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Barbara Pierce emphasizes the responsibilities of pet ownership in new book

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My eyes were really opened to the plight of some animals.

Of the 6-8 million animals entering shelters across the country each year, an estimated 1.8 million are family pets being surrendered.

Barbara Pierce’s new children’s book, “The Perfect Place for Toodles,” is a touching reminder of the pain caused to animals when owners fail to live up to their responsibilities to them.

In “The Perfect Place for Toodles,” Pierce tells the story of stray kitten Toodles and his journey through adoption, growth and ultimate independence.

The inspiration for Toodles’ story resulted from Pierce’s visit to the Jersey Shore, where she found a large commune of stray cats living under the boardwalk.

“My eyes were really opened to the plight of some animals,” Pierce said.

“The Perfect Place for Toodles” relays the important message to children that having a pet requires great responsibility, and that they, too, have needs and feelings.

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The Perfect Place for Toodles
By Barbara A. Pierce
ISBN: 978-1-48367-798-9
Available in soft cover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris

About the author
Barbara A. Pierce has a bachelor’s degree from Cheyney State University, and a master’s degree in education and reading from The College of New Rochelle. Before retiring, she taught students at Columbus Elementary School in Mount Vernon for 35 years. Pierce now spends much of her time volunteering in a read-a-loud program at Grimes Elementary School in Mount Vernon, N.Y., as well as writing children’s books. She has published nine books, and is currently writing her 10th.


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