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Groundbreaking Animal Shelter Book Goes into 4th Printing!

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Commercial publishers said it wasn’t “marketableâ€

Originally published in 2003, One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter, the groundbreaking book documenting a week in a typical US animal shelter, has been driven into a 4th printing due to demand from readers and shelters. Nearly 20,000 copies of the book have been distributed, an extremely strong showing from a small, independent, non-profit publisher fighting for recognition in the commercial publishing world.

With compelling photos and moving vignettes, the book tells the true stories of 75 animals who passed through a typical US animal shelter during seven days witnessed and documented by the authors. This “week in the life†snapshot is both heartbreaking and joyous, reflecting the reality of what happens in this nation’s animal shelters: 6 to 8 million animals enter shelters every year; only half of them leave alive. An animal is euthanized every 9 seconds in a US shelter.

Commercial publishers called the book too “sad†and “graphic†to be marketable, and so the authors founded the non-profit organization No Voice Unheard to publish it themselves. Despite the publishers’ predictions, the book has sold thousands of copies, and is used by hundreds of shelters and rescue groups across the country to educate their own communities. These organizations have distributed the book to their local elected officials, schools, libraries, and media, to bring to life the incomprehensible statistics that describe the tragedy. No Voice Unheard itself has donated thousands of copies to needy shelters, public libraries, legislators, and colleges and universities.

One at a Time is used as a course book in university humane education and shelter medicine classes, and has won numerous awards, including the Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life Award and the ASPCA Humane Issues Award.

Co-author Marilee Geyer states, “There are many, many happy endings in shelters, and One at a Time includes those wonderful stories. But we also chose to include the hard truth, as that is also an accurate reflection of what happens in shelters, and so some of the material is indeed graphic. However, we hear from readers and media that they appreciate this honesty and that they are moved to action by this powerful and truthful depiction of shelter life.â€

Adds co-author Diane Leigh, “The book is extremely hopeful, because it shows that this tragedy is completely preventable. We want good-hearted people to know that in the everyday decisions they make and actions they take, they can help end the homeless animal tragedy. We want to see, in our lifetimes, the day when no animal dies in a shelter for simple lack of a home, and we know it can happen – we each have the power to bring about that day. One at a Time shows us how.â€

One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter is available at Borders, Amazon, and independent bookstores everywhere. It can also be ordered direct from the publisher at www.NoVoiceUnheard.org. A special “Giving Package†is also available from the publisher – 5 books at a discounted price for readers to give as gifts or donations to educate their own communities. A steep non-profit discount is available to animal shelters and rescue organizations.

No Voice Unheard’s second book, Thought to Exist in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos is by author/activist Derrick Jensen. More information about this new book can be found at www.NoVoiceUnheard.org.

No Voice Unheard is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 independent publisher whose books illuminate important social issues and create unique voices on behalf of those who are unseen, ignored or disregarded by society.
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Dear Ms. Leigh:

Many, many thanks for telling this story that each and every one of us needs to know and to act upon. Having been in the trenches for a lot longer than I'd care to say on behalf of animals, cats especially and spay/neuter, TNR, and rescue/adoptions most of all, it's a tale too painfully familiar to me; but there are probably a lot of TCS members who do not know of it, and I join you in hoping that they will avail themselves of it, and pass it on. Again, THANK YOU.
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