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The money collected from the sales of this book (after publishing fees) is donated

to different animals shelters every time the amount reaches $100.
You can nominate a shelter HERE to receive the donation.
You can help your local animal shelters and hospices
by ordering-selling and donating the profit to your local shelter of this full color print:

A great way to help animals in your local shelters and animal hospices by selling this anthology.
Buy the book at publisher price, sell it at fundraisers, to friends, coworkers, vet offices at full price and donate the difference to your local shelter or animal hospice.

5 full color interior book package
Your cost: $18.00 per book which you keep after selling the book (S&H included) ORDER HERE
Sell the book for $26.00 and donate $40 to help your local shelter

10 full color interior book package
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Sell the book for $26.00 and donate $80 to help your local shelter

5 black & white interior book package
Your cost: $6.00 per book which you keep after selling the book (S&H included) ORDER HERE
Sell the book for $9.95 and donate $19.75 to help your local shelter

10 black & white interior book package
Your cost: $6.00 per book which you keep after selling the book (S&H included) ORDER HERE
Sell the book for $9.95 and donate $39.50 to help your local shelter

By ordering the books, you are obligated to inform us which shelter you donated the money, by leaving a comment on this page or leave a message on the project's facebook page
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About the anthology:
I was thinking about how to help animals in shelters and in animal hospices other than donating money I could afford. What can I do as a writer to help animals in need? I had an idea. I'm a writer; I can write, sell the book and donate the money - after publishing fees - to animal shelters. I started putting together the short stories I have written the past few years and asked my animal lover author, poet and artist friends if they'd like to participate in my Read for Animals project. The response was overwhelming, the stories and poems started flooding in and together we made this book possible to help our furry, scaly and feathered friends.
-Erika M Szabo

Some of the stories and poems we put together in this anthology will make you laugh out loud; others will warm your heart and perhaps make you cry. Some stories are true and the fantasy stories will make you think, what if? Each author and poet brings their unique writing style to this anthology for a good cause. Enjoy the book, and thank you for helping our furry, scaly and feathered friends in need by purchasing this book.
Contributors to this book:
Authors, poets, animal lovers: Erika M Szabo, Lorinda J. Taylor, Cindy J. Smith, Jeanne E. Rogers, Zrinka Jelic, Patrick O’Scheen, Kristine Raymond, Shebat Legion, Sandra Novelly, Shannon Sonneveldt, Julie Davis Dundas, Linda Whitehead Humbert, Debbie D. (Doglady) . Artist: Klarissa Kocsis

Teasers from the book
It is so hard to choose a teaser, every story and poem is either heartwarming, tear-jerker or funny but all are wonderful. I picked random page numbers from the book

Harper by Patrick O'Scheen

When he opened his eyes, Harper’s world was filled by Bobby. The gentle hand that reached to feed him also stroked his back and traced little circles around his ears. Harper tried to remember how long he had known the child, but his mind failed when he attempted to count the years. He was old … older than he had ever expected to be.
Eating had become a chore, but Bobby fed him, washed him, cared for him. Harper spent most of his time dreaming in the sunshine about times gone by -- when things had been very different. He recalled distinctly the years he had spent cold and alone, neglected by a previous partner and eventually left to die. A tiny shiver ran up his spine when he considered what might have happened to him back then … if not for the kindness of strangers.
“You okay, boy?” He heard Bobby’s voice and lifted his head to see his best friend holding his favorite toy. When the boy rolled the red ball across the floor, Harper made his finest effort to catch it, but his energy failed and he plopped down on the toy instead. “That’s a good way to get it.” He heard the boy’s encouragement, but he knew the truth. There was little time left for play. He closed his eyes and let out what could only be interpreted as a sigh.
Dreams flooded elderly consciousness, and Harper saw himself romping like a pup, chasing the red target across a green lawn. “Bring it back to me!” He heard Bobby’s voice clearly as he grabbed for the ball. Deliberately marking it with slobber, he proudly presented the toy to his child, and he was rewarded by praise. “You’re the best dog ever!”
Bobby threw the ball over and over, never failing to loudly demonstrate his pleasure. Back and forth around the yard they played until both lay exhausted in each other’s embrace. Harper licked the boy’s face while Bobby giggled in sheer delight.
Awakened by the pain contained in old limbs, Harper stretched and moaned when he saw Bobby was still watching him. “It’s okay, Harpy. You were dreaming.” Bobby gently rubbed his ears. “When you wiggle like that, I wonder what you see in your sleep.” Bobby scratched Harper’s secret spot under his chin and made him smile. “Are you chasing cats or running from someone?”
He would have loved to answer the boy. Instead he sniffed the air and located a familiar scent. With great difficulty, Harper stood and walked to his ball, picked it up in his nearly toothless mouth, deliberately coated it with saliva and stumbled back to his child. Dropping the toy at Bobby’s feet, Harper wagged his tail in joy as if to say, “Don’t you remember?”

Read much more wonderful stories in the book.

You were precious and sweet
The day I brought you home
And since that day how
You’ve learned and you’ve grown
You’re sweet and you’re stubborn
You like things your way
Curious by nature
In quiet and in play
You learned quickly what
You should and should not do
Doesn’t mean you obey
Either one of you two
But you listen when I talk
And it’s so very cute
My heart can’t help but melt
At the head tilt you do
You watch me as I speak
Cock your head to the side
You’re not sure about something
You’re trying to decide
Then when I’m done you come
And cuddle by my side
And I look down at you
With only love in my eyes
Because you make my heart melt
With a tilt of your head
And I know that you heard
What my heart just said

Read much more wonderful poems in the book

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