No Shelter Here focus of animal protection project

July 9, 2014 – LINK TO ARTICLE

Charleston County Public Library has received a $3,500 grant to encourage reading and to raise awareness about animal welfare issues and animal welfare-related organizations in the Lowcountry.

The project focuses on the book No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, by animal advocate Rob Laidlaw. Laidlaw, a biologist, wrote about homeless, mistreated and exploited dogs and the challenges they face while also focusing on “dog champions” — the individuals, small groups and professional organizations around the world dedicated to helping dogs.

Project-related events planned for July include having library staff members visit Charleston Animal Society camps throughout the summer to discuss No Shelter Here, take photographs of campers reading to adoptable animals and help campers make informational posters about humane issues to post at the library.

Additional programs include:

-Dog Days of Summer Photography and Humane Education exhibits, July 1-31, John’s Island Regional Library; July 14-Aug. 31, Main Library.
-No Shelter Here book discussion for ages 7-11, 2 p.m. July 21, Main Library. Registration required; call 843-805-6893.
-Dog Days of Summer main event for ages 8 and older, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26, Main Library Auditorium. Kids can learn about veterinary medicine, therapy dogs and humane societies and visit with dogs during the event.

The grant was awarded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and is administered by the S.C. State Library.

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No Shelter Here Wins Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award

HACKMATACK 2014 plaque

No Shelter Here, Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs won the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award on May 30, 2014. The awards ceremony took place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and was attended by hundreds of young readers and adults.

The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award is a reading program that encourages a love of reading among children in grades 4–6 in Canada’s Atlantic provinces. Participating students choose their favourite books from among a list of 10 in each category: English Fiction, English Non-Fiction, French Fiction, and French Non-Fiction. You can read about this year’s other three winners here.

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On Parade, The Hidden World of Animals in Entertainment (Korean Edition)

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Saving Lives and Changing Hearts: Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers was the Durham Family of Schools Choice for Best Book – Non-Fiction

Durham Best Books Winner Durham-Best-Books-Winner

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2014 Skipping Stones Honor Award for Saving Lives and Changing Hearts

Each year, Skipping Stones magazine recognizes outstanding books and teaching resources with the Skipping Stones Honor Awards. The honored books promote an understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and encourage a deeper understanding of the world’s diversity. They also encourage ecological richness, respect for multiple viewpoints and closer relationships within human societies. Saving Lives and Changing Hearts: Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers is on the list for nature and ecology books.

Skipping Stones Review

Saving Lives & Changing Hearts: Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centres by Rob Laidlaw (www. Grades 4-8. ISBN: 978-1-55455-212-2

Saving Lives and Changing Hearts tells hopeful stories of humans from around the world stepping up to rescue animals in bad situations and to give them better lives. This heartening book describes “real sanctuaries,” then highlights successful organizations.

Some basic principles of real sanctuaries are that the physical, psychological and social needs of animals are the highest priority. There is no commercial trade or breeding of animals. Real sanctuaries also play a role in helping solve the problems that create the need for sanctuaries in the first place and educating the public.

Among the sanctuaries featured are touching stories about donkeys, elephants, chimpanzees, pigs in Canada, elephants and rhinos in Kenya, bears and raptors in China, lions in Ethiopia, and turtles and pelicans in the United States.

Saving Lives and Changing Hearts was strongly praised by all of the reviewers for the Skipping Stones Award because it does a good job of covering an important subject. The book promotes respect for and partnership with animals—an important message for all humans.

—Charlotte Behm, educator

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Cat Champions – An Excellent Resource

Ingram Library Services: News and Reviews for the Youth Librarian

Canadian Laidlaw is an animal welfare advocate whose books should be finding more homes in U.S. libraries because they are excellent nonfiction resources filled with valuable information with attention-grabbing, scrapbook-style layout and design. In Cat Champions, a companion to No Shelter Here, the author discusses the domesticated cat and how it is treated by today’s societies. The material is presented in small tidbits that are great for a quick read here and there but that work together cohesively for a one-sit reading. My favorite aspect of this work is that, by spotlighting young cat champions who are working to make the lives of cats better, Laidlaw shows readers that they, too, can have an impact, because no positive action is too small. Rich end material—cat lover’s pledge, resources & links, glossary, and index—finish this excellent resource for ages 9 to 12.

—Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development

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Cat Champions Starred Review in Best Books 2014

Cat Champions Gets Starred Review in The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens 2014, Spring Edition.


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BookShorts Literacy Program

Books We Love: No Shelter Here

No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs was announced today as the Winner of 2013 Red Maple™ Fiction Award, part of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Authors at Harbourfront Centre 2013 Forest of Reading® Awards. Each year, over 250,000 participants read a shortlist of books in their age category and vote for their favourites.

This win caps a host of prestigious honours and high praise from those in the front lines of animal rescue, and publisher Pajama Press deserve all the kudos for releasing this, and a host of books with a great deal of social consciousness.  Furever Network applauds their work! As does the community … here’s just one sample …

Pet Rescue Magazine’s “Tail of the Month”

“No Shelter Here is a wonderful introductory for younger generations and sure to be a book the entire family will learn from. From what dogs need to have a quality life to serious issues and those who face them, Rob Laidlaw gives young readers a fair but realistic view on today’s canine world. While learning simple facts about acquiring a dog, their needs and responsible ownership, they are also exposed to several realities in the canine/human realm.”

No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs

Price: CDN$ 15.85
ISBN: 10: 0986949558


When it comes to the impact humans have on ‘Man’s Best Friend’ there are sensitive issues that can be extremely difficult to discuss, let alone explain. Laidlaw gently explores the various topics such as research, racing, chaining and puppy mills while featuring what he calls ‘Champions’ from around the world and what they are doing to create change”
– Jamie Hunter, Rescue Mag

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Korean Edition of No Shelter Here

Korean No Shelter Here

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Dog Lovers Event in March

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