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Lost and Found: 03/29/07
One of my reading goals for 2007 is to read and release the BookCrossing books I've had the longest. I have a shelf of these books next to my bed. The one book that has been catching my eyes for nearly four years is Lost and Found. Prior to the book coming to me, it had been well traveled for about two years and I feel a little guilty about letting it languish on my shelf for so long.
Lost and Found is the memoir of a year worked at an upstate New York animal shelter. With cramped space and a finite budget the shelter has to make life and death decisions numerous times a day.
The book also covers the sorts of situations where the shelter has to seize animals. It's amazing how bad things have to get before they can legally take an animal. There are the animal abusers who later become child abusers; the animal collectors who can't keep up with the demands of their animals, and the "mills" that breed animals under grotesque conditions.