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Children's Nonfiction Animal Welfare

Cat Champions

Caring for our Feline Friends

by (author) Rob Laidlaw

Pajama Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2013
Animal Welfare, Pets, Social Activists, Cats
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2013
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2013
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Meet young "Cat Champions", kids who are helping domestic and feral cats by volunteering at shelters, fostering kittens, and raising awareness about cats who need help. Learn about the issues facing our feline friends, and be inspired to become a "Cat Champion" yourself.

Around the world, young people are making a difference in the lives of cats. In Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends, meet kids who are helping at shelters, fostering kittens, volunteering with sterilization programs, and caring for abandoned cats. Animal advocate Rob Laidlaw brings readers a hopeful, inspiring look at the issues facing domesticated and feral cats, and the "Cat Champions" who are working to help them.

Informational sidebars throughout the book describe issues facing cats ("The Cat’s Out of the Bag") as well as good-news feline facts ("The Cat’s Meow").

Filled with color photographs and real-life stories, Cat Champions will inspire and empower readers of all ages.


About the author

For more than thirty years, Rob Laidlaw has devoted his life to protecting animals. He is the founder of several animal protection organizations, including Zoocheck Canada, a wildlife protection group. His special interest in dogs has led him to visit dog shelters, pounds, and rescue centers in North America, India, Thailand and Japan and several other countries. Rob started a project to bring humane dog control to remote First Nations communities in Canada, was Chief Inspector for a major urban humane society, was Project Manager for World Society for Protection of Animals. Rob resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Rob Laidlaw's profile page


  • Runner-up, OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Nonfiction Award, British Columbia
  • Short-listed, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award, English Non-Fiction
  • Short-listed, Resource Links Year's Best Selection

Editorial Reviews

About Cat Champions: Caring for Our Feline Friends

2015 OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award runner-up

2014 Red Cedar Nonfiction Award shortlist

2014 Hackmatack Children's Choice Award, English Non-Fiction shortlist

2014 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

2013 Resource Links "The Year's Best" selection

"The straightforward message, good examples and plentiful resources may well combine to inspire new advocates."—Kirkus Reviews

"The kids' actions should inspire readers to get involved with rescue efforts in their own communities. This title would be useful for its information on young people and their determination to protect cats everywhere."—School Library Journal

"[T]he book's centerpiece is the 'cat champions,' or young people (some eight or nine years old) who have gone above and beyond to make life better for felines....The list of organizations where kids can learn about ways they can help is extensive and useful."—Booklist

"The information is easily accessible and the stories are engaging and heart-warming...This is a wonderful book for any animal lover."—Resource Links Magazine

"Written in a clear unpreachy style and brimming with lovely full-colour photos, this is an ideal volume for any young cat lover..."—Quill & Quire

"Laidlaw, author of No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, now provides a book that will empower youth to help homeless cats...Attractive sidebars contain tidbits of information that will be of interest to cat lovers...Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine

"Cat lovers around the world will celebrate this well-written nonfiction selection."—Dragon Lode International Books


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