104 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 Victoria, Tyler, Lola, Romeo, another Tyler, Payne, Osiris, Tebow, Champ, Brantley, Scout, Bailey, Belvedere, Helena, Primrose, Rocky, Brooke, McCoy, Bianca, Gee Gee, Nicholas, Alexander, Jonas, bonded elderly siblings Lady & Dutchess, bonded siblings Ivy & Iris, Gertie, Rocky, Kobe, Ally, Riley, elderly Sheldon, Baby, Courtney, Cosello, Tommy, Juno, Draco, bonded siblings Monticello & Fremont, Cupid, Addison, bonded siblings Brandon & Brooklyn, Negra and Jackson, bonded puppy siblings Bella & Beatrice, Beethoven, Titus, Cannoli, Dirt (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2019 104 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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S. Schinder

February 8, 2019

This heart wrenching piece exposing a critical piece of not only American but world history is lyrically written and speaks to the soul. All you feminists, human rights activists, humans in general, this read is for you! Composed beautifully. A+

February 8, 2019

A harrowing and riveting portrayal of Jewish refugee from the Russian pogroms of 1881. Klara Gelfman’s loses her father during her voyage to New York. Alone and with little English she is mugged and accused of being a prostitute she lands in Blackwell Island Lunatic Asylum. In the asylum for five long years she exposed to the worse and the best of the human condition.

It is a heart-wrenching to read about the horrid, inhumane and violent treatment of the patients in Blackwell. However, it is also a testimony of the strength of the human spirit to rise, survive and find strength in one another.

Paulette Mahurin did an amazing job in capturing the history Blackwell Island. The story is richly researched, well-written, emotive, inspirational, and unforgettable. I highly recommend this book!

Josephine Clinquant Bird

February 6, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

It is not difficult to be horrified by the level of cruelty that humans will inflict on one another, especially where prejudice and power are involved. There is much in this book that tells of the trauma, the emotional and physical scarring, and the horrors experienced by the victims of such torture experienced not only by those who survived the government pogroms against the Jews in late 19th century Russia, but also by those exposed to the depths of degradation meted out to those who found themselves inside the cruel, cold walls of the notorious Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum in New York.

Based on the true story of Nellie Bly’s infiltration of the asylum and subsequent exposure of the abuses and brutality that occurred there, and on the experiences of many who fled Russia in the hope of making a new life in America, ‘A Different Kind of Angel’ tells the stories of Klara Gelfman and the other women she meets inside that institution.

The book certainly has its dark moments, but it also gives emphasis to the resilience and kindness of people like Klara and her friends Catherine and Nellie. These women are inspirational in their ability to rise above the pain and muck time and time again, reminders to us all of the power of encouragement and kindness in the face of hostility and fear.

Mahurin tells a compelling story. The characters are strongly drawn, and the depictions of the various behaviours of the inmates of the asylum are vivid and, one suspects, based on careful study and research. At no time is the narrative insensitive to the plight of the insane, nor to the individual qualitiies of each woman and her mental illness. The reader has a strong sense of how their lives and conditions could be vastly different given proper care, nutrition and some kindness, and feels deeply grateful to the few souls who showed these women as much compassion as they were able to.

Overall, the story is more encouraging than depressing, and most enlightening. Despite the darkness, the message of the story is positive and empowering, especially for those enduring some kind of misery or darkness in their own lives.



27 February 2019

I read this book, attached to the historical aspect around the upheaval in Russia and the persecution of Jews in the years around 1887. I can only add to all the other reviews that this is a brilliantly, beautifully written story that is both tough and ugly to wrap your head around, but also a heartwarming ‘testimony’ to the resilience of anyone victimised Love can work wonders even under the saddest, most horrific circumstances! If you are not sure about this book – just read it. It is quite simply marvellous.

2 February 2019

The suffering that 20 year old Klara Gelfman endured at the hands of those who believed they were superior, is a reminder that no man is better than his neighbour. But where there is hardship and evil, there is always compassion and light – and this book expresses both. Very hard to read in places, heart wrenching and emotional, but it is extremely well written and well researched. I shall be reading more from this author.



February 28, 2019

The title kind of reveals the story , foreshadowing what is going to happen; this makes the novel extremely transparent in its intentions. This is a book about a journey, more than an outcome. It’s about both rebirth and death. It’s also realistically written and heartfelt, although you’ll want to tear your hair out reading about the misfortunes that just seem to pile up on our protagonists.

February 22, 2019

Although the ending is sad, the story has an optimistic tone. Sarah has gone through a lot at a young age, but she sees the bright side of life. Despite of her own condition, she reaches out to love and to help another person like her. It is painful to read through the details of Sarah and Ben feeling ill and getting treatments, but the sadness can be offset by their love and Sarah’s cheerfulness. Other than the cancer, the two also have to deal with family issues, just like everyone else. A story makes you smile and cry.
M. Decker

February 2, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

January 31, 2019

This was a bittersweet read. With the challenge of losing a loved one to cancer, this story follows the journey of two people who fall in love and work through the pain and grief alongside their dysfunctional families. There was a lot of reality and truth in this story, and a lot that the reader can take home. I recommend to anyone who likes to read realistic and heartwarming reads.
Laurel Ingram

8 February 2019

The atrocities what happened in Germany told by Helen are so descriptive and you actually feel her pain and suffering, I would recommend this book to e everyone to remind them and never ever forget what happened !


Feb 26, 2019 Dean rated it really liked it ****
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing:
the last of human freedoms-to choose one’s attitude in any
given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Victor E. Frankl
The story of Helen Stein, a young beautiful teenager and his family, has left me drained and flabbergasted..
A jewish family that went through the fiery ordeal of the holocaust in nazi Germany!!
All her family murdered by the nazis..Helen and his brother must hide..
The SS brutaly murdered his parents and an elder brother by the evacuation of his house!!
And for a few years they find a hideout in an uninhabited farmhouse!!
But soon they will be discovered and then sent in cattle waggons by train to Auschwitz the death camp with his gas chamber!!

Her spirit unbroken..
She demonstrate the power of resilience and perserverance in this hell!!!
After being raped and humiliated again and again, she remembers what her father told her:
To be and stay alive it’s whats matter..

Even in Auschwitz facing the ugly grimace of evil, she finds comfort and friendship in Ester and others..
Sacrificing themselves they give her love and dignity!!!

Many years latter, she has survived and found a new beginning in the Staaten..
The tatoos with numbers on her arm are not the only scars she has to bear!!
With much tears she tells a young woman about the destiny of her family in Germany!!
She lived to tell her story..

Paulette Mahurin has written a powerful book, showing us the atrocities commited by the nazis, and the devastating meaning of the Holocaust for the jewish community in Europa!!

..”There was nothing that told me about Helen or her past, with one exception, but I had no idea what it meant.
It was a faded piece of material in a glass-covered frame that sat on the end table. The tattered swatch of dimly colored blue cotton had a floral print.
Little swirls of lighter shades outlined the design of the stained material.
My eyes went to a plaque attached to the bottom of the frame that read, “Nothing Lasts”.
I couldn’t help wondering,
What is this old fabric?
And what caused the rust-colored stains splattered on it that looks like blood?”..
Read the book, and you will know!!!


Victoria 1 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 7.26.04 AM
Victoria has been rescued
Victoria 1 freedom
Victoria’s freedom photo
Tyler 3 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 7.32.23 AM
Tyler’s been rescued
Tyler 3 freedom
Tyler’s freedom photo
Lola 4 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 7.39.42 AM
Lola has been rescued
Lola 4 freedom
Lola’s freedom photo
Romeo 3 rescued 2019-02-02 at 7.16.29 AM
Romeo’s been rescued
Romeo 3 freedom
Romeo’s freedom photo
Tyler 4 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-02 at 1.34.32 PM
Tyler has been rescued
Tyler 4 freedom
Tyler’s freedom photo
Payne rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.23.17 AM
Payne has been rescued
Payne freedom
Payne’s freedom photo
Osiris rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.30.55 AM
Osiris has been rescued
Osiris freedom
Osiris’ freedom photo
Tebow rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-05 at 1.44.26 PM
Tebow has been rescued
Tebow freedom
Tebow’s freedom photo
Champ Screen Shot 2019-02-06 at 7.59.04 AM
Champ has been rescued
Champ freedom photo with new mom
Champ’s freedom photo with new mom


Brantley 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-06 at 11.23.28 AM


Brantley has been rescued


Brantley 2 freeodm

Brantley’s freedom photo


Scout 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-07 at 6.33.58 AM

Scout has been rescued


Scout 2 freedom

Scout’s freedom photos


Bailey rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-07 at 6.40.51 AM

Bailey has been rescued


Bailey freedom


Bailey’s freedom photo


Belvedere 2 rescued 2019-02-08 at 7.56.08 AM


Belvedere has been rescued

Belvedere 2 freedom

Belvedere’s freedom photo

Helena 3 rescued 2019-02-08 at 7.58.24 AM

Helena’s been rescued

Helena 3 freedom

Helena’s freedom photo


Primrose 3 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-08 at 7.50.23 AM

Primrose has been rescued

Primrose 3 freedom

Primrose’s freedom photo


Rocky 4 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-09 at 9.23.10 AM

Rocky has been rescued

Rocky 4 freedom

Rocky’s freedom photo


Brooke aka Casey rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-09 at 2.42.54 PM

Brooke has been rescued

Brooke aka Casey freedom

Brooke’s freedom photo


McCoy rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-09 at 6.55.51 PM

McCoy’s been rescued

McCoy freedom

McCoy’s freedom photo


Bianca 3 rescued 2019-02-09 at 7.05.32 PM

Bianca’s been rescued


Bianca 3 freedom

Bianca’s freedom photo

Gee Gee rescued 2019-02-09 at 7.18.08 PM

Gee Gee has been rescued

Gee Gee freedom

Gee Gee’s freedom photo


Nicolas 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 3.49.28 PM

Nicholas has been rescued

Nicholas 2 freedom at the vet

Nicholas’ freedom photo at the vet.


Alexander 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-12 at 2.56.11 PM


Alexander has been rescued


Alexander 2 freedom

Alexander’s freedom photo


Jonas 1 rescued 2019-02-13 at 8.20.06 AM

Jonas’ has been rescued

Jonas 1 freedom

Jonas’ freedom photo


Jonas 1 bonding with new sibling

Jonas’ bonding with new sibling.


Lady 4 rescued with bonded sibling 2019-02-13 at 10.53.05 AM

Lady has been rescued with her bonded sibling Dutchess


Dutchess 1 rescued with bonded sister Lady 4 2019-02-13 at 10.55.21 AM

Dutchess has been rescued with her bonded sibling Lady.


Lady 4 & Dutchess freedom photo

Bonded elderly siblings Lady & Dutchess’ freedom photo.


IVY rescued with bonded sibling IRIS Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 7.29.30 AM

Ivy has been rescued with her bonded sibling Iris.


IRIS rescued with bonded sibling IVY Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 7.31.38 AM

Iris has been rescued with her bonded sibling Ivy.



Iris & Ivy’s freedom ride.


Iris & Ivy’s freedom photo


Gertie rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 7.42.35 AM

Gertie has been rescued


Gertie freedom Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 2.14.31 PM

Gertie’s freedom video. I was unable to download.


Rocky 5 rescued 2019-02-14 at 6.04.41 PM

Rocky the elder has been rescued.


Rocky 5 freedom

Rocky the elder’s freedom photos.


Kobe 3 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-15 at 6.09.34 AM

Kobe has been rescued

Kobe 3 freedom

Kobe’s freedom photo


Ally 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-15 at 6.40.09 PM

Ally has been rescued


Ally 2 freedom

Ally’s freedom photo


Riley 5 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-15 at 6.46.24 PM

Riley’s been rescued

Riley 5 freedom

Riley’s freedom photo

Sheldon 4 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 7.53.23 AM

Sheldon the elder has been rescued

Sheldon 4 freedom photo

Sheldon’s freedom photo at the vet’s being taken good care of.


Baby 3 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 9.03.23 AM

Baby has been rescued

Baby 3 freedom

Baby’s freedom photo


Courtney 1 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 7.53.45 AM

Courtney has been rescued


Courtney 1 freedom photo with new sibling

Courtney’s freedom photo

Costello rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 5.00.12 PM


Costello has been rescued


Costello freedom

Costello’s freedom photo


Tommy 3 aka Drake 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 5.09.15 PM

Tommy’ been rescued

Tommy 3 aka Drake 2 freedom Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 5.11.13 PM

Tommy’s freedom photo


Juno 3 rescued 2019-02-19 at 10.24.34 AM

Juno has been rescued


Juno 3 freedom

Juno’s freedom photo


Draco rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-19 at 2.33.45 PM

Draco has been rescued

Draco freedom

Draco’s freedom photo

Monticello rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 12.36.15 PM

Monticello has been rescued with bonded sibling Fremont

Monticello freedom

Monticello’s freedom photo

FREMONT Screen Shot 2019-02-23 at 11.39.19 AM

Fremont has been rescued with bonded sibling Monticello


Fremont freedom

Fremont’s freedom photo



Cupid rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 5.36.41 AM

Cupid has been rescued

Cupid freedom

Cupid’s freedom photo


Addison 1 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 6.09.42 AM

Addison has been rescued

Addison 1 freedom

Addison’s freedom photo

Brandon 2 & Brooklyn 1 rescued together Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 6.12.00 AM

Brandon has been rescued with bonded sibling Brooklyn


Brooklyn rescued with Brandon 2 Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 6.13.15 AM

Brooklyn has been rescued with bonded sibling Brandon


Brandon 2 and Brooklyn 1 freedom photo

Bonded siblings Brandon and Brooklyn’s freedom photo.

Negra rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 3.12.17 PM

Negra has been rescued

Negra freedom

Negra’s freedom photo

Jackson 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 3.21.16 PM

Jackson’s been rescued

Jackson 2 freedom

Jackson’s freedom photo



Beatrice 2 & Bella 6 rescued shelter photo 2019-02-24 at 9.09.36 AM

Beatrice and Bella, bonded puppy siblings, have been rescued together.

Beatrice 2 & Bella 6 shelter information Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 9.13.32 AM

Beatrice and Bella’s shelter information

Beatrice 2 freedom

Beatrice’s freedom photo

Bella 6 freedom

Bella’s freedom photo

Beethoven rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 9.21.04 AM

Beethoven has been rescued

Beethoven freedom

Beethoven’s freedom photo


Titus rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 4.05.55 PM

Titus has been rescued

Titus freedom

Titus’ freedom photo

Cannoli rescue shelter photo Screen Shot 2019-02-25 at 3.30.43 PM

Cannoli has been rescued

Cannoli shelter info Screen Shot 2019-02-25 at 3.29.09 PM

Cannoli’s shelter information

Cannoli freedom

Cannoli’s freedom photo

Dirt rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 12.39.16 PM

Dirt has been rescued

Dirt freedom

Dirt’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)

14 Responses to 104 Dogs rescued from kill shelters

  1. tazzielove says:

    Great start to the new year.

  2. Congrats on the ‘pawsome’ stats with Amazon, world wide! Many thanks for all you do on behalf of shelter pets. 😍

  3. Again, thanks to you and all those who put in so much time, work …and money…to help these dogs. As you know, the elderlies touch me most….

  4. Beautiful, Paulette ❤ You just made our day again. We love the smile on Romeo's face and call this the Romeo Rescue Smile😸Pawkisses for a wonderful day🐾😽💞

  5. natuurfreak2 says:

    Ik lees je artikelen altijd met veel respect lieve dame.Wat jij doet voor de dieren is tonen van onvoorwaardelijke liefde.Dank daarvoor

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