Dogtown: tales of rescue, rehabilitation and redemption by Stefan Bechtel tells the story of 15 homeless, unwanted, unprotected, but not unlovable dogs and the amazing work done by the Best Friends Animal Society. This no-kill shelter, located in Utah, is in the enviable position of being well-funded, enabling them to spare no-expense in rehabilitating dogs that would not make it in a regular shelter. No dog is hopeless. If not adoptable, Dogtown makes a commitment to keep the dog in comfortable and healthy surroundings for life.
Of course, no dog comes to Dogtown for happy reasons. Best Friends responded to abandoned pets in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Dogs rescued from a notorious dog fighting operation were deemed hopeless by other shelters and were court-ordered to Dogtown's care. Aged, sick pets abandoned by callous owners, dogs themselves grieving because their families became too infirm to care for them and the many victims of puppy mills are all residents of Dogtown.
Believe it or not, while their origins are heart-breaking, each story is triumphant it its own way. Take Mr. Bones, for example. Mr. Bones was found wandering in Puerto Rico, starving and irritable. While fine with humans Mr. Bones was too aggressive toward other dogs to be adoptable. Dogtown became his home. His endearing nature inspired his own fan club. Holiday volunteers returned yearly to spend time with him. Finally after many years, Mr. Bones mellowed enough to be safe around other dogs. He finally found his forever home and was able to spend his remaining months in a comfortable family situation.
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