Kehret, P. (2004) Shelter dogs: Amazing stories of adopted strays. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company.
Genre: Nonfiction, Dogs
Reading/Interest Level: Ages 9-12
Similar Titles: Ghost Dog Secrets
Plot: These are the stories of eight dogs that were rescued from shelters and adopted into loving homes. Each story has an accompanying photograph by Greg Farrar that shows each of the canines in their element. The dogs featured are mixed breeds that got a second chance at life and thanked their owners by becoming their companion animal and by giving them their all. From movie-star dogs to service dogs, a common thread is present of someone seeing something in the eyes of the dog behind bars; readers can understand the value of humane societies after reading this book.
Personal Thoughts: I thought this was a good book to teach kids about how great it is to adopt dogs. After each story, Kehret provides additional information about the type of job the dog has and any associations or organizations where curious readers can get more information.