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"Kavin crafts a readable and compelling depiction of the inefficacies of the taxpayer-funded shelter system and the people who have assumed the responsibility of shuttling animals across the country, from near-death to a new 'leash' on life."
--Publisher's Weekly

"Kavin masterfully weaves her life with Blue into the storyline, and does a great job presenting all of this information in an engrossing and inspirational narrative that reads like a page-turner police procedural.This is a compelling, important book that should be read by everyone who loves dogs."
--The Bark magazine

"Anger, heartbreak, and happiness are just a few of the emotions you'll experience as you read this book. Kavin is not timid, and goes right to the people in charge of the shelters to ask the 'hows,' 'whys' and 'how could you?' questions that you too, will want answered. She introduces the reader to numerous groups working, against the odds, to save as many dogs as possible. And while she uses plenty of statistics and facts to back up everything she says, the book reads like a mystery unfolding and not a technical journal on the world of animal shelters. If you love dogs, this is one book you must read. It's too important not to bring to light the awful truths surrounding our 'throw-away' dogs."


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"Freelance journalist Kavin (The Everything Travel Guide to Italy, <2010, etc.) hunts down the story of what happened to her rescue dog Boy Blue.

"In 2010, the author helped rescue Blue from certain death in an animal shelter in North Carolina. She found him online and was able to quickly provide the lucky survivor with a loving home, where he has flourished. Learning that her new companion might have been infected with ringworm and fearing "that something about his situation had been horribly, horribly wrong," she applied her investigating skills to uncovering the trail. Her first step was contacting Lulu's Rescue co-founder Michele Armstrong, who told her that Blue had been "headed for the gas chamber." The trail then led her to Person County Animal Rescue volunteers in North Carolina, who introduced her to the brutal conditions that Blue faced when he got dumped into the animal shelter. There are 13,000 rescue groups listed online at Petfinder.com, all struggling to find homes for unwanted puppies. The author describes them as functioning "like a modern day version of the underground railroad," and that's only the tip of the iceberg. Many unaffiliated volunteers are also involved in rescue efforts. The rescue groups often set standards for shelters and promote the spaying and neutering of animals put up for adoption, as well as finding loving homes, but money and volunteers are in short supply. This book chronicles one of the success stories. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Petfinder.com Foundation.
"A moving call to action." --Kirkus Reviews

"A moving call to action"-- Kirkus Reviews

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"A moving call to action."
" --Kirkus Reviews
Kim Kavin's first encounter with Blue-- "
"He seemed shell-shocked--as any baby would be after riding five hundred miles in a cage in an RV in the middle of the night--but he let me hold him, and he gave me a kiss, and he looked up at me with big brown eyes that said, 'Trust me, I'm a survivor.' "
"It was there [at my veterinarian] that I'd get my first real insights into the place where he'd started his journey, along with my first inkling that something about his situation had been horribly, horribly wrong."
"I paused for a moment, trying to digest what she'd just told me.
" 'I'm sorry, ' I said, shocked . . . 'Would . . . you . .. please . . . say that again?'
" 'Ninety-two percent, ' she said. 'They kill almost all of them. We pulled him out at the last minute. He was headed for the gas chamber.' "
(front flap)
When journalist Kim Kavin decided to adopt a puppy, she went to her computer, clicked on an online photo, and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle puppy--advertised as healthy and available near her New Jersey home--was a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Kavin quickly saw that Blue was happy and friendly, but his manner indicated that he'd endured some unknown ordeal. Curious, she traced Blue's history all the way back to a long, dismal row of cages where, at the time of his rescue, he 72 hours to live.
" Little Boy Blue " is the true, shocking expos that describes a brutal ongoing reality that prevails in many of America's taxpayer-funded shelters. But it's also the inspiring story of a grass-roots canine rescue network of dedicated animal lovers whose continuing efforts are saving countless dogs from unwarranted death.
(back flap)
Kim Kavin is a widely published award-winning journalist and a volunteer worker dedicated to fostering puppies who have been saved from high-kill shelters, but who have not yet been adopted. She lives in Long Valley, NJ, where her hobbies include cooking, wine tasting, and hiking local park trails with her dog Blue.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764165267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764165269
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Kavin's book is a must read for anyone who considers themselves a dog lover. If you've ever considered purchasing a dog from a breeder or walked into a pet store only to "fall in love" with a dog and take it home....you HAVE to read this book and understand why your decision makes a difference in the lives of thousands of dogs who need homes.

I was horrified and ashamed to learn the harsh realities of shelters in this country.
How can this happen in 2012 in the USA? Read this book and follow along on Kim's journey as she traces Blue's past....before he came into her happy home. You won't be able to put it down because you will want to keep reading to see what happens next.

Kim doesn't sugar-coat the facts but after reading this book you will be inspired to do what you can to be part of the change to help make a difference.

I had the pleasure of meeting Kim and Blue at BookExpo America and I can tell you he's the sweetest dog ever! Please adopt! Save a life...

Debbie McManus
BookExpo America
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I'm a dog lover, and I thought I knew about the plight of homeless dogs and other animals in the U.S. Many people I know have adopted shelter and/or rescue dogs, and it is wonderful to see these beautiful animals find great homes, and literally see them happy as can be with their new owners.

Then I read Kim Kavin's book - and I realized that I didn't know that much about the plight of rescue dogs. I didn't know that only 1 in 20 of them make it out of shelters alive. I didn't know that in many cases the state funded shelters are not finding homes for these dogs, it's the literally millions of people who, via a tremendous grass-roots effort utilizing facebook and other means, are pulling these animals out of the shelters - sometimes minutes before they are to be killed. Then there's the people who devote their own time and money to transport these rescued animals sometimes thousands of miles to either a foster home that will love and help the dog find a new home, or to a new owner. I didn't know about the multitude of organizations and shelters that are doing wonderful things to not only find these animals new homes, but to also educate everyone about what's going on - especially about spaying and neutering.

All this, and so much more, can be found in Little Boy Blue, a book that is at once so uplifting, and is also so shocking and informative. I couldn't put it down, and if you're a dog lover, and a human being, you won't be able to put it down either.
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I have been an animal rescuer for almost 40 years and I was blown away by how Ms. Kavin was able to expose the whole underworld of rescue that most of the animal loving public is unaware of. She shares the good, the bad and the ugly with breathtaking clarity and honesty while still sharing an entertaining tale of her dog Blue's life. It is a must read for every animal lover but more importantly a book that needs to be shared with any human who has an ounce of compassion in their heart. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated".~ Mahatma Gandhi'
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I have to say that this book is very informative about the shelter and rescue/adoption situation in America. On one hand, it was very sad and upsetting to know that $15 million in tax dollars to go shelters who use gas chamber methods of euthanizing dogs in their posession. On another hand, it's encouraging to know that there are SO MANY who are working to change this, and to get all adoptable dogs into good homes. This book is a wonderful call to take action, and help out however we can, be it financially, by fostering a dog short-term, by choosing to adopt from a shelter or rescue rather than purchasing a purebread dog, or even supporting spay/neuter programs nationwide. While I was reading this book I kept recalling the story of the boy on the beach who was throwing starfish back into the sea. A man saw what he was doing and said that what he was doing would never matter in the grand scheme of things, to which the boy replied "it mattered to that one." We may not be able to adopt them all personally, but we can do our part to help out the cause.
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This book was good and gave me a lot of information I was interested in as a person who fosters dogs that are brought up from the south. I thought it got a little slow at the end. However, if you are interested in some facts about why so many dogs are coming north for adoption, this is a great resource.
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If you live in North Carolina and care about animals, this book is a must read. I recognized all too well the places and things described. But we do have many people very active in animal welfare and are trying our best to see it improve here in this state. Unfortunately this is not just a picture of North Carolina, though. This happens throughout many of the states in our country and it is truly shameful. We do have one public county shelter that I know of, Guilford County Animal Shelter, that is a shining star in the darkness. It is run by the nonprofit United Animal Coalition, and an injured, stray, abandoned or owner-surrendered animal has a great chance of receiving needed care and attention, and of finding a furever home. Check it out on Facebook after reading this book to find out that not everything is bad in North Carolina when it comes to companion animals.
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