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No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs Library Binding – March 1, 2012

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1150L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Pajama Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986949558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986949555
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Impassioned, empowering and informative, No Shelter Here will fill a void in your dog books collection that you may not have even known you had. In addition to useful information about walking, feeding and grooming your dog, this book encourages the reader to take action to make the world a better place for all dogs. Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2011-11-11)

"No Shelter Here is a comprehensive, all-things-dog book that leads youth to look into the issues that affect dogs every day at the hands of their best friends... us. Each section sheds light on a hard hitting dog related issue and then refocuses on the positive through the amazing powers of Animal Champions and what they are doing every day around the world to make the lives of less fortunate dogs better. Youth (and adults alike!) cannot help but feel motivated to take that first step towards making a difference for dogs, wherever they may be." (International Fund for Animal Welfare, Northern Dogs Project 2011-11-01)

"Laidlaw urges readers to become 'Dog Champions' by learning about the threats facing dogs and advocating for their welfare...Laidlaw offers heartening profiles of children and adults taking action around the world...While the anecdotes of real-life animal abuse are sometimes painful to read, they should provide ample incentive for readers who are serious about improving the lives of dogs." (Publishers Weekly 2012-01-23)

"Dogs' mistreatment in research facilities and at the hands of some pet owners is addressed frankly but gently, and photographs of cramped puppy mills or dogs neglectfully chained outdoors inspire pathos but do not depend on shock value...A worthy overview that may well inspire readers to become 'Dog Champions.'" (Kirkus Reviews 2012-02-05)

"A most important book that will help form children's sense of community, understanding, and respect for others." (PETA 2012-01-01)

"Rob Laidlaw has done it again! This lively, accessible, richly illustrated book brilliantly covers important issues for dogs and their guardians." (Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, author of The Exultant Ark and Second Nature 2012-01-01)

"This fun, factual book takes the reader around the world on many important topics that dogs face every day." (Marin Humane Society, Novato, CA 2012-01-01)

"Stories about young people working to improve the lives of dogs worldwide are inspirational. I hope this book motivates more people, young and old, to make the world a better place for animals." (Liz White, Director, Animal Alliance of Canada 2012-01-01)

"As Rob Laidlaw so beautifully describes in No Shelter Here, knowledge of the suffering and injustice is what compels people to take action." (Kristin Beach, Director, Niagara Action for Animals 2012-01-01)

"Please join Rob's call in becoming a Dog Champion, united in the one indisputable fact that our very best friend in the world has a wet nose and a wagging tail." (Dr. Jill Robinson, Animals Asia Foundation 2012-01-01)

"No Shelter Here is brimming with fact…Young readers will be entertained and enlightened...while the cats of the world wait patiently for Rob Laidlaw to shed light on their lives." (Goodreads 2011-11-01)

"Children will come away from this book educated and inspired to become 'Dog Champions' by volunteering in animal-related agencies. Clubs and young people's organizations looking for service projects should discover many ways to make a difference in the lives of these animals. Purchase this for pet sections and promote it to readers wanting to learn more than just the basics of dog care." (School Library Journal 2012-04-01)

"Manages to be heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. Heartbreaking because it's the story of the millions of dogs that are neglected, abused, and abandoned all around the world. Beautiful, because Laidlaw makes doing something about it seem so easy. He lays out problems and solutions with honesty and clarity, and as proof that people can make a difference, he profiles a number of individuals who are doing just that. Best of all, most of the 'Dog Champions' he features are kids and teens, which will show readers that they can help, no matter what their age.The book's design is also beautiful. It's heavily illustrated and visually appealing, with lots of sidebars and bullet points to emphasize key information...An eye-opening book for dog lovers of all ages, No Shelter Here will also appeal to schools and libraries." (Ten Stories Up blog 2012-06-08)

About the Author

For more than thirty years, Rob Laidlaw has devoted his life to protecting animals. He is the founder of several animal protection organizations, including Zoocheck Canada, a wildlife protection group. His special interest in dogs has led him to visit dog shelters, pounds, and rescue centers in North America, India, Thailand and Japan and several other countries. Rob started a project to bring humane dog control to remote First Nations communities in Canada, was Chief Inspector for a major urban humane society, was Project Manager for World Society for Protection of Animals. Rob resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Rob Laidlaw is the founder and director of Zoocheck, an international wildlife protection charity established in 1984. During the past 30 years, he has been involved in a wide range of animal protection initiatives from Canada's north to tropical Asia. He is a Chartered Biologist and an award-winning author of numerous children's books on animal issues, as well as the author of numerous book chapters, reports and other materials. Rob is an avid cyclist and loves to climb, explore caves and get outdoors as much as he can.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia H. Powell on March 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
"No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs " by biologist Rob Laidlaw (2012) is not your average dog book. It is more an inspiration to help dogs that need you, by becoming what Laidlaw aptly calls a "dog champion."
Dogs have super senses, starting with their amazing sense of smell, from which dogs attain so much information. Who passed this corner? When? Our various dogs sniff their way along the sidewalk to the park, totally engrossed in their research.
Laidlaw tells us, dogs are highly social and should not be kept alone for any length of time. They're wonderful companions and family members. They need playtime and a comfortable home. They should not live chained outside. They need good food and fresh water.
It's best to get your dog from a shelter or from a rescue operation because when you adopt a dog you're saving a life. If you buy your dog from a pet store, the chances are the dog came from a puppy mill.
Puppy mills are money-making ventures that produce as many puppies as cheaply as possible at the expense of the animals' comfort. Dogs live isolated, in crates, might not be fed the best food, or kept clean or get proper medical attention. They don't get loving attention.
Even if you can't have a dog, you can still hang out with them.
Mobile Mutts is a fantastic locally based dog rescue operation. That's where I got one of our two rescue dogs. Volunteers transport dogs from southern states where there tends to be less municipal money and more high-kill shelters to the far north where there are no-kill shelters. Our Tree Walker Hound, Lil, was found in a field in Kentucky, put in a shelter and scheduled for euthanasia when she was put on the Underdog Railroad. I mean, Mobile Mutts. And, yep, we got her.
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