Love Wanted: A True Story of How Grassroot Efforts Changed the Fate of Shelter Pets in New York
If Marley and Me absolutely broke your heart and made you clutch your beloved furry friend to your chest, rest assured that not all books about animals have to be tearjerkers in the end. For example, Love Wanted: True Tails of Love, Loss, and Redemption will not only make you feel good, it’ll make you want to run out to the nearest no-kill animal shelter to donate your time to helping unwanted pets find their furr-ever home.
The author, Mary Jo Tobin, is known throughout Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for her dedication to saving the lives of unwanted shelter animals who would otherwise get euthanized at the local Animal Care and Control. She is the founder of Love Wanted Pet Adoptions, a grassroots organization that works hand-in-hand with North Shore Animal League and local rescues such as K-9 Kastle to host monthly adoption events.
In her debut novel, Tobin demonstrates first hand how much power and influence a little grassroots organization staffed by a handful of loyal volunteers has when it comes to saving the lives of neglected shelter animals. Just like people, every animal has a unique history and personality of their own, and Tobin records their stories to help her readers realize just what it means to own a pet and to understand what the reality of surrendering a pet to a shelter is like.
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