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.

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

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

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

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

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

Did you ever wonder how that came to be?

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

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

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From the Introduction:

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

The bullet hole in the front window went unnoticed.

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

Seemed pretty creepy to me.

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

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

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

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Now Available from Who Chains You Books!

Rehoming Love

Tail Thumping Adventures of Happily Adopted Canines

by Kate J. Kuligowski

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

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

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

About the Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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About the Author

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

About the Illustrator

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

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How Sprinkles the Rescue Akita Became a Book Cover Model

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Sprinkles the Akita (yes, he’s a male!) is a gorgeous representation of the breed, by any Akita lover’s standards. In fact, the moment author Tamira Thayne saw his picture on Akita rescuer JoAnn Dimon’s facebook page, she knew he’d be the perfect image of the warrior for her book protagonist to fight alongside—and maybe even fall in love with.

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You see, Tamira’s characters in The Chained Gods Series shapeshift into different animals, and the king’s warriors manifest as dogs in their shifted forms: “One by one they proudly stood as canines, quivering in an effort to contain their excitement: two more shepherds, an Akita, three retrievers, and two St. Bernards. They were a majestic group, the elite of the Perrin army.”—from The King’s Tether, a Chained Gods prequel story.

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Rosie Bear and the cat who loved her, Exhia

Akitas have long been the author’s favorite dog breed—since her years of rescuing chained dogs, in fact. Her first interaction with an Akita, a long-haired girl they named Rosie Bear, left her with a permanent affection for the loyal companions.

She knew she wanted to feature the breed in her Chained Gods Series.

She immediately wrote JoAnn and asked if she could use Sprinkles image on at least two of her covers (The Knight’s Chain and The Curse of Cur.)

In return, she shares a photo of Sprinkles and a paragraph about Big East Akita Rescue in the book’s interior pages, hoping to garner more support (and donations!) for the group:

“Sprinkles is the inspiration for Curjan’s dog form. Photo courtesy of JoAnn Dimon, Big East Akita Rescue. B.E.A.R. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, hands-on, Akita rescue group covering the NY, NJ, and PA metropolitan regions and the Northeast. The group rescues unwanted, abused, and neglected Akitas in need. This gorgeous boy was rescued from the Portage Ohio Animal Shelter. Learn more or donate at bigeastakitarescue.org.”

Sprinkles has been adopted by JoAnn, but there are many other beautiful pups at Big East Akita Rescue still waiting for a home of their own! For those interested in making an Akita part of your family, visit their adoption page here: https://bigeastakitarescue.org/available/

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The Curse of Cur:
The Chained Gods Series Book 2

By Tamira Thayne

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The Knight’s Chain:
A Chained Gods Series Story, Vol 1.5

Written by Tamira Thayne

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knightschaincoverlo-dropHere at Who Chains You Books, we hope to do a lot more collaborating with rescue groups for our cover models. We get a beautiful cover image, and a chance to promote the work of some of the finest animal nonprofits in the country. Win/Win!

As for Sprinkles and Big East Akita Rescue? Well, he’ll try not to let the fame go to his head. And the rescue will keep on doing their best to save as many as they can…and they could always use all of our help! We’re pledging to include them in our year-end donations, and Tamira is pledging her Amazon Smile donations to the group for the remainder of 2019, too.

Who Chains You

Did you know we sell wholesale to animal nonprofits? We know what it’s like to run a nonprofit and search for new and creative ways to raise money. Our nonprofit and indie bookstore wholesale program is perfect to help you both fundraise AND educate about animal issues at the same time. You are welcome to sell our paperbacks on your website, social media sites, at booths, as well as at any other fundraising opportunities. Visit our page to learn more, or drop us an email at info@whochainsyou.com with any questions.

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Three More Days to Get Your FREE Gift, Book 1 of The Returned Series, from WCY Books

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We’re Offering a FREE Gift
To All Our Readers For the Next THREE Days

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In celebration of the release of Book Two in The Returned series from author Samantha K. Riggi, the first book in the series, The Returned: Chewy’s Story, Book 1 (Winner of a Best Book Award from DWAA) is FREE in Kindle for the next THREE DAYS ONLY.

Remember, you don’t need to have a kindle to read kindle books: you can also read FREE in the kindle app on your phone or tablet, too.

Download Your Copy Today!
And Get Started on The Returned Series

Click here for your FREE gift

Not only that, but we’ve also made Samantha’s new release, The Returned: Rocky’s Story, Book Two, just $2.99 in Kindle for the next five days! (You Save $1.00.)

Yes, you can get BOTH BOOKS FOR JUST $2.99

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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.

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-49-5

About the Author

Samantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She’s the author of The Returned: Chewy’s Story, The Returned: Rocky’s Story, The Never Ending Thank You, Bravo’s Freedom, and Wesley Reece: Fourth Grade Hero.

Save $7-$25 on Gifts for Animal Lovers this Holiday Season!

Save $7-$25 on Gifts for Animal Lovers this Holiday Season!

We’ve created 12 GiftPaks that pass along Holiday Savings to You while bringing Joy to Your Little Corner of the World

We’re offering a limited number of Holiday Gifts Packs direct from the publisher to those who love animals or want that special gift for a loved one. Free Shipping to the U.S! Additional shipping required for international orders.

Gift Paks range from $19.97-$49.97, and you save anywhere from $7.00-$25.00 per pack.

Browse our Selections Today. Limited Quantities, While they Last.

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How HumaneEducator.com Uses WCY Children’s Books in Its Educational Programs

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Humane Educator Debbie Gladwin with “Slow Moe”, by April Pedersen

Who Chains You Books loves to feature humane educators using our books in their programs. We asked Debbie Gladwin, founder of HumaneEducator.com, about her work for the animals and children, and how she finds our books useful. Here’s what she told us:

As a Certified Humane Education Specialist, I am always on the hunt for books with a humane education theme. At HumaneEducator.com, we often use animal themed literature. There is a unique bond between young people and animals that helps us to communicate empathy, compassion and respect for other living beings.

In our Bella’s Backyard Buddies program, we use many of the books published by Who Chains You Publishing. Books like Happy Dog: From Chained to Cherished, Sloe Moe: A Snail Tale and Doodle Bugs Second Chance are a part or our literature curriculum. They are perfect for read-alouds and compassion circle discussions. We have created art projects, writing activities, puzzles and games…all based on these animal-themed books.

We’ve created a body of curriculum based in part on the books and use them in a variety of environments like classrooms, after school programs, and service learning projects. These books make it easy for us to create activities that meet state academic standards and can easily be blended into an existing curriculum.

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Debbie’s rescue pups waiting for their bedtime story!

They are also great for family time reading at home. I’ve been known to read these books to my own rescue dogs!

What I love about Who Chains You Books as part of our program is watching the faces of the audience of young people light up as they listen to the stories of compassion and caring. They want to help.

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We love that the heroes and heroines of these inspirational books are compassionate and respectful activists who are role models for the young people we teach. We also love that the stories are about all kinds of animals…dogs, cats, horses…but goats, pigs, rats, mice, snails and birds too!

At HumaneEducator.com, we strive to provide young people with opportunities to develop critical thinking skills that will help them to make informed lifestyle choices. We help them to understand critical issues like animal abuse in a way that will help them to see that they can be a part of the solution instead of the problem.

Located in central Oklahoma, our mission is to empower students to understand the effect that their actions have on other people, animals and the environment. We give them the tools and skills they’ll need to make responsible lifestyle choices. In addition, we provide parent/caregiver training that empowers them to help the children in their lives to live with kindness, empathy and compassion. We partner with schools and individual educators to enable them to incorporate humane education principles into their existing academic curriculum and school culture.

Currently, we have three projects—Bella’s Backyard Buddies is our humane education literacy program. HumaneEducator.com is our character education program and BullyCrisis.com is our program designed to empower kids to be upstanders against bullying.

When I am not creating curriculum, searching for new ideas or attending events, I love spending time with my husband and three rescue fur babies. Charlie and Bella are my two senior dogs and Catboy is my senior cat who were all rescued while we were living in Southern California. My personal life goal is to partner with people, especially children, to help them to discover their own skills and talents and how they can use them to live socially responsible lives.

If you are interested in further information about our humane education programs, please contact us at any one of our websites: HumanEducator.com, BellasBackyardBuddies.com or BullyCrisis.com.

—Debbie Gladwin, founder, humaneeducator.com

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P.S. We LOVE working with humane educators! We’ve created some amazing books—featuring animals and issues that haven’t been addressed elsewhere—but we partner with those doing the work in the field to bring the animals’ voices to the children. That’s why we always offer wholesale discounts for humane educators and nonprofits. Check out our program for humane educators here, http://whochainsyou.com/humane-ed.html, and drop us a line if you have other ideas for projects we can do together at info@whochainsyou.com.

 

New Release, A “Tail” of Two Christmases, Especially for Kitty Lovers!

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Now Available!
A Tail of Two Christmases

by Darla Purgason
Illustrated by April Pedersen

Twas the Eve before Christmas
And all through the condo
Not a soul was stirring,
But a kitten named Mambo.

He was prowling and meowing
And licking his fur.
He needed a present—
A gift from him to her.

See, Mambo was rescued
By this kind-hearted soul;
And he wanted to give back
To make his heart whole…

But 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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About the Author

darlaDarla Purgason is retired from a career in Washington, D.C., and keeps busy with cat rescue as well as caring for her own four beloved long-haired kitties. She enjoys vegetarian cooking, books on tape, and embroidery. She is the author of A “Tail” of Two Christmases, and a contributing author to More Rescue Smiles. Darla makes her home in Culpeper, Virginia, with her husband Paul.

About the Illustrator

aprilpedersenApril Pedersen is a freelance illustrator and author based in Reno, Nevada. She is partial to frogs, snails, video poker, science fiction, geocaching, and chess. April is the author and illustrator of Slow Moe, and the illustrator of A “Tail” of Two Christmases, Adopting Adele, Brave Benny, Bravo’s Freedom, Happy Dog Coloring Book, and Courageous Conner.

How About a Second Helping of Rescue Smiles? “More Rescue Smiles”, Out Today!

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Last Year’s Rescue Smiles Won “Best Book, Human Animal Bond”, from the Dog Writers Association of America.

Now You Can Get a Second Helping of Happy Ending Rescue Stories from Who Chains You Books.

Praise for the first dose of Rescue Smiles:

FIVE STARS. Rescue Smiles is a truly great, feel good book. The collection of short stories are all well done and pulled me right in. I really enjoyed hearing these various real-life tales about good-hearted people taking in and often saving animals in great need. Each story moves swiftly and they are all tightly written. Several times I was quite surprised at how deeply they moved me.

“These days it seems like there’s bad news everywhere. This book directly counteracts all that. It’s all good news. It gave me a lift just reading it. If you’re an animal lover, you will devour this book. I did and I’ve no doubt that I’ll read it again.”—Scott, July 29, 2018, Amazon.com

The heart of the animal rescue world lies in its stories—of freedom, of love, and of sacrifice by those who not only acknowledge but embrace the human-animal bond and its wondrous gifts.

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.

Through these stories, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the relationships between rescuers and not only dogs and cats, but horses, cows, pigs, birds, and even a ferret, in this delightful second installment of Rescue Smiles.

We hope you’re as captivated by the kinship between human and animal as we are. With contributions by: Darla Purgason, Heather Leughmyer, Laurie Lee, Sidney DuBois, Ron Smith, Brece Clark, Thalia Dunn, Stephen Plyler, Paul Ernest, Susan Hartland, Melody Whitworth, Rhi Banks, Johnna L. Seeton, Tamira Thayne, Joseph Horvath, C.A. Wulff, Liz Woloski, and Joe Maringo.

Celebrate the release of More Rescue Smiles with a special price on our kindle version of Rescue Smiles, now only $.99 in Kindle for the next five days! Grab it today at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Rescue-Smiles-Favorite-Stories-Liberation-ebook/dp/B074PNSZS5/

What’s in More Rescue Smiles? Remember Doogie?

doogielo3More Rescue Smiles editor Tamira Thayne tells Doogie’s story the way he might have told it, if he had the words to share it with us.

It’s a Don’t Miss Tale of the choices rescuers must make when faced with the unthinkable.

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How did Alex go from a rock to a hard place, and where is he now? Find out in More Rescue Smiles.

Who Rescued the Ferret, Kitten, Turtle, and Horses? It’s Our Little Secret, unless you pick up your own copy of More Rescue Smiles: Best-Loved Animal Tales of Resilience and Redemption. Out Now.

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