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.
- 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
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
Other titles by Rob Laidlaw
The Dog Patrol
Our Canine Companions and the Kids Who Protect Them
Defending the Ninjas of the Night
Wild Animals in Captivity
The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity
Saving Lives and Changing Hearts
Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers
No Shelter Here
Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs
The Hidden World of Animals in Entertainment