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The Dog Patrol: Our Canine Companions and the Kids Who Protect Them

Pajama Pr. Apr. 2020. 52p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781772781038.
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Gr 4-7–An emphasis on advocacy characterizes this introduction to supporting man’s best friend. Young people who seek to protect the well-being of dogs are profiled. These inspirational youths show that the potential to make a difference in the lives of neglected animals is boundless; they provide canine hospice and foster care, raise money and awareness to benefit shelters and animal welfare organizations, and even campaign for the humane treatment of sled dogs. First-time pet owners, as well as those looking to volunteer at shelters, will benefit from the information. A multitude of topics are explored: choosing the most appropriate dog breed for adoption, learning about the emotional and physical needs of canines, and what to do if a lost dog is found. Extra fun facts in the margins, a gatefold featuring a leaping Jack Russell terrier, and appealing photographs add interest. Even though the book does mention the sad reality of puppy mills and kill shelters, the tone is largely positive. The author’s obvious love of dogs and the impressive feats of the Dog Patrol will inspire young readers to take an interest in animal welfare causes.
VERDICT Dog lovers will relish the rich detail and extensive photography in this engaging guide to canine care and advocacy.

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