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Shelf Life: Author uses book tour to raise money and awareness for felines

2013-07-14T09:30:00Z 2013-07-17T17:26:06Z Shelf Life: Author uses book tour to raise money and awareness for felinesJane Ammeson Times Correspondent
July 14, 2013 9:30 am  • 

Prudence, the heroine of "Love Saves the Day" (Bantam 2013; $26), is only five weeks old, but she’s wise enough to recognize that Sarah is definitely the human she’ll adopt. So, the brown tabby and the human bond, and for three years their routinue develops -- one of laughs, music, catnaps and tuna all of which give Prudence the peace and comfort she so enjoys.

But things drastically change when Sarah goes away one day not to come back and her daughter Laura, a young corporate attorney, and her husband arrive instead. Now Prudence must retrain these people who don’t seem to know such feline basics as cats eat before humans, while Laura, who often had a stormy relationship with her mother, must deal with her high pressure job and the memories she has of her mother.

Written by New York Times bestselling author and animal rights advocate Gwen Cooper, who also authored "Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale," or "How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat" about her experiences adopting a blind kitty who no one else wanted. Cooper is not embarking on a traditional book tour but instead is visiting 20 some no-kill animal shelters around the country to highlight that animal welfare is also human welfare, as well as to raise money for the shelters.

“There’s been an overwhelming response from readers who want to get involved themselves,” said Cooper about the tour, which is being sponsored by Arm & Hammer Ultra Last Clumping Cat Litter – they’re also donated 500 pounds of kitty litter to each of the shelters on the tour. “We now have hundreds of offers of donations of food and blankets and toys. I have a lot of readers who have small businesses where they make cat blankets and cat toys or they grow catnip and things like that. So I’ve just been receiving dozens and dozens of offers.”

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