There are more than 13,000 animal shelters in the United States, and each year approximately four million dogs are turned in to these shelters. Only thirty-five percent of these dogs are adopted out; thirty-one percent are euthanized. Those dogs that are fortunate enough to be adopted—many of them saved from certain death—are termed “rescue dogs.” There are a vast number of rescue organizations in the United States, and the volunteers working with them number in the thousands. Author Patrick’s Metro’s wife, Mary Ellen, is one of those rescue workers.
In Saving Dogs and Souls, Metro narrates Mary Ellen’s passion for working with dog rescue. This collection of stories covers her experiences with GRIN, a golden retriever rescue in northern Ohio and later when she started her own organization, Golden Rescue in Naples Inc. in Florida. Each story shares a testament to the remarkable new owners who devoted themselves to saving these dogs.
Saving Dogs and Souls offers tales mixed with joy, sadness, and humor and pays tribute to the people who work in dog rescue, caring individuals who are responsible for saving countless numbers of dogs and giving them new homes and new lives. They can’t save all the dogs in need, but they save as many as they can, never becoming disillusioned or discouraged by the sheer number needing their help.