"I never chose an animal to be my pet, they chose me to be their human."
-Erika M Szabo

I started my Read for Animals project because I learned to love and respect animals from my parents, especially from my father. He risked his neck climbing up a tree to put a fallen baby squirrel back into the nest, fixed the broken beak of a young stork with – of course what else – duct tape. But it worked; the stork came back next summer to nest on top of the school building.
I never had a pet that came from a puppy-mill or breeders, and I never had a pure-bred dog or cat. All my pets were either adopted from shelters, or they found us. We live in the Catskill mountains and unfortunately the "summer people" who rent a home or own one as summer home, often bring puppies and kittens with them for the entertainment for their kids for the summer. When autumn comes, they move back to the cities where pets are a nuisance or not allowed in the apartment building.
Some of them just close the door behind them leave the animals outside to fend for themselves. Since we moved to the country side from the Bronx over 20 years ago, eight cats and three dogs found us and stayed with us until they had to go to animal heaven

I want to help animals in need, any way I can. So being a writer, I thought that I could use my God given talent of story telling to help struggling animal shelters. Our furry, feathered and scaly friends who are not adopted from shelters need our help to survive, they depend on us for food, shelter and loving homes.

I wrote a few funny and true stories about my pets, fox pups that grew up in my backyard. I invited a few author friends to join me in this project to publish a book Read for Animals and donate the money collected from the sales after publishing fees to different animal shelters every three months.

Together with a few author friends we published the first book in my Read for Animals project that will benefit many of our furry, feathered and scaly friends. There are lots of animal lovers out there who don't know how to help, or they feel that a donation they can afford is not enough, but buying this book will make them feel that they are helping animals while enjoying the short stories and poems in the book.

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) .
Klarissa Kocsis

If you would like to join us in our effort to help struggling animal shelters, please purchase this book, tell your friends about it.
Thank you for your help.



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  1. This is such a great idea!! I am excited! I can't wait to read this!!

    1. Thank you for your interest in our book and helping animals by reading it. I'm sure you will enjoy the donated wonderful stories and pictures in the book :)