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“Those who have given their hearts and homes to shelter dogs will find much here to validate their love.”
A 2016 Readers Favorite Bronze Award Winner
“[Dogland] is not only an incredibly well-written and engrossing read, but it is an important and thought-provoking work that challenges each of us to evaluate how companion animals are treated and traded in this country…”
Soon after Jacki Skole brought home an eight-week-old puppy from a New Jersey rescue organization, she wondered how such a young animal could have so many idiosyncrasies—so she set out to find an answer. Dogland, an extraordinary mix of memoir and investigative journalism, follows Skole’s journey to trace the origins of her newest family member.
Along the way, Skole interviewed dozens who work in the world of animal rescue—from shelter managers to animal rights activists—taking readers from dilapidated county-run shelters in the South to strip malls in the Northeast where rescue groups seek homes for homeless pets, and from rural and urban “vet deserts” to the very heart of the South’s complex relationship with companion dogs.
Amid the serious issues facing shelter dogs in America, Skole found tireless animal advocates and humble visionaries who believe their ideas and their passion can save canine lives throughout the South—and the entire United States. This award-winning book offers a thoughtful and inspiring look into America's dog crisis and how we can come together to resolve it.
"Dogland explores the serious issues facing American shelter dogs and the heroes advocating for them. It’s a page-turner...well worth reading."
"When journalist Skole adopted a 'quirky' mixed-breed puppy from a rescue shelter in New Jersey, she hadn’t counted on the journey she’d find herself taking in search of the pup’s origins…Those who have given their hearts and homes to shelter dogs will find much here to validate their love, but ultimately the book is meant as a call to action."
"Dogland tackles a complex, emotional topic … and opens readers’ eyes to how we can help these faithful companions."
"Skole offers a fresh look at dog owner education, spay/neuter programs, and how some shelters achieve more successful adoptions through required training courses…Dogland is a book that needs to be read and discussed by concerned people involved in rescue."
"Skole uses her journalism background and her love of animals to shed light on a topic that hits home for just about anyone who has ever brought a dog into their lives…Dogland is a truly compelling book that will have you driving to the nearest shelter to offer a hand or a paw in any way you can."
"…an absolutely amazing piece of work…I simply could not recommend Dogland any more highly. This is not only an incredibly well-written and engrossing read, but it is an important and thought-provoking work that challenges each of us to evaluate how companion animals are treated and traded in this country…Any reader who loves dogs, loves great investigative work, or loves memoirs should absolutely read this book. It is an A+, five-star read, and a book that will stay with you long after you finish the last page."
“Thank you to Jacki Skole for taking the steps to understand this complex issue and for writing this important book to inform the rest of us…My hope is that Dogland compels us all to truly work together…Animal protection is one of the most pressing social justice issues of our time.”