by: Ellen Lindenfeld

Miracle Dog:  How Quentin Survived the Gas Chamber to Speak for Animals on Death Row.  Andy Grim.   Alpine Blue Ribbon Books, 2005.

One of the most heartbreaking books I have ever read, this book addresses the issue of an animal shelter, and the huge numbers of strays and owner surrender dogs in the United States.  Although the main dog in the story ends up in a fortunate situation, the information provided regarding the huge numbers of dogs and cats in the U.S. that are euthanized, often under inhumane conditions, is devastating, and makes you want to donate more to clean up every shelter in the U.S.  By the time you finish this book, you want to do more for rescue dogs, and wish to change the way animal shelters operate.  The story of a dog who survived the St Louis  “gas chamber”, and went  on to become a poster dog for all of the animals left  in animal shelters throughout the U.S.  Wonderful, enlightening read.  Have your tissues ready.