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NEWS – For Immediate Release

An imprint of Word Forge Books
P.O. Box 97 • Ferndale, PA 18921
Phone: 610.847.2456
Fax: 610.847.8220
Web: wordforgebooks.com
Email: publicity@wordforgebooks.com

Contact: Mary Shafer, Publisher
Phone: 610-847-2456 • publicity@wordforgebooks.com

5 Hopeful Ways to Celebrate “Prevent Animal Cruelty” Month

FERNDALE, Pa. – April is National Prevent Cruelty to Animals Month in the United States, and there are many ways you can observe this hope-filled event. Enspirio House, an imprint of independent publisher Word Forge Books, takes a cue from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in urging people to get actively involved. Raise awareness of this all-too-often hidden problem by helping spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers. Following are five things you can do right now to get started:

  1. Get Between the Covers – Give someone a copy of Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them. This 128-page softcover, published by Enspirio House and retailing for $12.95, brings attention to the plight of physically handicapped companion animals through eleven true-life, thought-provoking stories. The typical SPCA facility has an average of 300 to 500 animals sheltered at any given time. Of these, usually about ten percent have some type of disability, making them less likely to be adopted into a loving home. This book helps people give some thought to the real value of these creatures, and advocates adopting instead of throwing them away. It offers a hopeful look at relations between the species through true, uplifting stories of animals who have overcome physical handicaps to inspire their human companions. Almost Perfect is available online at www.almostperfectbook.com, or by calling toll-free 888-320-WORD (9673).
  2. Go Orange for Animals – Wear the ASPCA’s signature color, orange, as often as possible this month. Wear an orange armband or make yourself an orange pin or button that says “Ask Me About Orange.” When people ask, explain to them the meaning of the month and ask them to make a donation to their local animal shelter. Better yet, make it easy for them: Identify your closest shelter, address envelopes to them, and hand them out with a slip of paper inside explaining how to donate.
  3. Light Up Your Town – Call your city council and find out how to get prominent buildings and landmarks to light up orange. It could be your town hall, local businesses, schools, libraries, museums, baseball fields…you name it. Let them know that last year New York, Chicago and many other cities lit up. Even Niagara Falls went orange! Nothing’s impossible.
  4. Become an ASPCA Ambassador – Create your own grassroots event, inviting friends and family to sponsor your efforts on behalf of the ASPCA. Whether you decide to run a marathon for animals, plan a pet parade or have an orange bake sale, your grassroots fundraising efforts will help this worthy organization achieve its goal to end animal cruelty and find permanent, loving homes for America’s adoptable pets. Learn more about how to do this at www.aspcaambassadors.org.
  5. Give a Homeless Pet a Second Chance – Sponsor an advertisement in your community paper for a local shelter animal who needs a home. You can even ask to feature a photo of the animal wearing an orange bow—either real or graphically created. Make sure the ad says that you sponsored that animal for ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month,’ and encourage others to do the same.

These are just a few ideas. How you decide to recognize this observance is limited only by your imagination and creativity. The important thing is to get out there and do something. Be a voice for those without one, in the effort to put an end to animal cruelty.

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NEWS – For Immediate Release

An imprint of Word Forge Books
P.O. Box 97 • Ferndale, PA 18921
Phone: 610.847.2456
Fax: 610.847.8220
Web: wordforgebooks.com
Email: publicity@wordforgebooks.com

Contact: Mary Shafer, Publisher
Phone: 610-847-2456 • publicity@wordforgebooks.com

“Almost Perfect” Entertains, Inspires: New Anthology Reveals Healing Power of Pets With Disabilities

FERNDALE, PA – Word Forge Books, an independent publisher located in upper Bucks County, has released its first nonfiction anthology, Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them. The 128-page volume collects the works of eleven writers from three countries, who share their true-life tales of the wonder brought into their lives by disabled companion animals. It is being released under the publisher’s Enspirio House imprint, and was recently featured in Publishers Weekly, the industry’s trade journal.

Readers of Almost Perfect will follow the lives of nearly a dozen amazing animals who—through birth or injury—have been rendered less than perfect, and their transformative effect on the humans who love and welcome them into their hearts and homes. Through many different writing styles—some witty, some whimsical, others reflective but all engaging—these stories allow readers to share the immeasurable rewards these people have found.

The book is the brainchild of and is edited by Ferndale author Mary Shafer, whose blind cat, Idgie, is featured in one of the essays. “I am constantly inspired by her courage and indefatigable spirit,” Shafer says of the small, gray cat who was born without eyes. “So many people feel sorry for her, but that’s just the point: They shouldn’t. She’s never had eyes, so she doesn’t miss seeing. She has no idea she’s missing anything, and so to watch her squeeze every ounce of joy out of every day really makes you stop and re-think things when you’re tempted to feel sorry for yourself. I wanted to share that inspiration with others, and that’s how the book came to be.”

The book shares the courage of Colbi, a blind Alaskan Husky, who trades a hellish life in a puppy mill for the challenges of life on a farm. Inspiration comes from Ruby, the irrepressible Labrador-Doberman mix who adapts to a devastating muscle-eating disease by learning to “roll with the punches.” Cagney, the paraplegic rat, struggles along with his human “mom” through her Master’s thesis. The joyous and graceful Tux, a handsome black-and-white cat, navigates a life of almost complete paralysis. Almost Perfect inspires through these and more true, heartwarming stories of animals who have overcome physical limitations to share happy, full lives with their human companions.

The book is available through the publisher’s website at wordforgebooks.com or by calling toll-free 888-320 WORD (9673). Local callers can call 610-847-2456.

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