The Dog Who Rescues Cats by Philip Gonzalez and Leonore Fleischer  » Books  »
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  • Struggling with depression after a bad construction accident that had cost him the use of his right arm, he did not believe he could take care of a pet
  • Very soon, walking his new dog, he noticed her interest in stray cats
  • Some cases of animal cruelty mentioned in the book are unbelievable as well (unfortunately, any animal lover has his or her share of them)

    • by Lorianna
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      This book is absolutely amazing. Philip Gonzalez shares the true story of his dog, Ginny, a little mix-breed he had adopted from a pet shelter. Ginny turned out to have an extraordinary gift: not only she loves cats, she always finds and rescues those of them who are hurt, injured, or disabled - in other words, those who need help the most. Philip Gonzalez, by his own admission, did not care much for cats when he had first adopted Ginny.

      In fact, he did not even think he wanted a dog. Struggling with depression after a bad construction accident that had cost


      him the use of his right arm, he did not believe he could take care of a pet. A friend persuaded Philip to go to the animal shelter, and he ended up falling in love with Ginny and taking her home.

      Very soon, walking his new dog, he noticed her interest in stray cats. Ginny would pull on the leash to get to them and start grooming them and playing with them. Somehow, cats instantly trusted her, too.

      Philip started taking cat food with him on their walks and feeding the strays. Then he decided to adopt a kitten - for Ginny.


      • She was allowed to choose one herself at the animal shelter, and of all the kittens she picked one who was deaf.

        Thus began Philip’s new life. He soon realized that Ginny was on a mission. Starved and abused herself by her previous owner, she knew what suffering was like, and was determined to ease it for others.

        The next cat she demanded to adopt had a bad eye, swollen shut; it had to be surgically removed. Then there was a cat who had no back feet. Then a kitten who could not walk because of a rare brain disorder.

        Philip and

        Ginny became a cat rescue team. Ginny would find injured, sick, starved strays, and Philip would take them to the vet and later on try to find them a home. Those who were “unadoptable” due to some permanent damage or disfigurement he would keep.

        Ginny had turned him into a devoted cat lover. I finished the book in one evening. The rescue stories are fascinating, some of them unbelievable.

        Some cases of animal cruelty mentioned in the book are unbelievable as well (unfortunately, any animal lover has his or her share of them). I wish more of us felt about abandoned stray animals the way Ginny does.




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