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. Volume XX Number 9. . . .November 1, 2013
Laidlaw, author of No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, now provides a book that will empower youth to help homeless cats. The book is divided into six chapters, beginning with the World of Cats. The first pages include information on cat breeds and famous cats (Simon the war cat). Alley and shelter cats are featured next. Cat Champions (children and teens from North America and China) describe how they raise money or awareness for homeless cats. The colour photographs show the children interacting with the animals in their home or a shelter. Sun Shibo is only seven-years-old, but he dances and sings at Pet 100 parties. The money raised goes towards a trap, neuter, and release program. Other children have used their talents to create promotional materials for rescue groups, or to socialize cats that are not used to being touched. Attractive sidebars contain tidbits of information that will be of interest to cat lovers. Itís here you can read about the cats on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and the Black Cat Syndrome. The remaining chapters are about fostering and adopting cats. New owners are reminded not to declaw their cat and to think about whether their cat should be an indoor or an outdoor cat. The author lists the reasons someone might want to adopt an older cat and what to do to ensure their new cat finds its way home if it is lost (microchips, license tags). An index and resource guide (cat protection and information websites) can be found on the back pages. This book worked for me. I contacted my local humane society today, and I shared with them some ideas in this book. I also suggested partnership with the local library for a Kitten Holding Time program.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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