Creator of “Mutts” has some “Shelter Stories”

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John Woestendiek, our colleague at the Baltimore Sun and the author of a blog called Mutts, has spotlighted the creator of a comic with the same name. Patrick McDonnell, who draws ‘Mutts,’ has a new book out that features his comic strips alongside the stories of animals adopted from shelters.

‘Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed.’ is a collection of more than 100 of McDonnell’s ‘Shelter Stories’ strips, accompanied by photos of 70 rescued animals -- dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds. The book also includes a reference guide with tips for adopting the right pet and a list of useful website links. About 7.5 million adopted dogs and 16.2 million adopted cats live in U.S. homes; yet another 6 million find themselves in shelters every year, about half of whom are euthanized. McDonnell’s book contains an introduction by Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, an organization on whose board of directors McDonnell serves. His official website,, receives roughly 1 million visits each month. The book is available from Andrews McMeel Publishing. -- Alice Short Cover photo courtesy of Andrews McMeel Publishing