What we’re reading

The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love by Melissa Fay Greene:  A revolutionary service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life.

Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself by Julie Barton: An honest and moving memoir about a young woman’s battle with depression, and how her dog saved her life.


Pet podcasts

Check out the “Pet Dilemmas” episode of the popular New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars,” or explore more pet podcast recommendations here


Where to adopt

BARCS, the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc., is a great place to adopt a rescue dog or cat. BARCS takes in homeless and unwanted animals across the city, and works to find them new homes. They say their “mission is to provide sanctuary for all animals and to promote a more humane community.”

The Maryland SPCA, or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is another great place to adopt a pet – you can browse adoptable dogs and cats right on their website.  They describe their mission as “to improve the lives of pets and people in the community. There is never a time limit for how long an animal can remain in our care.”