"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
"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."
"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."
--Feathered Quill Book Reviews
"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
From the Inside Flap
(back cover) "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.' "
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 exposé 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.