10 Heartwarming Rescue Books

by Amy Azzarito

Back in April, life in our D*S family changed forever when Grace adopted Hope. (Here’s Grace getting the news!) We’ve always been strong supporters of rescues – Max has two rescues of his own and Grace already had a rescue cat. After spending the spring and summer, photographing pets around Boston, just two weeks ago, photographer Li Ward published Rescue Pets of Boston which features pets rescued from shelters around the country and made their way to Boston. It was such a great project that we decided to highlight other books that tell the story of rescuing animals in America. There are so many amazing folks who make this their lives work. These books show what a difference an individual can make in the life of animal and in the life of a human.  –Amy

Image above: Rescue Pets of Boston

Image above: Photo Book Set: Deaf Dogs, Rescued in America and Pit Bull Book

See all our rescue book picks after the jump!

Image above: To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission  | A Small Furry Prayer | Found Dogs: Tales of Strays Who Landed on Their Feet | Who’s That Dog? 35 Fabulous Rescues That Found Their Forever Homes

Image above: Disposable Dogs: Heartwarming, True Stories of Courage and Compassion | Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays

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  • Wonderdog Spot, Queenie, Charlie, Reginald Von Poochin, Stannerford and our most recent addition Angus – six dogs who have been a part of our family over the past 27 years. All dogs were rescue dogs – we were the ones who received the greatest gift – their unconditional love, loyalty and friendship.

  • Rescuing animals is the only way I’ll ever have my own pets; it’s what I’ve always done. The Rescue Pets of Boston book makes me smile because I went to college in Boston, and the September after I graduated in 2005, I fell in love with an adorable gray & white mama cat who I found on the free section of Craigslist (not all rescues come from shelters!) and have been loving and snuggling ever since.

  • I’m partial to I’m a Good Dog. And The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption, even though the first third of that is so hard to read. The end is sweet and hopeful.

  • Hooray! Our rescue husky mix, Luna, is in the Rescue Pets of Boston, so I’m doubly thrilled to see it featured here. Li and Brittany worked so hard and it came out beautifully.

  • Wren, and Rosco; rescued dogs (we had Wren for 17 years and now we have Rosco)
    Kit, Squeak, Alice,Ruben and Sophie; Cats we have rescued (not counting the five others we found homes for)
    Burt; our rescued donkey
    we love these wonderful animals

  • This is a wonderful post, and any of these books would be perfect holiday gifts! My rescue lab mixes, Simone and Scooter, are in the Rescue Pets of Boston book as well The stories of each pet are heartwarming and they are beautifully photographed. I bought one for everyone in my family for Christmas because all of the proceeds go to animal charities!

  • such great books. november is also adopt a senior pet month. our dog is 14 years old and he has opened our eyes to the plight of senior pets. i seriously have much love for these pets but also the people who work in the rescue field. it really must not be easy..

  • A shout out to my Vermont friend Bruce who adopted a senior Collie (Rebel) and a loving aside to my Hitchens and Pablo- brother tabbys rescued from a life on the streets.

  • This is awesome. I want these books. I need to give these out as Christmas gifts too. My little rescue is an angel. Adopt, adopt, adopt!!!

  • Rescue Labs have filled my life for the past 40 years. I have always sought out Black Lab pups as they are so often euthanized because many do not want black animals. All have come from
    neglect and/or abuse and have been the most loving, affectionate,
    loyal and comforting animals. For me, papers and pedigree are
    not important.

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