January has been a good month for 53 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 Kash,  Bandit, Andretti, River, Snowflake, Rufus, Marvin, Cheyenne, Lilly & her 4 puppies, Misty, Rio, bonded sisters Dolly & Beijing, PinMin, Princess, another Princess, Gulliver, Minnie, Faith, Brownie, Diva, Maxine, Peachez, Norman, Caspian, Sofia, Kobe, Baldwin, Wiler, bonded buddies Sioux & Angel, Noland, Rufus, Theo, Sarah, Dempsey, Milky, Jacques, Kate, Biscuit, Francis, Atticus, Ruby, Luna, Matilda, Winnie, Claudia, Sabrina, Gucci, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2019 53 dogs have been rescued. In 2018 670 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.
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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Sherrie Hansen

January 8, 2019

In A Different Kind of Angel, the horrific crimes committed against Russian Jews during the Kiev pogrom become very personal as seen through the eyes of Klara, a young woman whose happy family life was shattered one day in 1881. When she escapes to the USA, all seems well until the American dream fails her in an epic way and she is unfairly committed to the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Her life becomes a new kind of nightmare, full of atrocities that were thankfully punctuated with connections and kindnesses from friend Catherine and the occasional nurse or fellow patient, as well as her own resilient spirit. This book is a testament to survival and dreams that somehow find a way to come true even in the face of untold suffering. Inspiring, eye-opening, well-written – a definite must-read you won’t be able to put down.
on January 2, 2019
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That’s what Klara Gelfman, a recent immigrant from Kiev, Russia quickly learned just weeks after arriving in New York City in 1882. She had barely survived the brutal massacre of her entire family in 1881 after the assassination of Czar Alexander II. After that horrific pogrom, she escaped to America. . .the land of the free. . .which promised safety from the tyrannical oppression of the Southern-Russian Worker’s Union. Before she even got the chance to start her new life, she found herself cast into the living hell of the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island with no hope of ever escaping that nightmare. Her crime – the inability to communicate in the English language. After years in that inhumane place, Klara felt that “Life had become a chain with links made of misery”.

I shed a lot of tears throughout Klara’s story. Author, Paulette Mahurin, wove this tale as if she had experienced each physical and mental torture herself. Reading about the madness perpetrated by the lunatic nurses and guards upon all of the helpless inmates in that hospital for the insane had me helplessly raging against the unfairness of it all. Even those inmates who were sane when they arrived (and there were far too many) had little hope of retaining any normal state of mind after so much exposure to such unthinkable conditions as were forced upon them there. As Klara put it: “Too little nourishment. Cold rooms and cold, filthy bathwater. Lumpy, stained, withered mattresses and paper-thin, dirty blankets, hours of sitting on hard benches in silence. Physical and emotional wounds inflicted at the whim of the nurses and guards.” Klara and all the other unfortunate souls trapped in that wicked place endured that and much, much worse.

This book is a stark reminder that since time immemorial – places and inhabitants of this world have always been fraught with misery and cruelty. But it also shines a light on the idea that even in the vilest conditions, friendships can blossom and the human spirit can find a way to survive. As Klara saw it: “. . .those women met some of my most basic longings: to belong, to feel safe, to trust, and to be understood. It seemed so contradictory that I had moments of feeling safe when surrounded by so much brutality. But I did. These simple connections ignited the resilience my soul had all but lost. And I was better for it.”

Mahurin’s story reminds us that the goodness of just one person can bring a spark of light into a hopeless life and that one must never lose hope for some kind of happy ending. I highly recommend that you read A Different Kind Of Angel.

Amazon Customer

31 January 2019

A Different Kind of Angel is a dark story very well written. Oddly written out of chronological sequence, which makes the story more suspenseful as a result. Not only a suspenseful story, the characters are real and believable, and I hoped against hope that there would come the end to their ordeal. The eclectic cast of characters, the key characters around which the story is focussed, and those who are probably insane but still have humanity, are what makes A Different Kind of Angel notably powerful.
A Different Kind of Angel: A Novel

Paulette Mahurin (Goodreads Author)


OMalleycat‘s review

Jan 12, 2019
really liked it ****


Gripping novel exposing the patients received in late 19th century hospitals for the mentally ill, not to mention those hospitalized who were NOT mentally ill but victims of abusive policing and unable to speak English, as the protagonist is. She meets other patients who are merely inconvenient for powerful men and warehoused to keep them away from public notice. In 1887 Nellie Bly went undercover as a reporter in the hospital that’s the setting. She’s a character in the book, but mostly it’s about Klara who survived a pogrom in Russia only to be hospitalized and held in wretched conditions as an immigrant in the U.S.


kelly cepil

January 25, 2019

Very good book. Recommend highly. Really didn’t need the introduction with the student in the house, or the ending with her. But other than that worth reading.
Marina Osipova

January 12, 2019

The author, Paulette Mahurin, takes the reader on a tragic but life-celebrating ride. Emotionally charged, it presents a gut-wrenching fate of two generations of German Jews – Helen’s once happy family. With Hitler coming to power, her life inevitably changes to the horror of losing her loved ones, then hiding from being sent to a concentration camp and then, not able to escape the inevitable, to the atrocities of Auschwitz where she is brutally forced to make dehumanizing choices.
The sequence of events that shaped Germany into the despotic state and corrupted its population is expertly and unobtrusively woven into the well-paced narrative. I would consider this book educational for a reader who is not deeply familiar with the Holocaust. Highly recommended for the general readership.

January 7, 2019

As with all of the author’s books, this one digs into human emotions that help a person survive tragedies. And what greater tragedy has occurred in modern times than the ill treatment of those imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camps? The prisoners are seen are real and vulnerable, doing what they had to do to shut out the horrors of the war. Some cannot cope, but others like Helen can hide them inside so they don’t make her become a monster like those who imprisoned her. The emotions are raw and beautiful at the same time. A well written and touching story.

13 January 2019

I cannot stop reading about this subject in history and this book has really opened my eyes about what happened.
mick burridge. Susan burridge

10 January 2019

Unbelievable suffering, although you know what happened during these times, one persons remarkable story Written so well brings the hardships home to you.

9 January 2019

A brave account of the horrific events endured by a young female Auschwitz survivor. Deeply moving heart breaking tale of bravery, loss and survival.
Steph Steptoe

5 January 2019

Absolutely loved this book. The story was told in a very human way. How anyone emerged from that horror to be a kind and loving person again is a mystery to me. An inspirational story!

Elise Moss

Jan 01, 2019 Elise Moss rated it **** really liked it
As with all books about the Holocaust, there were many disturbing moments but ultimately, her resolve to make it through despite all of her loss made it a really enjoyable story.

2 January 2019

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Kash has been rescued
Kash freedom
Kash’s freedom photo
Bandit rescued 2019-01-03 at 6.44.06 AM
Bandit has been rescued
Bandit 2 freedom
Bandit’s freedom photo


andretti rescued 2019-01-03 at 10.04.28 am

Andretti has been rescued


andretti freedom photo w: new sibling

Andretti’s freedom photo with new sibling


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River has been rescued


river freedom

River’s freedom photo


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Snowflake has been rescued


snowflake freedom ride


Snowflake’s freedom photo


rufus 3 rescued 2019-01-05 at 8.28.01 am

Rufus has been rescued


rufus 3 freedom

Rufus’ standing tall freedom photo


marvin 2 rescued 2019-01-05 at 8.30.54 am

Marvin has been rescued


marvin 2 freedom

Marvin’s freedom photo

cheyenne rescued 2019-01-06 at 11.13.40 am

Cheyenne has been rescued

cheyenne freedom

Cheyenne’s freedom photo

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Lilly has been rescued with her four puppies


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Lilly and her 4 puppies freedom photo

misty 5 rescued 2019-01-07 at 8.16.26 am

Misty has been rescued

misty 5 freedom

Misty’s freedom photo

rio rescued screen shot 2019-01-07 at 8.30.07 am

Rio has been rescued

rio freedom


Rio’s freedom photo


dolly 2 & beijing rescued together screen shot 2019-01-07 at 7.38.48 pm

Bonded sisters Dolly & Beijing have been rescued together.

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Dolly & Beijing Kennel information


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Dolly & Beijing’s freedom photo


pinmin aka mackey rescued 2019-01-09 at 7.15.56 am

PinMin has been rescued

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PinMin’s freedom photo thriving at the vet’s.


princess 7 rescued 2019-01-09 at 7.27.06 am

Princess has been rescued

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Princess’ kennel information

princess 7 freedom

Princess’ freedom photo


princess 8 rescued 2019-01-11 at 7.46.25 am

Princess has been rescued


princess 8 freedom

Princess’ freedom photo


gulliver 2 rescued 2019-01-11 at 12.58.02 pm

Gulliver has been rescued


gulliver 2 freedom

Gulliver’s freedom photo


minnie 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-12 at 6.42.04 am

Minnie has been rescued

minnie 3 freedom

Minnie’s freedom photo


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Faith has been rescued

faith 4 freedom

Faith’s freedom photo

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Brownie has been rescued


brownie 5 freedom

Brownie’s free


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Diva has been rescued


diva freedom

Diva’s freedom photo


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Maxine has been rescued

maxine freedom

Maxine’s freedom photo


peachez rescued screen shot 2019-01-15 at 6.01.05 am

Peachez has been rescued


peachez freedom

Peachez’s freedom photo

norman 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-15 at 4.05.03 pm

Norman has been rescued


norman 3 freedom

Norman’s freedom photo

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Caspian has been rescued


caspian freedom

Caspian’s freedom photo


sofia 2 rescued

Sofia has been rescued

sofia 2 freedom

Sofia’s freedom photo


kobe 2 rescued 2019-01-18 at 8.02.04 am

Kobe has been rescued


kobe 2 freedom

Kobe’s freedom photo


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Baldwin has been rescued

baldwin freedom

Baldwin’s freedom photo


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Wiler’s been rescued

wiler freedom

Wiler’s freedom photo


wiler with new mom

Wiler with new mom


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Sioux has been rescued with bonded mate Angel


sioux freedom

Sioux’s freedom photo

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Angel has been rescued


angel 3 freedom

Angel’s freedom photo

buddie's sioux & angel 3 happy to be free together

Bonded buddies Sioux and Angel are so happy to be free together


noland 2 rescued 2019-01-18 at 10.56.33 am

Noland has been rescued

noland 2 freedom

Noland’s freedom photo


rufus 4 rescued screen shot 2019-01-21 at 8.43.15 am

Rufus’ has been rescued

rufus 4 freedom

Rufus’ freedom photo

theo kennel photo before rescue

Theo’s been rescued

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Theo’s kennel information


theo freedom

Theo’s freedom photo


sarah 2 rescued screen shot 2019-01-22 at 7.43.25 am

Sarah has been rescued


sarah 2 freedom

Sarah’s freedom photo with new sibling


dempsey 2 rescued 2019-01-23 at 7.59.55 am

Dempsey has been rescued

dempsey 2 freedom

Dempsey’s freedom photo

milky rescued 2019-01-23 at 8.14.06 am

Milky has been rescued

milky freedom

Milky’s freedom photo


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Jacques the elder has been rescued


jacques freedom

Jacques’ freedom photo. Now that’s one happy face.


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Kate has been rescued

kate freedom

Kate’s freedom photo

biscuit 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-26 at 6.39.44 pm

Biscuit has been rescued

biscuit 3 freedom

Biscuit’s freedom photo

francis 1 rescued screen shot 2019-01-28 at 8.17.20 am

Francis has been rescued

francis 1 freedom car ride

Francis’ freedom ride

francis 1 freedom at vet

Francis’s freedom photo. At the vet pre-surgery being taken very good care of.

atticus rescued screen shot 2019-01-28 at 8.24.00 am

Atticus has been rescued

atticus freedom photo

Atticus’ freedom photo

ruby 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-28 at 9.25.12 am

Ruby’s been rescued

ruby 3 freedom

Ruby’s freedom photo

luna 4 rescued screen shot 2019-01-28 at 9.36.15 am

Luna has been rescued

luna 4 freedom

Luna’s freedom photo

matilda 2 rescued screen shot 2019-01-28 at 4.30.59 pm

Matilda has been rescued

matilda 2 freedom photo

Matilda’s freedom photo


winnie 2 rescued 2019-01-29 at 2.11.45 pm

Winnie has been rescued

winnie 2 freedom

Winnie’s freedom photo

claudia rescued screen shot 2019-01-30 at 7.23.53 am

Claudia has been rescued

claudia freedom

Claudia’s freedom photo


sabrina 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-30 at 8.50.30 am

Sabrina has been rescued

sabrina 3 freedom

Sabrina’s freedom photo



Gucci has been rescued


Gucci’s freedom photo

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)

29 Responses to January has been a good month for 53 dogs rescued from kill shelters

  1. tazzielove says:

    Great start to the year. For the dogs and your books.

  2. How to start off the year!

  3. Jean-Jacques says:

    Bravo! Great way to start the year…

  4. Pingback: January has been a good month for 53 dogs rescued from kill shelters – ❧Defining Ways❧

  5. So happy for those pups. Bravo to you.

  6. A month when dogs need rescuing! Well done.

  7. Francina says:

    That is great news, dear Paulette. I am so happy for you. Those dogs look all adorable.. You are an angel.. Stay safe ❤️

  8. What a great start to the year Paulette!! 🐶

  9. Love to see them all so relieved and happy and you are an Angel, dear Paulette, you made it all happen💗Extra Pawkisses for a Wonderful Day🐾😽💞

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and loving support. And your heartwarming pawkisses. Really though, I am a small part of a very big effort by a large group working together to help save the dogs. I’m happy to do my small bit. Many warm pawkisses right back to you two. ❤️🐾

  10. natuurfreak2 says:

    I’m so happy to read this post.Wish you great things in 2019 and thank you to for all the work
    you are doing for he dogs

  11. Excellent!💕💕💓👍👍

  12. BroadBlogs says:

    Keep up the great work!

  13. Excellent! Best wishes for your work and continued successes.❤

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