Paperback & Kindle


Large Print

Rescue Matters! How to Find, Foster, and Rehome Companion Animals
Alpine Publications, 2009
The first comprehensive guide to rescuing all kinds of companion animals!

Foreword by Dean Koontz




Part I: People and Policies

Chapter 1: Getting Organized

Chapter 2: How You Can Help

Chapter 3: Finding, Training, and Managing Volunteers

Chapter 4: Financial and Materials Support

Chapter 5: Spreading the Word


Part II: The Animals

Chapter 6: Animals in Need

Chapter 7: Helping People with Their Pets 

Chapter 8: Health Screening for Rescue

Chapter 9: Temperament and Behavior

Chapter 10: Rehoming Rescued Pets

Chapter 11: Optimism





"Rescue Matters! should be in the library of any serious animal lover and any library catering to them." - Midwest Review of Books


"Rescue Matters should be required reading for everyone in rescue" - Susan Daffron, Founder, National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals


"Rescue Matters is an indispensable resource for anyone involved in rescue." 4 Paws out of 4 - Dog World Magazine


"...a must read for anyone that participates in rescue! 5.5 out of 5 paws!" - Kelly Drake for Animal Radio


"Rescue Matters! is the definitive guide to animal rescue. Intelligent, compassionate, practical, and comprehensive, this marvelous book is a must-read for not only for novices but for experienced rescue people as well. Superb!" - Susan Conant, author of the Holly Winter series of Dog Lover’s mysteries


"What makes this book different is the emphasis on human relationships and why good ones are critical to helping animals. From conversations with many, many pet owners over the years, I've learned that the biggest problem rescue faces today is its public image. If enough people read this book and take it to heart, Rescue Matters! has the potential for changing the way rescuers interact with people and vastly improving the overall impression the public has of rescue organizations. No one involved in rescue (or interested in becoming involved) can afford NOT to buy this book!" - Sharyn Hutchens, Whippet Rescue


"Rescue Matters is a must read for all animal rescuers. Even the most experienced rescue person will find information to help them do a better job for their organization and the animals in need... Rescue Matters should be a part of every rescuer’s equipment -right beside their cell phone, computer, leash, and treats." - Jody Young, Ridgeback Rescue of the United States, Inc.


"Rescue Matters! offers essential advice to anyone wanting to start a rescue, and worthy advice for experienced rescuers. I particularly appreciate her comments on recognizing and dealing with 'burn-out.'" - Mara Melton, Beagle Rescue in Maryland


"This will be an important book that should be in the library of everyone involved with rescue." - Liz Palika, CPDT, CABC, Award-winning author of Purebred Rescue and Dog Adoption

More pet books by Sheila

All text and images © Sheila Boneham.