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October is designated as Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.  If you are considering adding a pet to your household, the Library recommends consulting these guides.

The Mixed-Breed Dog by Phyllis DeGioia addresses feeding, grooming, training, behavior, and health of mixed breeds.

Purebred Rescue Dog Adoption: rewards and realities by Liz Palika

Shelter Dogs by Traer Scott is a beautiful collection of portraits of shelter residents.

The Original Dog Bible: the definitive source for all things dog edited by Kristin Mehus-Roe is truly comprehensive, with dog history, breed, training, and healthcare information. 

The Dog Who Rescues Cats: the true story of Ginny by Philip Gonzalez will tug at your heartstrings.  Gonzalez was foreman for a construction company that built skyscrapers in New York and other cities until an accident disabled him permanently.  His physical recovery was challenging, but emotional recovery was even more difficult.  After much resistance, he finally gave in to his girlfriend’s urging that he adopt a dog.  Ginny, the adorable dog he took home, took his life in a new direction when she rescued an injured cat on one of their early morning walks in New York.  She found many homeless cats and they began feeding them, arranging veterinary care and adoptions.  Their home became the place of last resort for the least adoptable cats, and might bring to mind Wanda Gag’s classic Millions of Cats!  This is a moving tribute to the power of a dog to love and to heal.

Dogs I Have Met and the People They Found by Ken Foster is a delightful collection of stories of rescued dogs.

Websites with useful information include
DogInfoMat at is a gateway to a collection of reviewed and recommended sites on all aspects of dog care and welfare.

Petfinder at allows you to locate animal shelters by zip code, find adoptable pets, and learn about the adoption process to decide if it is right for you. at has a wealth of information about adopting and caring for dogs.

The Tazewell County Animal Shelter, 988.5795, is open Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, and Sat 12-6. 
For many more books about dogs, breeds, nutrition, grooming, and veterinary care, visit Tazewell County Public Library, or call 988.2541 for more information.

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