78 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 Skooter, Angeletta, Connie, Mimi, Russell, Ferrari, Tobby, Spencer, elderly Royce, Amber, Uzu, Kane, Big Boy, Hope, Dante, Lucas, Peach, elderly Maureen, Victoria, Mom and 8 babies, Seth, Clyde, Tata, Sanno, Gallagher, Hope & Jada (see photos below) out of kill shelters.  So far in 2020 78 dogs have been rescued. In 2019 409 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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Sandra Hamer Smith

Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2020

The book is well written and has many themes. It is amazing what the young protagonist has to weather in this novel. The book offers redemption in the kindness of strangers for young Willem. The time period of the novel is during one of the darkest times of humanity. The book definitely gives us a glimpse of what life was like during the period that Hitler lived.

Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2020

Deeply moving true story about heroism, sacrifice, and standing up for your beliefs in a time when speaking your opinion aloud or being a deviant in any way (Jewish, Homosexual, etc.) meant risking your life on a daily basis. This historical fiction novel gave incredible insight into the twenties and thirties and the events that led up to the war. A poignant, heart-wrenching piece that will keep you thinking about the story and main character long after you finish.

Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2020

Paulette Mahurin has a way of putting pen to paper and painting pictures with words. Each scene in The Old Gilt Clock comes alive as she eloquently uses words to convey the messages and themes of this chronicle.

Willem Arondeus is an unknown name to me of men who worked to help save the Jews from persecution. I can understand his motive for being supportive of oppressed people. I think it comes from the horrid relationship he experienced with his mother and father, which was so well conveyed in this wonderful novel.

This was a great read for me and I highly recommend this book.



Fifty Sheds of Books

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 April 2020

During these troubling times when fascism is on the rise, it is good to see quality authors like Paulette Mahurin tackling serious issues.

In turns, I found this story gripping, sad and uplifting. There appears to be two sides to the human coin: people of evil and their acolytes, basically bullies and cowards, against people who demonstrate amazing bravery and courage. This is a story of incredible bravery and courage, a story that young people in particular should read so that they do not make the mistakes of past generations and our generation.

I found the setting intriguing, the story impeccably researched and the storyline engrossing. The men and women of the Resistance were a breed apart displaying the best of humanity, and the author captures their special qualities in this wonderful book.

Paulette Mahurin has created a back catalogue of impressive quality and this book sits with the others as one of her best. Without doubt, she is one of the most impressive novelists writing today.

Claire Doyle

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2020

In the end, a choice must be made.

I always wondered, what made the difference to the people who helped save Jews during WWII as opposed to the ones who stood by? This historical sweep of a novel fills out part of that puzzle as it delves into the boyhood story of one Willem Arondéus, the gay son of a horror of a father who was able to turn his ‘father issues’ into fighting the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands along with his fellow resistance fighters.

As Melanie Phillips has said, when anti-semitism appears above the surface in a society, it is a sign the society has become deranged. We read these books because we are convinced we would have done the right thing. Frankly, I am not so sure, and that is what gives this novel – and others like it – an unsettling quality as we witness the rise of anti-semitism in Europe and the USA once more.

Brilliant research, great writing, a fantastic hero-protagonist. Thanks to Paulette Mahurin for putting Willem’s story out there in the best form of all – a novel.




The Old Gilt Clock
by Paulette Mahurin (Goodreads Author)


Jackie‘s review

Apr 01, 2020 really liked it****
A first by me by this author and I am absolutely in love with this authors writing and complete detail with fabulous historical insights I found when reading I was actually learning things I never knew before. The story is set in World War II and is about a man who joined the resistance to help save many lives along with others that felt the way that he did at that time. This is a historical fiction read that is also based on true events which made me love it even more I love to learn and read about things that I did not know this author did a great job of wording historical events in a way that captivated me! A must read for any historical lover of World War II or any historical lover at all I highly recommend this book loves every minute from beginning to end.
Sherrie Hansen

Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2020

I have learned so much and cried so many tears reading Paulette Mahurin’s snippets of history from a fictional perspective – To Live Out Loud was no exception. The story of journalist Emile Zola’s fight for justice in the matter of French Jewish Officer’s Dreyfus’s false imprisonment was truly inspiring. The re-lelling of this important story from history made me question my own willingness to stand up for what is right and to defend for the things I believe in even if it involves personal sacrifice or loss of “friends” or status. I had no idea this sort of persecution went on in this time and place in history and my eyes were opened wide. Thank you for bring out the truth of the matter and providing me with another inspiring reading experience.
Book Squirrel

Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2020

This book held definite appeal to me as I have long admired the work of Harriet Tubman and all those who worked to liberate slaves and help them to freedom. ‘The Day I Saw The Hummingbird’ immerses the reader in the life and experiences of Oscar Mercer, born into slavery in a sugar plantation in Louisiana in the years preceding the American Civil War.

Oscar’s story is heartbreaking, terrifying and inspiring as the author positions the reader as an eyewitness to the tragedies, but also the courage and kindness, experienced by Oscar as he grows to understand that compassion is as powerful as hatred, and that wisdom and loyalty are qualities that should be as highly prized as one’s own freedom.

This story is beautifully told, with evocative language and vivid imagery that causes the reader to develop deep empathy not only for Oscar but also for all others in similar positions. The story also highlights a truth that is often overlooked: even in the deep south, there were many white people opposed to slavery or, at the very least, opposed to the cruelty with which so many were treated. Indeed, a broad range of human responses to slavery are depicted in the actions of different characters in this book, showing that it is one’s individual choices and personal ethics that set one person apart from another in terms of character and integrity, and that it is both possible and imperative to stand up for what is right rather than settle for convenient wrongs.

This is an important story that everyone should read in their lifetime, and which should be in personal bookshelves and library collections alongside ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’.


Commenté au Canada le 3 avril 2020

Format: Kindle EditionAchat vérifié

I’m a big fan of Paulette Mahurin’s historical fiction books and was curious to read this book of a different genre – mystery/medical thriller, which of course, didn’t disappoint.

Cardiac surgeon, Dr. Peter Dayton is in a whirl of trouble. He’s being charged for the death of one of his transplant patients, which he insists is not his fault.

Irma Mullin is an attorney who had a close love relationship with the doctor years prior. She’d read about the scandalous charges, and despite the sad circumstances that ended their relationship years ago, she knew this was not the Peter she’d known and loved in the past. Irma begins her own investigation with assistance from her reporter friend Ben in effort to help defend her old flame. She also learns about Peter’s loveless marriage he continues to live in.

Irma and Ben’s investigations lead them into questioning another of the good doctor’s heart recipients, Jeffrey, a man who Dr. Dayton has given new life to, and whose wife Amelia becomes suspicious and bothered by the ‘new’ personality characteristics her husband has inherited since the transplant. Is Dr. Dayton being unjustifiably set up for a mal-practice suit?

I’m just not going to go into more detail here because there are quite a few great sub-plots and plot twists in this book that will keep you turning the pages. But I’ll pose these questions here as food for thought:

Can a heart transplant recipient really take on some of the personality traits of their donor?

Can a damaged and emotionally broken woman instigate such devastating accusation  against the good doctor fueled from hurts from a long ago past?

If so, how far would one crazed woman go to cause so much trouble?

Now, you will have to read this book to find out! Mahurin never disappoints!

Angela Levesque

Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020

Riveting Holocaust Saga of a young Jewish girl, coming of age, in Germany, as Hitler sets his Master Plan into action. The story is told through the eyes of the main character, Helen, who fiercely shows her love of friends, family, and country, before Nazi occupation.
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Elderly Connie has been rescued

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Hope (named by rescue) has been rescued

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Elderly Maureen has been rescued

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Victoria has been rescued

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Pregnant mom has been rescued. She had 8 babies (see freedom photo)

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Clyde (named by rescue) 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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30 Responses to 78 dogs rescued from kill shelters

  1. Thank goodness for everyone who helps an animal.

  2. tazzielove says:

    Great on dogs and reviews.

  3. Jean-Jacques says:

    To continue your work of saving these condemned fellow creatures, in these times of crisis is impressively generous, to say the least. You are an amazing woman, dear Paulette…!

  4. natuurfreak2 says:

    Great work dear lady.You has all my respecht

  5. Clowie says:

    Gogreous dogs! I hope they’ll all be very happy.

  6. Littlesundog says:

    It always brings a smile to see so many great dogs finding homes! These updates really make my day, Paulette. Thank you for all that you do!

  7. So many precious faces saved. Those extra furry faces and pitties always pull on my heart strings. Bless you, Paulette-your efforts are so inspiring!

  8. That little Hope and the elderly doggie brought tears to our eyes, Paulette, sometimes we just don’t understand why they ended up there…well…we have to concentrate on the positive and that is that they all have found a furrever home, with the help of a true furriend who really cares😸Clean Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend. Stay Safe Healthy and Yourselfie🙏🐾😽💞

  9. Lara/Trace says:

    Why are there still kill shelters? This disgusts me we could do that.

  10. Francina says:

    Wonderful, dear Paulette ❤

  11. Hi Paulette, Reading this makes my heart smile and bless you for the work you do!! I also need to say a very BIG Thank You for always being the FIRST to come and read my new posts on BOTH my recovery blog and my reading den.

    Even though we may not get to interact or chat much? LOL, I sure feel your caring and support. I did not realize you live in California? I’m in Arizona and have lots of friends and family still in Southern Cal. Maybe we can meet someday the next time we come to CA.

    Stay Healthy and Blessed xoxo
    Cat ~ Catherine Lyon

    • Hi Cat, What a lovely communication and thank you so much. It would be great to have a chance to meet you, what a wonderful idea. First to get through the lockup. In the meantime, stay healthy yourself and blessings to you and your family. Big hug, Paulette. ❤

  12. You deserve all blessings for your work

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