“Stray” – A Shelter Veterinarian’s Reflection On Triumph And Tragedy(Black & White, soft cover, Edition)

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Praise for Doctor Dena Mangiamele’s Stray: This book is a straightforward and at times hard-hitting narrative of an animal shelter veterinarian in the late 1990’s in one of the largest animal control departments in the country, the City of Los Angeles. Doctor Mangiamele relates her journey concerning shelter animals and the people that care for them as she works in six City animal shelters. Never before has a reader had the opportunity to explore the inner workings of an animal shelter during the height of pet over population—and to learn about the post traumatic stress this work creates for employees, rescuers, and adopters. The City of Los Angeles—with its ethnic diversity, wide range of socioeconomic status, local community influences, and celebrities—serves as the backdrop for each chapter. The animal characters are sometimes loving and comic, sometimes dangerous, and often misunderstood. The human characters are dedicated and at times unconventional in their actions and ideas. This book is by no means an easy journey for the reader. These stories are filled with realism that will empower you, fill you with joy, make you cry, make you angry, and maybe change your views; but they will be stories you will cherish. Doctor Dena exhibits courage and honesty as her experiences and stories bring the reader into the true world of animal control. If you have ever loved an animal, or respected someone for doing a job you could never do, this is the book for you.

4 reviews for “Stray” – A Shelter Veterinarian’s Reflection On Triumph And Tragedy(Black & White, soft cover, Edition)

  1. Dena Mangiamele, DVM, MPVM, MFS

    Loved this book. I read it in 2 sittings and laughed cried and learned so much from Dena’s wisdom and easy narrative. It is a jewel for us animal lovers.

  2. Dena Mangiamele, DVM, MPVM, MFS

    Dena is brilliant. A MUST READ for anyone who wants to be a vet, especially a shelter vet!

  3. Dena Mangiamele, DVM, MPVM, MFS

    Well written, uncompromising, inspiring and filled with important anecdotes. STRAY is an important read for anyone working in the shelter system, and any aspiring veterinarian, period. But it’s also essential reading for anyone interested in what life is really like out there on the front lines of companion animal overpopulation and care.

  4. Dena Mangiamele, DVM, MPVM, MFS

    Stray: A Shelter Veterinarian’s Reflection on Triumph and Tragedy was a WONDERFUL read!!!! Doctor Dena’s true account of her years as the former Chief Veterinarian for the city of Los Angeles is an amazing tale of the inner workings in an animal shelter. This excellent book shares the reality of pet overpopulation, yet gives a hopeful and realistic look at how we as pet lovers can help with this important dilemma. It is an easy read with many very interesting stories of loving animals and the people who came into contact with them. I was completely intrigued with the stories of celebrity adoptions from her shelters and cried as I read about “the one that got away”. This is a must read for anyone who is a pet lover! I highly recommend this honest and well written book! You won’t be disappointed!

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