Help Wanted – Animal rescuers needed for feedback

I have a problem and I’m hoping there are a few animal rescuers out there that can help me.

As you know, I’m writing a novel called The Patron Saint of Dogs. It’s about an animal rescuer named Grace who is obsessed with saving as many dogs and cats as she can.

It’s my way of helping abandoned pets because I’m too sensitive to work in shelters. Like Grace, I’d want to adopt them all, would grieve over every one euthanized, and go ballistic on their abusers.

I have done a lot of research about the pet crisis and animal rescuers. I’m trying hard to accurately portray their world while still creating a fictional character suffering for her cause.

But I need their help and feedback on the novel to ensure I’ve got it right.

Now keep in mind that Grace is not meant to represent every animal rescuer. Bullied as a child, she shies away from people and prefer pets instead. They’re kinder, love her unconditionally and she relates to them more.

Grace suffers from depression and anxiety, as well as compassion fatigue – which you can read more about here on my website.

The first half of the novel is currently being revised. I’ve just uploaded new drafts of the first five chapters, and hope to have updates on the remaining nine chapters over the next week.

So if you are an animal rescuer or advocate, and think you might enjoy this novel, please help me portray these brave, unsung heroes of the pet crisis properly.

You can read the novel free of charge here on my website and leave comments below each chapter or email them to me.

You’ll also be helping the cause. When the novel is published, a portion of each sale will be donated to pet shelters and animal rescue groups around the world. See my webpage — A Promise — for details.

It’s a win-win situation I hope you’ll love being a part of.

Thanks and have a great day,

Colleen 🙂

Contact me at

About The Patron Saint of Dogs
Writing The Patron Saint of Dogs is my way of helping to save abused and abandoned dogs and cats in the real world. A portion of every sale will be donated to animal rescue organizations in Canada and around the world. My name is Colleen MacDougall and I was a dog walker and pet sitter for 11 years. Many of the furry characters in this book are reincarnations of wonderful animals I was able to know, love and help, especially Jules, who is Grace's partner-in-crime now, but was my furbaby and the very first person I hope to see in that great off-leash park in dog heaven.

If you like The Patron Saint of Dogs, please share it. All feedback is welcome.

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