480 dogs rescued from kill shelters

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like  Duke, Donnie, Sasha, Carmilla, bonded siblings Ethan & Emma, Helena, Princess, Greggory, Ichabod, Parker, Dodger, Jinx, Rudy, bonded 15-year-old rescued together, Audrey, Monty, Stallone and Charlie (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 480 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 dogs were freed.

AND please for everyone who’s purchased a book could I humbly ask you to write a review when you’ve completed the read.  Amazon promotes and ranks books according to number of reviews in addition to sales. Every voice helps spread the word and that is an energy that can help a dog.

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My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to#1 Best Seller List in Teen & Young Adult Category and #3 in Historical Fiction Category and #24 best seller in the kindle books store.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL
AMAZON U.S.
on September 14, 2018
What attracted me to this was that the author took inspiration from Nellie Bly, who if you’re not familiar with, you should be. Nellie Bly was an investigative journalist long before that was common and certainly long before women were respected in the news circles. This book takes the time to explore a genuinely interesting and exciting time in history and it’s worth the read.
on September 23, 2018

A well-written fictional account of a young woman’s unwarranted imprisonment at Blackwell Women’s Lunatic Asylum in 1881. Told from the point-of-view of Klara Gelfman, a Russian Jew fleeing the progrom, she is thrown into the asylum after she was robbed and assaulted. Not being able to speak English, the story follows her incarceration and shows the brutal treatment the women endured. Many of them were not insane, but simply inconvenient or a threat to a man in power. But hope arrives in the form of the journalist, Nellie Bly.

There are some tough parts to read, so please note the sexual assault trigger alert, but well worth the read.

AMAZON U.K.
on 21 September 2018
This isn’t the first historical fiction book I’ve read by this author so I knew I was in for a deeply emotional read. This one shines a light on Klara who survived organised ethnic massacres (pogroms) in Kiev in 1880s, emigrated to New York and found herself in a lunatic asylum for women on Blackwell’s island, New York. Aware of reports of abuse, reporter Elizabeth Cochran goes undercover as Nellie Bly to expose what goes on inside the asylum. In there, she meets Klara, and her nightmares past and present are told. The flagrant brutality and sheer lack of humanity shows the extent to which some humans are willing to inflict pain and suffering when they know they can do it with impunity. Thankfully, the author balances off the brutality with acts of compassion, hope and human kindness. Well-researched and vividly written, which transports you into the bowels of the asylum. You’ll be glad you’re only visiting, and will be able to get out, but the images will stay with you. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction.
on 16 September 2018
A riveting and emotional read from one of my favorite authors! From the opening, shocking chapter, I couldn’t put the book down. At times it was difficult to read of the inhumane treatment of Karla, who is wrongly imprisoned in a lunatic asylum. The author brilliantly and realistically describes the horrors of everyday life in the asylum to the degree I felt I was sharing Karla’s experiences. Despite what Karla has to endure there are moments of light in the darkness, She makes friends with fellow inmates and a couple of the wardens try to make life easier. The evil wardens, both male and female, are really vile human beings and the author doesn’t shirk from revealing the shocking details of their behavior. The later chapters when Nellie enters the asylum are uplifting and provides a positive ending. I urge everyone to read this excellent book!
on 23 September 2018
Possibly not my favourite of Mahurin’s books but as always well written with a deep exploration into the human will to cope and survive inside a mental asylum in the late 19th century. Based on a true story, some scenes took my breath away at the brutality and vicious treatment of the patients made even worse as many sane young women were also incarcerated. This is not a light fluffy book, but has depth and meaning – a book worth reading and one I will remember for a long time.
bookworm81

17 September 2018

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Like all of Paulette Mahurin’s books, A Different Kind of Angel is an example of impeccably researched historical fiction. The writing is gripping and places you directly into the asylum beside Klara, resulting in an emotional and gripping journey. In many places, this is not an easy book to read- much of what Klara experienced is just so unjust and horrifying, but that makes this a very important book and one that everyone should read. A powerful work historical fiction, deeply based in fact.
Helen Devries

16 September 2018

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Escaping from a pogrom in Russia, losing her father on the ship to America, young Klara is robbed on the streets of New York. Seeking help, her inability to speak English is taken as evidence of insanity and she is thrown into the terrifying city lunatic asylum where those employed to tend to those incarcerated there taunt and torture them while those paid to supervise the establishment starve the inmates of food, deprive them of clothing and neglect their hygiene. Care is non existent, and there is no possibility of release
Yet Klara takes refuge from the terror in the memories of her family and home and gradually discovers that the broken fellow inmates have their own ways to survive and to help each other.
She is fortunate. An undercover journalist – a character based on a real person – gains access to the asylum…is herself maltreated…and the solids hit the fan….the asylum is reformed, the abuses ended.
Klara is released and finds happiness, able to celebrate the good rather than live the evil of her experiences.
Paulette Mahurin does her research well, but is so good a writer that you are borne along on the story she relates, learning almost unconsciously about the period of which she writes.
Though the issues she deals with are dark, in her books the human heart always triumphs.
on 14 September 2018

A Different Kind of Angel is a special book, the best written by Paulette Mahurin to date. As ever, the author places emotion on every page and sets her characters in an authentic historical setting. Her greatest gift, however, is to hold a mirror up to society and through her skilful storytelling invite us to reflect on what we see, in the past, the present and our vision for the future.

There is pain and suffering in this story, but there is also hope. Paulette Mahurin’s central characters always walk with a sense of dignity and display the best of humanity. Monsters walk around in all aspects of society, often in positions of power, but Paulette Mahurin’s characters demonstrate that those who suffer and endure are far bigger people than the powerbrokers. They are the people our futures depend on because they carry with them a sense decency and hope.

Fittingly, a story set in an asylum is ultimately about the power of the mind. The mind can be your worst enemy or your best friend. I urge you to read this book because you take a lot from it; A Different Kind of Angel is far more than just a spellbinding story.

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jeanniell

12 September 2018

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Reading a book by Paulette Mahurin is always an emotional experience. There are times in the middle of the story when it seems impossible to go on, so terrible are the events she relates with an empathetic intensity that turns your heart inside out. But the ending always justifies the effort, leaving you not weighed down by despair, but inspired by a feeling of hope. All the author’s novels, based on true events, re-affirm her conviction that even when humanity breaks down to its lowest level, the human spirit can still soar
This is a writer who is not afraid to tackle big subjects. Prejudice, antisemitism, slavery – Mahurin takes up arms on behalf of those who have suffered intolerance and adversity. A Different Kind of Angel is the story of 20-year-old Klara Gelfman, who escapes from the terrible pogrom of 1881 Kiev only to find herself imprisoned on arriving in the Land of the Free. Her sin? Being robbed, beaten up and left in the gutter with no way to explain to the authorities what has happened, for Klara does not speak English. So begins the terrible account of her five-year incarceration in the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island.
Mahurin tells us that the Klara of the novel is a ‘fictitious composite’ inspired by the collective stories of the 1,500 women who found themselves in this concrete fortress and whose plight was made public thanks in part to the efforts of a real-life reporter, Elizabeth Cochran, who met the real-life Klara Gelfman while on an undercover assignment inside the Asylum. The harrowing conditions–inmates are routinely starved, beaten, humiliated, brutalised and sexually abused–are brought to life by the author’s skilful pen. The wealth of detail is as vivid, as full of impact as that in a Brueghel painting; the dramatic build-up to each climactic scene almost unbearable.
But though Klara will abandon hope, touch bottom, feel she can no longer continue, she does survive, she does endure, partly through the application of her own intelligence, partly through the discovery of unexpected emotional connections with her fellow-sufferers.
Forced to sit motionless on a wooden bench along with other patients for hours at a time she remembers her father’s admonition that her mind is her best friend. She escapes into a world of imagination where the filthy stains disfiguring the prison house become marvellous flowers. Lying sleepless in the freezing dormitory while patients rant and rave and nurses and guards terrorise and abuse, she remembers what counted in her past life, the freshness and beauty of the Kiev springtime, the warmth of familial bonds, the value of simple things. She learns that ‘cruelty isn’t limited to any one category of person.’ but can, shockingly, exist in those we expect to be most nurturing; while, among the damaged, demented creatures who so terrify her when she first arrives, she discovers not only a true friend, but also ‘different kinds of angels’, all unique, with whom she is able to forge tender bonds, nurture connections vital for the fulfilment of our basic human longings: ‘to belong, to feel safe, to trust and to be understood.’
‘These simple connections ignited the resilience my soul had all but lost.’
Another wonderful, moving novel of courage and fortitude from this highly-acclaimed author.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on September 17, 2018
in an effort to understand, how such a horrendous epic in our history could have happened. The Jewish people, I believe, we’re victims of their innate goodness when they believed in their hearts, that no human being could be so truly evil, to do the horrible things the did to other human beings. This book was well written and totally believable. It touched my heart.
on September 12, 2018
Amazing story by an amazing author. The way this novel is written…you go back in time and experience the events first hand
on September 11, 2018
A eye-opening story of life in the concentration camps from a survivor. Heart-breaking and inspirational at the same time. A great example of the strength of human spirit seen through the older woman survivor’s experiences and the effect on the young woman she relayed them to.
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Duke has been rescued
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Donnie’s been rescued
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Sasha’s been rescued
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Carmilla’s been rescued
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Ethan has been rescued with his bonded sibling Emma.
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Emma rescued with bonded sibling Ethan
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Helena’s been rescued
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Princess has been rescued
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Greggory has been rescued
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Ichabod has been rescued
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Parker’s been rescued
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Dodger’s been rescued
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Jinx has been rescued
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Rudy’s been rescued
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Bonded 15-year-old brothers rescued together
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Audrey has been rescued
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Monty’s been rescued
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Monty’s bonding with and feeling the love of his new dad.
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Stallone has been rescued
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Charlie has been rescued
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About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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26 Responses to 480 dogs rescued from kill shelters

  1. tazzielove says:

    They all look so happy. And great reviews.

  2. natuurfreak says:

    Superb.I willthak you for all the things you are doing for the doys.You are a lady with the haer on the right place

  3. Those elderly brothers who lost their dad….so glad they could be rescued together. There are so many good people who never gain recognition.

  4. Those are some mighty sweet and good looking dogs. Hooray for what you do, Pauline. If only the dogs knew their guardian angel.

  5. Francina says:

    I will keep saying this over and over again, dear Paulette, you are a rescuing angel for all this dogs. Thank you. ❤️❤️

  6. Great job, Paulette! Keep up the good work.

  7. Littlesundog says:

    I always get my “love” fix here… those faces say it all!

  8. henrywest says:

    Outstanding and heartwarming as usual. Thanks for all the wonderful work you do.

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