroat

Illustrated by Greg White

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Join A.J. as she discovers a summer of fun with her mom. The phones stay home while mother and daughter go on simple adventures—discovering four leaf clovers, animals in the clouds, and lightning bugs in a starlit sky. A Simpler Time is a exceptional tale to share with children age 7 through pre-teen, and will inspire you too to find some simpler moments during your next family gathering.


MoreRScover18lo-dropMore Rescue Smiles: Best-Loved Animal Tales of Resilience & Redemption

Edited By Tamira Thayne

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In our second rescue story compilation, Who Chains You Books is pleased to share a glimpse into the emotional lives of animal rescuers and the living beings they hold close. Join us for another helping of heartwarming anecdotes, as Clancy triumphs, Tallulah escapes, Alex survives, and a host of other animals steal our hearts.


nanascover18lo-dropNana’s Banana (A Crescent Renewal Imprint)

By Sandra Biersdorfer

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Join us in this juicy adventure with Sully and Nana, and guess how many different fruits Sully can name. Which endearing fruit does Nana pick just for him? Find out in this laugh-out-loud silly, funny, full-of-alliteration, rhyming game that ends with a heartfelt poem sure to bring a tear to any Nana’s eyes.


eclipsedancerlo-dropThe Eclipse Dancer

Written by Laura Koerber

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“Beautifully written and compellingly presented, The Eclipse Dancer is a winning celebration of life, death, and universal connections in the face of alienation and fear.”—Diane Donovan, Donovan’s Shelf, Midwest Book Review


bravoscoverlo-dropBravo’s Freedom

By Samantha K. Riggi

Illustrated by April Pedersen

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In Bravo’s Freedom, fifteen year old Gabriel is chosen by his village to travel to Old Guinea, where he must face the rulers to stop them from destroying the planet. With the impacts of global warming in full effect, Gabriel leaves his village with evidence that there is still time to reverse the damage and repair the planet. Will the rulers of Old Guinea listen to what Gabriel has to say, or will Gabriel and his new friend Bravo get locked away forever?


unchainmyheartloUnchain My Heart: Dogs Deserve Better Rescue Stories of Courage, Compassion, and Caring

Edited by Tamira Thayne and Dawn Ashby

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This book is no longer available in paperback, and is solely on kindle. Featuring rescue stories of chained dogs from the years that Dogs Deserve Better was led by founder Tamira Thayne. All Happy Endings, from the front lines of chained dog rescue!


tailchristmasescover-lodropA Tail of Two Christmases

By Darla Purgason

Illustrated by April Pedersen

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What gift can a rescue kitty like Mambo give to the angel who brought him in from the cold? Find out in this delightfully-rhyming children’s tale about a prancing kitten, his friend Clancy the dog, and the animal lover who shared her all with them.

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10 Books, Only $.99 Each, Week One of 8! Grab ‘Em All Today

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WCY is Making our eBooks Ultra Affordable During this Time of COVID-19 Coronavirus “Social Distancing”

We’re offering 10 Books Per Week
at only $.99 Each in eBook format!

We know you’re nervous about what the next 8 weeks will bring…so are we. Many of us will get sick, and those of us who don’t may still be quarantined at home due to illness in the household or work constraints.

The authors at Who Chains You Books want to make our books accessible to ALL during this time. The best way for us to do that is to offer them in eBook format at the minimum kindle price allowable:

JUST $.99 EACH!

Rest assured, you don’t need a kindle device to read our books in kindle. All you need is a smartphone OR the tablet of your choice, including the iPad. Just download the free kindle app from your app store, use your normal Amazon login in, and you’re all set up and ready to go! Then you can choose any of our 10 weekly selections from the links below (or ALL of them), and your titles will be sent right to your kindle app reading library on your device.

We wish you all the very best during this scary time. We hope you’ll enjoy our books, and get to know some of our authors. Reach out to them through their social media, and drop them a review on Amazon. Your reviews help our authors reach a wider audience. Be safe, we’re thinking of you.

This Week’s selection Includes books for all ages, from pre-school on up. Choose from the below titles:

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Rehoming Love: Tail Thumping Adventures of Happily Adopted Canines

By Kate J. Kuligowski

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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.


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The Dog Thief and Other Stories

By Laura Koerber, writing as Jill Kearney

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Kirkus Reviews: “one of the best indie books of 2015.”

Author Jill Kearney writes stories drawn from her experiences as an in-home care provider and a dog rescuer in the impoverished rural southwestern corner of Washington state. “I began writing almost as a compulsion,” she said. “I met people and animals and got into situations that just demanded to be described in story form.”


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Went Out to Get a Donut—Came Home With a Muffin

By Laura W. Eckroat

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Went Out to Get a Donut—Came Home With a Muffin is a happy-go-lucky, singalong story of adopting a pup named Muffin. The colorful illustrations by Greg White perfectly complement a wonderful tale that will engage our smallest readers while teaching love for our companion animals. Suitable for kids aged pre-school and up.


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Oliver’s BIG Problem
Farm Tales Series: Oliver & Friends

By Stephanie Itle-Clark
Illustrated by Jessie Miller

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Oliver is one happy pig with a big personality! He loves his home, his friends, and the healthy food and exercise he gets at the farm. But Oliver did not always live on the farm. His first home was far too small!


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Blessings from My Cats: How I Discovered the Boundless Joy of Caring for Wild and Domestic Strays

By Janet S. Dumas

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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.


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Elyse’s Escape
Kindness to Animals Series Vol. 5

By Heather Leughmyer
Illustrated by April Pedersen

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| Buy Audiobook

Under the big top, Elyse was born; from birth she was trained to obey. She would travel the country, perform for the crowds, but never got to play. Her costumes were extravagant; she wore feathers on her head. But she didn’t have a family, or a warm and cozy bed…


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Honey’s Second Chance

By Brandy Herr
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Honey, a beautiful golden retriever, had fallen on hard times. She spent all her days and all her nights tied to a tree in the backyard. But everything changed the day her guardian discovered her collar had cut into her neck, forcing him to make a decision about how much she actually meant to him…


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The Returned: Chewy’s Story, Book One

Written by Samantha K. Riggi

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Anna and Molly had been best friends since second grade, and now the two girls ran a blog and podcast called The Returned, which helps returned shelter dogs find new, loving homes and families.

With three successful adoptions under their belts, the girls are preparing for their next adoption mission. When Chewy, a yellow labrador, is dropped at the shelter, Anna and Molly become determined to find her a happily-ever-after of her very own…


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Fiona Finds Love

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By Rhonda Lucas Donald
Illustrated by Erin Nielson

They call me the trash cat. But my name is Fiona.

That’s what my family used to call me before they moved away. “She’ll be fine,” they said. “She’s a cat, after all.”

Now I’m on my own.


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Foster Doggie Insanity:
Tips and Tales to Keep your Kool as a Doggie Foster Parent

By Tamira Thayne

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Have you ever fostered a dog—happy to make a difference—but wondered why you felt frustrated and alone in your experience? Do you want to foster a dog, but don’t know where to start, how to prepare, and what to expect? Have you experienced burnout or compassion fatigue in your rescue experience? If so, this is the book for you. Described as “an embrace from a friend who understands what we all go through; it is a beacon of hope to let other rescuers know they are not alone—a must-read for anyone involved in rescue.”


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WCY Books Met our Publishing Goal for 2019! How Many Animal-Related Titles Did We Publish?

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Who Chains You Books is proud to announce we’ll meet our “reach” goal for 2019, with the publication of 24 titles for the year! We’ve released: nine dog books, four cat books, two pig books, two squirrel books, one cow & horse book, one elephant book, and one chicken book (still to come.) We’ve also released two young adult-adult novels encompassing multiple animal issues, as well as two titles under our family & school imprint of Crescent Renewal Resource.

Our 2020 goal remains 24 titles, unless and until we can afford to hire more staff! We also have some more exciting news coming in 2020, so stay tuned for that, too. We are currently accepting submissions, but of animal-related titles ONLY. View our Submissions page here.

Remember, there’s still time to order for holiday gifts, too!

Recap of our 2019 Releases from WCY:

It Went to the Dogs

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

Written by Tamira Thayne

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

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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.

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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.

Buy in Paperback from Amazon
Buy on Kindle
Buy in hardcover direct from printer
Buy a Signed Paperback Copy

Rescuing Cats

In Rescuing Cats I Lost My Mind But Found My Soul

Written by Cheryl Kwasigroch

Cheryl Kwasigroch writes based on personal experience, and with a deep understanding of the feline mind—as well as the knowledge that a cat is a very special animal whose health and medical needs are quite different from those of other pets.

What does it involve to do rescue work with cats, or just be a caring cat adopter? In these 19 short yet heartwarming stories, different cats as well as the people in their lives struggle to understand one another.

Many people would like to foster but don’t understand the commitment it involves—it’s not often simply a matter of playing with a cute kitten. Are you up for the challenge?

And how do you know what your cat is trying to tell you? Can you read a cat’s body language—hint, a furiously wagging tail is not a welcome signal!

Some stories are told from the point of view of the felines, some from the point of view of the person involved in working with the cat. All include valuable information on the psyche and physical well-being of our purring friends.

Travel the feline world with these remarkable stories of inspirational cats. You may shed a tear along the way, but in the end we hope you will find yourself wanting to do more for our beautiful and often misunderstood companions.

Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle

The Case of the Mysterious UFO

The Case of the Mysterious UFO: The Adventures of Swift & Pete, Vol. 1

Written by Ronnell Jackson
Illustrated 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.

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Squeak the Squirrel

Squeak the Squirrel

Written & 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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Blessings from My Cats

Blessings from My Cats: How I Discovered the Boundless Joy of Caring for Wild and Domestic Strays

By Janet S. Dumas

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.

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.

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Rehoming Love

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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Harley Saves the Day

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.

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Oliver's Big Problem

Oliver’s BIG Problem
Farm Tales Series: Oliver & Friends

By Stephanie Itle-Clark
Illustrated by Jessie Miller

Oliver is one happy pig with a big personality! He loves his home, his friends, and the healthy food and exercise he gets at the farm. But Oliver did not always live on the farm. His first home was far too small!

Discover how he ended up at the farm and get to know Oliver in the first of the Farm Tales Series written just for early readers in grades Pre-K-2. The book text incorporates early sight words as well as discussion questions for parents and educators to support growth in critical thinking and empathy for others.

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Raffy Calfy's Rescue

Raffy Calfy’s Rescue
Animal Protector Series Vol. 3

By Tamira Thayne
Illustrated by C.A. Wulff

The calf plopped to the ground, looking as grumpy as she felt. She had energy to spare, but nowhere to run and no one to play with. She was trapped! Her mom let out an amused snort, and then licked her little snout clean.

Suddenly there was a commotion in the barn, and a loud braying sent her scurrying under her mother, cowering and shaking. “What’s that noise?” The sound grew louder. Raffy peered through a gap in the wooden fence and saw a huge brown beast, with shiny fur and black trimmings on his feet and face.

“It’s a horse, honey,” replied Momma. Here at the Lazy M Rodeo Company, stories were passed from pen to pen about how the horses helped the humans rope baby cows for “fun and entertainment”; but it sure wasn’t fun for the calves, or their mothers who lowed in frustration as their babies were pulled from their sides.

Over the next few days, Raffy Calfy, Momma Cow, and Serge the horse developed a friendship, even making up silly jokes and playing tricks on one another. Finally, the time came for Serge to tell Rhonda and Raffy all about the rodeo, and the dangers it held for cows and calves.

Was all hope lost? Would Raffy and Momma Cow ever make it to the meadow? Find out in Raffy Calfy’s Rescue, The Animal Protector Series Vol. 3. The book and the Animal Protector Series is perfect for ages 8 and up, and includes a vocab builder and lesson starter questions, too.

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One Eye

One Eye: A Squirrel’s Tale

By Laura W. Eckroat
Illustrated by Greg White

There once was a bright blue house, with a slippery slate roof and a creaky crooked porch, that sat to the left of the fork in the road. The porch was a peaceful gathering place, and the man who lived there often sat and enjoyed the view and the humans and animals who so often stopped by.

The man scattered peanuts and seeds on the porch for the animals, who looked forward to their tasty treats. One day, the man in the bright blue house, with the slippery slate room, and the creaky crooked porch was watching the current summer storm, when he realized he was no longer alone.

A small, injured brown squirrel sat motionless just a few feet away…

Would the man in the bright blue house be able to help the wounded little squirrel? Find out in One Eye: A Squirrel’s Tale, by author Laura W. Eckroat. Includes the story of the real-life One Eye and White Ears, PLUS a wildlife sample lesson that can be used along with the book by teachers and humane educators for grades 1-5.

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Wild Hare

Wild Hare

By Laura Koerber

“The world is coming to an end.”

I pushed the oil rags and cigarette butts off the seat of my friend Arne’s old pickup truck and climbed in. He threw the truck into gear, gunned the engine, and smirked. “What’s the point of being a fairy if you can’t wave a magic wand and get shit done?”

Yeah, I’m a fairy.

No, not that kind.

I’m half-human, half-forest spirit from the wild hare clan—what anthropologists call a trickster—and I live by the wild hare code of “feed, fight, fornicate”; except that’s using the nice word for it.

Maybe Arne had a point. Maybe I didn’t fight hard enough to better this world I so reluctantly belonged to. After all, my personal life was generally OK, so why get into a brawl about shit I couldn’t change?

What I didn’t know, as the ruined scenery brushed past, was that my personal life would soon go tits up too, and I’d get pushed into fighting in ways I’d never fought before. Lucky me.

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Elyse's Escape

Elyse’s Escape
Kindness to Animals Series Vol. 5

By Heather Leughmyer
Illustrated by April Pedersen

Under the big top, Elyse was born; from birth she was trained to obey. She would travel the country, perform for the crowds, but never got to play. Her costumes were extravagant; she wore feathers on her head. But she didn’t have a family, or a warm and cozy bed.

Each night Elyse would fall asleep exhausted and forlorn, wishing for the mom she hadn’t seen since she was born.

One evening when the crowds were gone and she was tethered for the night, Elyse noticed for the first time that her ropes were rather tight. She wasn’t quite the fragile baby that she used to be; she was stronger now, but could she break her binds and easily run free?

Find out in this lyrical rhyming story from author Heather Leughmyer, part of her Kindness to Animals Series. Perfect for ages 5 and up, and excellent for both humane education and library and family story time.

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The Curse of Cur

The Curse of Cur: The Chained Gods Series Book 2

By Tamira Thayne

An animal activist teenager continues her quest to save two dimensions in this sequel to The Wrath of Dog

Baylee jumped out of bed, momentarily forgetting about her father slumbering in the chair next to her. Her heart gave a tug at his presence, but this was no time for sentimentality.

She couldn’t afford to be sidetracked from her vision—the vision that told her they needed to get to New York City, and fast.

Because she knew where the Akita they’d seen on screen yesterday, her father’s second in command, was chained…

And her mother was not gonna be happy about it.

Baylee had been instrumental in freeing her father, the king of Perrin, mere days ago from his own 18-year captivity as a chained German shepherd. Now it was time for Baylee, her father, and Perrin’s remaining top generals to buck up. It was her mission, their collective mission, to find the chained warriors, unearth the remaining four keys, and rescue both Perrin and Earth from the grip of Phoebus, The Scion, and their legion of minions.

Easy peasy.

Baylee leaned heavily against the bathroom wall, toothbrush hanging from her mouth. Oh, who was she kidding.

The future looked daunting, indeed.

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Rocky's Story

The Returned: Rocky’s Story, Book Two

By Samantha K. Riggi

Anna and her best friend Molly run a blog and podcast called The Returned, helping returned shelter dogs find new, loving homes and families.

With four successful adoptions through their program, the girls discuss choosing their next dog to feature. Unbeknownst to Anna and Molly, their mission will find them—in the form of a chained dog named Rocky.

Rocky is a pit bull mix who is forgotten in the summer heat in an overgrown backyard next door to the town library. When the girls and their friend Erin stumble across Rocky and his dilemma, they are faced with moral and ethical decisions.

How can they free the dog from a bad situation and get him into a loving home?

In the meantime, they discover a local family has been living homeless, and they too are in need of assistance. Will Anna, Molly, and Erin find a way to work through the challenges to find a happy ending for both Rocky and a family in need? Find out in this second installment of The Returned: Rocky’s Story.

Perfect for ages 10 and up and grades 4-8, the series also makes an excellent humane education tool for nonprofits and humane educators.

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Fiona Finds Love

Fiona Finds Love

By Rhonda Lucas Donald
Illustrated by Erin Nielson

They call me the trash cat. But my name is Fiona.

That’s what my family used to call me before they moved away. “She’ll be fine,” they said. “She’s a cat, after all.”

Now I’m on my own.

Fiona is an abandoned cat trying to survive and feed her kittens. Like so many other felines, she faces the dangers of life outdoors on her own: speeding cars, sickness, parasites, hunger, and cold. Will she beat the odds and find a better life for herself and her babies?

Fiona Finds Love dispels the myth that cats can fend for themselves and ought to be outside. Cats deserve our love and care—and have so much of both to give back. The book is perfect for early readers from age 5 and up, and works great in the classroom and as part of humane education efforts, too.

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Hachi & Friends

Hachi and Friends

By Anastasia Ormeron
Illustrated by Chiara Intropido

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.

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Ouzo the Greek

Ouzo the Greek: A Year in
the Life of a Greek Rescue Dog

By Lisa Edwards

After being hit by a car and left for dead on the streets of Greece, I was rescued by my heroine and first love, Ermioni. With broken bones and open wounds so severe my flesh was beginning to rot, the only option was to amputate my leg.

Ermioni nursed me back to health and I lived for a time at the Diasozo Animal Rescue shelter. However, I was becoming depressed, as the healthier dogs were pushing me out of the way when there was food to be had.

My guardian angel continued to look out for me and share my story on social media all around the world, until one day I found my very own Mama and Papa, in little old England.

And this is where my story begins. . . .

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Clarabelle Comes Clean

Clarabelle Comes Clean

By Timothy J. Verret
Illustrated by April Pedersen

Clarabelle Pig was drinking from the school water fountain when Barrett Frog hopped in front of her, blocking her. He stood with Andrea Fox and Ferdinand Rabbit, all laughing.

“Pigs shouldn’t drink out of fountains!” said Barrett, leaping and chuckling.

“They’re too dirty,” Andrea said, wrapping her gorgeous tail around her neck.

“Oink, oink, stinky piggy!” chimed in Ferdinand, holding his whiskered nose.

Clarabelle shook her head and stomped off to her next class. “I’m so tired of those meanies saying pigs are muddy and smelly,” she thought. “I’m gonna prove them wrong, once and for all.”

Find out how Clarabelle stops the hurtful name-calling in its tracks in Clarabelle Comes Clean, a wonderful addition to humane education classwork and lessons in bullying and societal stereotyping. The book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and the illustrations keep the attention of younger students too in parental, library, and classroom read-alongs.

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Tiffany Rolls On

Tiffany Rolls On

By Stephanie Itle-Clark
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

Meet tiny Tiffany and her big personality in this touching story of compassion, determination, and triumph. Readers will discover the dark and dank place (a puppy mill) where Tiffany began her life, and experience her rescue and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Yet even after her rescue Tiffany struggles to play like the other dogs, due to her injuries and weak legs. With the help of her foster mom Ashley, Tiffany gains strength in both body and spirit while she waits for her adoptive family.

Tiffany discovers independence and positivity when she gets a wheelchair that allows her to run and play like the other dogs.

Tiffany Rolls On promotes perspective building and empathy for others, while also supporting conversations about both animal welfare and the fact that our commonalities outweigh our differences. Perfect for ages 4 and up, Tiffany’s story can be useful in a variety of humane-themed lessons, including discussions about disabilities, animal welfare, adoption, and companion animal care.

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Spittin' Kitten's Speed-Away

Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away
Animal Protector Series Vol. 2

By Tamira Thayne
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

The little orange kitten stopped and scratched his neck. “Fleas,” he mumbled to himself; he could feel the bugs wandering around in his fur, stopping for a bite every now and again. Yuk! He was hungry, too, but he knew his mother was struggling to feed him and his four siblings.

Spittin’ plopped himself down in their nest beside the barn. Had the humans simply forgotten to put food out? he wondered. Maybe he could be the one to remind them.

Spittin’ had never been around people before, but—pushing his fear aside—he bravely left the den in search of help. When he reached the other side of the barn, he jumped back in shock. In front of him splayed out a whole big world he’d never known existed!

Soon Spittin’ finds himself on an unexpected adventure—he flies through the air, scrambles for a hiding place, and even takes an unexpected ride in the engine of a car. Where will the little kitten end up, and will he get help for his family?

Find out in Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, perfect for ages 7 and up. The book also features vocab builders throughout the story, and excels as part of a humane education curriculum.

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The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam

The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam

By Dale Seddon

“I was born,” he began, “by a dumpster at noon,
In a broken down doghouse with only one room,
With only one window we used as a door,
With rats in the rafters and mud on the floor.”

Raised by a single parent, the outlaw collie Sam and his seven siblings run wild and free, feasting on castaway food in garbage cans and chasing after humans to scare them, all for the fun of it. Then one day disaster strikes. Sam and his brothers and sisters mistakenly frighten the wrong human. The Catchers arrive at the dilapidated doghouse in the middle of the night, guns in hand. Sam is wounded. But he manages to escape.

The next day, Sam is found by a Keeper, a kind human who takes the dog home and sets about training him.

“He healed my wound and he purchased a tag.
I trained to the collar and re-learned to wag.
It wasn’t all easy. Oh no, to be sure.
I yearned for the smell of the pack and the poor.
I longed for my snout in the wind and the fun,
For the thrill of the free in the rush of the run.
But slowly I learned that I had to obey.
The Keeper was mine if I wanted to stay.”

The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam is so far outside the box that it’s difficult to label as anything but absolutely unique. Part poem, part fantasy, part courtroom drama, and part—a very large part—the true story of the real outlaw collie Sam, a Heinz-57 variety mongrel dog whose life and adventures were the inspiration for the story.

The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam and its companion story about the real Sam are both captivating tales. The story of the trial itself is beautifully told. It bounces along in an almost musical fashion—especially when the narrative poem describing it is read aloud. It provides an intimate glimpse into how “guilt” or “innocence” is established for our animal friends.

And the story about the real outlaw collie Sam? Well, that is worth reading too, if for no other reason than to avoid making the same mistakes that the author did when Sam chose him to be his Keeper.

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The Moody Pencil

The Moody Pencil

Samantha K. Riggi
Illustrated by Richard Clark

Connor’s pencil has been acting out lately; in fact, he’s become especially moody!

When Pencil purposefully ruins Connor’s math paper AND his book about whale sharks, Connor tries to reason with him. Connor even apologizes for biting him on the butt and sharpening him roughly, but Pencil refuses to listen.

Soon Connor realizes that Pencil has run away. Will Pencil continue his life on the run? How will Connor get his work done without his friend Pencil?

Find out in this funny take on the daily grind of the school pencil. This full-color, comic-style book is perfect for ages 7 and up, and the back and forth letters between Connor and Pencil will engage even the reluctant reader.

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The Lost Tooth

The Never Ending Thank You

By Samantha K. Riggi
Illustrated by Niki Stage

“My birthday will be fantastically flawless!” Meghan declared from the center of the room she had just decorated with her mother.

Meghan was so excited for her birthday party that she had planned out every detail, including the thank you cards. After she hand delivers her thank yous to her friends, she’s surprised when her best friend Sidney writes a thank you card back.

“It’s beautiful,” Meghan said earnestly, though she was beginning to worry.

Meghan writes Sidney another card, but when Sidney writes back again, Meghan can’t help but wonder if thank you cards are ever supposed to end!

The Never Ending Thank You is simple and beautifully illustrated by artist Niki Stage, and yet presents a lesson that’s never too early to learn about the ins and outs of friendship and communication.

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

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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.