Many months ago, we were approached by the author when she decided she wanted to take readers behind the scenes at five non-profit sanctuaries and rescue zoos, and one care farm, that have opened their doors and their hearts to desperate animals in need. When she learned of our rescues and heard their stories, she chose to feature TWS in this wonderful way.
Through the book, Curtis teaches children that, just as tiny kittens and puppies grow into bigger cats and dogs, wild animal babies grow into adults, too. She makes the point that these full-grown animals may no longer be cute and cuddly when their wild instincts kick in and they become very large and even dangerous. She poses the questions about what happens to these exotic pets when owners realize they can no longer care for them, they can’t be returned to the wild, or they become very sick?
TWS Communications Manager, Holly Henry, said the entire staff was delighted to have Lilly and Titan chosen as the cover of the book, as their story is one of survival and happy endings. “Bringing the message of the captive wildlife crisis to our youth is such an important step in changing our future,” Henry said. “So many animals are still in need of forever homes. By educating our children about the work we do, we hope to inspire them to spread the message, volunteer and perhaps even choose rescue work as a career. It is also an honor to share the pages of this book with our fellow rescuers who do such amazing work for this cause.”
In addition to the work of The Wildcat Sanctuary, the book features the work of Safe Have Rescue Zoo, Big Cat Rescue, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Carolina Tiger Rescue, and Sanctuary One at Double Oak Farm. Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. In addition to the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl’s Rescue, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Sylvan Dell, some of her other recent titles include Osprey Adventure, Saving Squeak: The Otter Tale and Seahorses. Curtis resides in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets.
We are so proud of the book and its message!