Friday, November 20, 2009

Double Duty

By Brianne Harrison

Holiday shopping is about to go into full swing—so what do you get for the animal lover who has everything? How about a copy of Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health, which comes with the added bonus of helping animals in need?

Those animals are the ones currently crowding (seriously crowding!) the shelter in Darlington, South Carolina. The Darlington shelter will take in approximately 5,000 unwanted animals this year alone, and the massive influx is leading to shortages of food, medicine, space, and funds.

The plight of the Darlington shelter came to the attention of Dr. Louise Murray, author of Vet Confidential and director of medicine for the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. In an effort to help, Dr. Murray will donate all author royalties for every copy of Vet Confidential that’s sold between November 15 and December 15 to the Darlington shelter. The book is a consumer’s guide to health care for pets, covering everything from vaccines to heart conditions, with information on the risks of certain medical procedures and the types of specialists who should conduct them. This excellent resource for pet owners will now be serving double duty—helping owners learn more about their pets’ health and helping the Darlington shelter feed and house its many animals. To learn more about Vet Confidential, click here. To learn more about the Darlington shelter and how you can help, click here.

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