Lauren is angry with her father for having their dog Scout spayed, dashing her hopes of having the fun of raising puppies. To show Lauren why they made the decision not to breed Scout, Lauren's dad takes her to visit a large animal shelter. Seeing the hundreds of dogs waiting for rescue, many with little hope of finding a home, Lauren comes to understand why they spayed Scout: there are too many dogs and too few homes for them. The realistic, captivating art features shelter dogs. The final page of the book offers information for parents and other adults about pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying and neutering.
Jeanne Prevost's previous title, It's Raining Cats--and Cats! won the ASPCA Henry Bergh Award for Best Children's Picture Book and a Humane Society of the US Youth KIND Award. Prevost is an elementary school teacher who has worked as a medical assistant for a veterinary hospital.
Amelia Hansen is the illustrator of award-winning the Gryphon Press titles It's Raining Cats--and Cats!, Are You Ready for Me?, and At the Dog Park with Sam and Lucy, as well as nineteen other books.
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"A book with beautiful illustrations and an important message. The subject of pet overpopulation is an important issue for children to grasp, and the way Jeanne Prevost and Amelia Hansen handle it here makes the topic feel contemporary, realistic, and even hopeful."
--Pet Detective Kat Albrecht, Founder, Missing Pet Partnership "This is a recommended read for all parents and children, and a great addition for any humane educator's program library.
--Susan Helmink, President, Association of Professional Humane Educators