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No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs  [Library Binding]

Rob Laidlaw
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Nov. 1 2011
The goal of a puppy mill is to produce the maximum number of puppies in the cheapest way possible. That's why expensive items - proper housing, care, food, and medical attention - are ignored. Dogs have been loyal to Humankind for thousands of years. We cherish them as companions, groom them as show dogs and depend on them as working partners. But today, millions of dogs are neglected and malnourished. And millions of other dogs are used in scientific research and for entertainment, and kept as pets in a remarkable diversity of conditions. In No Shelter Here, animal advocate and chartered biologist Rob Laidlaw explores the world of homeless, free ranging, mistreated, and exploited dogs, and the challenges they face. But more importantly, he focuses on the people he calls "dog champions" - those individuals, small groups and professional organizations around the world who dedicate their lives to helping dogs. Enhanced with photos, informational sidebars and inspiring good-news stories, No Shelter Here will galvanize young readers to become Dog Champions in their own communities.

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Canine lovers will discover a broad array of topics useful for caring for dogs and becoming an advocate for their humane treatment. Chapters are brief but chock-full of information . . . Children will come away from this book educated and inspired to become 'Dog Champions.'

Laidlaw urges readers to become "Dog Champions" by learning about the threats facing dogs and advocating for their welfare. While statistics about homeless and maltreated dogs are grim . . . , Laidlaw offers heartening profiles of children and adults taking action around the world.

An informative and visually varied introduction to problems affecting dogs worldwide.

[An] engaging text . . . Abundantly stocked with color photographs and supplemented with online resources and a glossary, this book invites children to pause and consider our friends who have paws.

Even if your budget is tight (whose isn't?) you will still want to find the money to purchase No Shelter Here which is so much more than just another dog book . . . Impassioned, empowering and informative, No Shelter Here will fill a void in your dog books collection that you may not have even known you had. **Highly Recommended**

This book provides information regarding maltreatment, hints and tips for owners, and highlights individuals and organizations making a difference in world for dogs.

No Shelter Here is my favorite kind of animal book – packed with information that will help dogs, but without the pessimistic overtones that so often make them hard to read.

This book is a remarkable gift of inspiration, passion, and celebration of how children can learn to protect dogs from the unkind and irresponsible realities around the world.

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Rob Laidlaw has devoted his life to protecting animals and empowering others to do the same. He is the founder of several animal protection organizations, including Zoocheck Canada, and an author of 5 children's books about animal welfare and activism. No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs won the OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award; it and its companion book, Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends, have both been Hackmatack Award nominees. Rob lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Be A Dog Champion! Nov. 1 2011
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No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs by Rob Laidlaw

I desperately wanted a dog when I was ten. I read book after book about dogs, and could name all the breeds. Well, there weren't so many back then. Certainly there were no hybrids ' that is, Cockapoos, Shih-poos, Snoodles, and Labradoodles. I might have been able to name the various breeds, but did I know much more than this? Did I know dog language? Did I know how to care for a dog, or that one of a dog's chief needs is much the same as ours ' that is, the need for family? Well, of course not. I knew nothing and there weren't books available that went much beyond breed labeling and general feeding and watering information. There certainly were no books like the informative and entertaining No Shelter Here. I would have read a book like this in one sitting and no dog would ever have suffered neglect at my hand.

It's logical to rally behind the fight to save endangered species, but what about the animals that populate our homes, our back yards, and our alleyways? Dogs and cats are in desperate need of champions and this book by Rob Laidlaw heralds the way to that end. It will give kids who long for a dog of their own the information they need to make a wise choice when picking a dog, to make sure they socialize their puppy, and train themselves to understand a dog's needs before the pet becomes a nuisance because of neglect and winds up in a shelter.

No Shelter Here is brimming with fact ' for example, listing 'What every dog needs,' shining a spotlight on puppy mills and 'free-ranging' or street dogs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars no shelter here March 15 2013
By Patricia H. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
"No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs " by biologist Rob Laidlaw (2012) is not your average dog book. It is more an inspiration to help dogs that need you, by becoming what Laidlaw aptly calls a "dog champion."
Dogs have super senses, starting with their amazing sense of smell, from which dogs attain so much information. Who passed this corner? When? Our various dogs sniff their way along the sidewalk to the park, totally engrossed in their research.
Laidlaw tells us, dogs are highly social and should not be kept alone for any length of time. They're wonderful companions and family members. They need playtime and a comfortable home. They should not live chained outside. They need good food and fresh water.
It's best to get your dog from a shelter or from a rescue operation because when you adopt a dog you're saving a life. If you buy your dog from a pet store, the chances are the dog came from a puppy mill.
Puppy mills are money-making ventures that produce as many puppies as cheaply as possible at the expense of the animals' comfort. Dogs live isolated, in crates, might not be fed the best food, or kept clean or get proper medical attention. They don't get loving attention.
Even if you can't have a dog, you can still hang out with them.
Mobile Mutts is a fantastic locally based dog rescue operation. That's where I got one of our two rescue dogs. Volunteers transport dogs from southern states where there tends to be less municipal money and more high-kill shelters to the far north where there are no-kill shelters. Our Tree Walker Hound, Lil, was found in a field in Kentucky, put in a shelter and scheduled for euthanasia when she was put on the Underdog Railroad. I mean, Mobile Mutts. And, yep, we got her.
Many dogs need adopting--dogs who live on the streets, retired greyhound racers, beagles used in science experiments, dogs in shelters.
As a "dog champion" you might inform classmates about puppy mill conditions, write letters to congressmen about the plight of puppy mill dogs, volunteer at the Humane Society, overnight dogs for Mobile Mutts, make a documentary film.
As Laidlaw says, "Anyone can be a dog champion. Just make a commitment to help and then get going." Dogs everywhere are counting on you.

Patricia Hruby Powell ([...]) is a nationally touring speaker, dancer, storyteller, librarian and children's book author. Read about Patricia's rescue dogs and find links to the organizations mentioned above at Patricia's blog at talesforallages.com/reviews/
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