86.4 million cats, 78.2 million dogs, and 16.2 million birds are proof that Americans love their pets*
If you love animals, consider taking part in the Animal Welfare League of Arlington‘s 17th Annual Walk for the Animals, on Saturday, May 12.
Money raised by the Walk for Animals will help support local animal rescue, animal surrender and safekeeping, the Vetrinary Assistance Program, low-cost spay/neuter programs, rabies and microchipping clinics, and more.
How did you find your favorite animal companion?
Some Come Into Our Lives Unexpectedly…
by Esther Woolfson
Ever since her daughter rescued a fledgling rook years ago, Woolfson has been fascinated with (and adopted an increasing number of) corvids – the bird group that includes crows, rooks, magpies, and ravens.
by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
No list produced by a public library would be complete without the amazing story of Dewey. Found half frozen in a book drop as a kitten, he became a valued staff member – complete with job description.
by Elizabeth Hess
Homer’s Odyssey: a Fearless Feline Tale, or How I learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat
by Gwen Cooper
Homer lost his sight when he was a very young kitten, and no one believed he would be able to navigate the world without his eyes. They were wrong.
They Shape Our Lives…
by Rita Mae Brown
Ms Brown, known for the detective series she produces with her feline business partner Sneaky Pie Brown, relates stories of the many animals that have enriched her life.
by Peter Gethers
Gethers hated cats when first presented with Norton, but became a lover of the species with Norton’s guidance. Norton became an exceptionally well-travelled cat, accompanying Gethers to Los Angles, Paris, and Fire Island, among other places.
by Dr. Nick Trout
Trout, a veterinarian, dedicates a chapter to each of the pets that have been a part of his life. The result is a beautiful story.
And Sometimes Even Save Us!
by Marilyn Singer
Children are just as touched by their relationships with cats as are adults. Singer’s book, geared for elementary school readers, tells stories of heroic feats cats have performed.
by Rupert Isaacson
Isaacson was devastated when his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism. When Isaacson discovered that riding a neighbor’s horse together improved his son’s communication immeasurably, he decided to take Rowan to Mongolia – the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersect.
And When They Leave Us, Our Hearts Break…
by Jon Katz
We celebrate our pets and grieve when we lose them. Katz talks about making the difficult decision concerning putting a pet down and how to honor the loss as well as provides prayers and rituals to help to help children grieve as well
by Garth Stein
Enzo, the canine narrator, believes he must be a misplaced human soul, and that when he dies he will be reincarnated as a human.
Numbers courtesy of the American Pet Products Association’s Industry Statistics and Trends for 2011-2012.