I have to tell you about a book I just finished A Rare Breed of Love. Jana Kohl is the author, who tells the story of Baby, a white poodle rescued from a California puppy mill by a woman Jana named “Drive-by Angel”. Identified only by the number 94 tatooed in her ear, the little dog had outlived her usefulness as breeding stock and was to be put down by the breeder. Drive-by Angel took the dog home, named her “Baby” and proceeded to prepare her for adoption. A couple of days after bringing her home, Baby jumped off a sofa and shattered her left front leg. Baby, being overbred, denied exercise and proper nutrition, suffered from osteoporosis, so her leg had to be amputated. Baby never barked, as her vocal cords had been cut to save the breeder from the inconvenience of hearing the dog’s cries.
Jana adopted Baby from Drive-by Angel, and became what she describes as an “accidental activist” taking on the puppy mills.
The book is a beautiful one, not only because of the story it tells, but there are stunning photographs of Baby with celebrities and politicians who share a love of animals.
What I went away with from this book is action steps, that we, as dog lovers and advocates can take:
- Adopt a dog from a shelter or a rescue group, instead of from a pet store.
- E-mail or call our U.S.Senators, our U.S. congressman, city council members, and state attorney generals asking them to support animal welfare legislation.
- Support animal organizations such as The Humane Society of the United States, The ASPCA, and Main Line Animal Rescue, who are dedicated to fighting puppy mills.
- Help educate others to the truth behind that sweet little face we see at the local pet store
- Send this link to the animal-loving friends and family on our e-mail lists: Puppy Mills Campaign
All of Jana’s profits from the sale of her book go to the HSUS. To find out more: A Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere.
Thanks for listening,
JeanMay 04, 2009 | 0 | Stray Dog