Former Mainer Comes Back with Something to Show

Amy Sutherland and her other, more furry selves Amy Sutherland and her other, more furry selves

Those of us who ever aspired to a career in writing have seen and heard it a hundred times: “Write what you know.” Well, successful author and former Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland volunteer, Amy Sutherland, knows shelter pets. And that’s what she’s written about, in her newest book, Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes.

Go to her Book Talk and Author Meet & Greet at the ARLGP’s new facility at 217 Landing Road in Westbrook on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. to have a book signed and hear her discuss her experience, in all its breadth and depth, with animals who need new families (‘humanless,’ not so much ‘homeless,’ she says). RSVP for the event at

The book itself contains a wealth of anecdotes and information, not only from the Boston Globe columnist’s personal experience with institutionalized animals, but also regarding shelter practices nationwide, keys to understanding the behavior of needy dogs, even tidbits about famous canines from history, like Bummer and Lazarus, San Francisco’s famous 19th-century strays; Sido, the sheltie mix who inspired the ‘no-kill’ movement; and Sallie, the Civil War dog who played a part in the Battle of Gettysburg. Of course, Sutherland’s most heartfelt tales come from her time raising Penny Jane, the incredibly skittish stray from a Maine farm who tested the author to the limits of her patience before the two of them fell in love forever. And on top of all that, you’ll get to see landmarks in the Portland area mentioned in a national memoir, not an altogether common experience thus far.

Longfellow Books has jumped in to have plenty of copies of Rescuing Penny Jane on hand at their Monument Square location, and they’re proud of the partnership. Twenty percent of all proceeds from copies of the book sold at their store for the event will go to benefit the ARLGP and the animals that are there, waiting for you.

For more information: (207) 854-9771

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