103 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 Fendi, Rio, Araceli, Penelope, Archuk, Princess Grace, Milton, Leigh, Psycho, Dawn, Bentley, Harriet, Cromwell, Sylvia, Molly, Dodger, Phantom, Scooby, Samson, Mallory, Stevie, Janice, Lucky, Mountbatten & Mayford, (see photos below) out of kill shelters.  So far in 2020 103 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 best seller lists on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  MOST POPULAR BOOK IN FICTION BEST 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

Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020

Small towns can be very hard on anyone who is different – people of a different race, social standing, background, wealth, or religion… two women living together and sleeping in one bed… When MIldred and her cousin, Edra, become the target of hateful gossip, hurtful actions, and harrowing suspicions, Mildred feels they must be proactive. Charlie has just lost his wife. Mildred decides she will show interest in him, certain he will reject her. She will go back to her secret life with Edra on their isolated ranch and the gossip will end. When her plan backfires, they encounter the terrifying reality of how hate can harm those who are totally undeserving – but thankfully, they go on to learn all kinds of important truths and to discover there are good people waiting to help where and when they least suspect. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap will make you cringe as you experience the vile behaviors and self-righteous attitudes of the small minded, small town women. It will simultaneously inspire you with the beautiful nature of true friendship and unconditional love. Mahurin’s characters are both fragile and strong, unique and relatable. The story is beautifully woven and infused with the healing power of true love – it held my attention and my heart. Highly recommended.
Lisa alleva

Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020

this is the third novel I’ve read by this author and she never disappoints. The Old Gilt Clock is a well researched historical novel that chronicles the life of Willem Arondeus; a Dutch artist and author and a member of the Dutch resistance movement during World War II. Paulette Mahurin weaves fantastic prose within an emotional, heart felt, and tragic story about resistance, war, and hope. A must read for fans of historical fiction.
Barely Audible

Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020

Willem Arondeus was a fascinating historical figure, and one that you don’t hear of very often. I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that the Dutch are left out of a lot of WWII stories in general, or maybe something more insidious like the fact that even eighty years later people still seem to have a problem with that fact that he was gay, but his is an important story all the same. Willem Arondeus was a man who took the pain of his life, someone who was persecuted for his sexuality, and used it to do whatever he could to stop the nazis from identifying Dutch Jews. He was someone extraordinary would did not have that goal in mind. He was just someone who wanted to do what was right. It’s stories like his that make me wonder what people like him would have been like if they’d been given a chance to live somewhere that he didn’t need to risk his life and be hated for who he was. To paraphrase, “Pity not the land that has no hero, pity the land that has need of a hero.”

This is a good story to be told.

B. J. Tiernan

Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2020

I found this to be a timely novel, as humanity, once again, faces another tsunami of anti-semitism and division in the middle of a planetary pandemic. When will we learn? Or, will we ever learn? Perhaps the human experiment has failed. The invasions, deportations, and betrayals we are currently witnessing, yet still turn our heads to, sound all too familiar as I read this novel. I had the strongest urge to ask the author if she possibly misspelled the word GILT in the title on purpose. THE OLD GUILT CLOCK seemed more suitable to me. This is definitely a novel worth reading. Well-researched and well thought out, THE OLD GILT CLOCK may have you looking at yourself in the mirror once or twice. What you do with that image is what may help save the world.

Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020

An powerful work of historical fiction, the story begins with an intense description of a birth which sets the tone for the rest of the story. William is a shown kindness by a Jewish family after his own father rejects him. He pays this kindness forward by risking everything to help others during the Nazi occupation in WWII. A story of true heroism.
Dr.Henana Berjes

Reviewed in India on 6 May 2020

I put down this book with a heavy heart. The journey of Willem from being born via a difficult child birth to the last moments of his life is nothing less than amazing. The main story line stands tall like a pine tree with multiple small but important issues forming the branches leaning out from the main trunk and then, they grow into you.
I would like to quote some phrases from the book that will stay with me for a long time,
This one, for example, where Willem, who is happy selling his art for a smile and a loaf of bread, is taught the meaning of life by someone,
“you must ask for money in return. Do not work for a pittance and most definitely do not work for free. If life has taught me anything it’s simply that the less you pay for something, the less you get, especially when there are pricier options. Payment, and the more of it the better, results in the purchaser feeling they have something of value”
And then there is another,
“some friends are stepping stones on a peaceful journey, while others are sunken concave traps, their only purpose to bring one down.”One of my personal favorites from the book,
Rational thinking be damned and the danger was when individuals were impacted by a mob mentality, their decisions were different than they would have been individually.I could outline scores of passages from the book without giving away the storyline, that I really don’t want to.
This book is much more than just a simple read. Artistically done and vividly projected scenes haunt you for days.There is a small incident in the story, about the fallen swift and how it helps Willem evolve as a person who is finally destined for a higher purpose in life. The little episode has been crafted with much expertise and a lot of heart. I instantly felt connected to the Author, when she described the scene on a plane much higher than a normal occurence. And it made me wonder that maybe it is something that lies dormant within all of us, or maybe we all are waiting for our share of the fallen swift moment.
This is a must read for those who like reading intriguing, serious and descriptive books. As for me, this book will stay on my shelf for a very long time.
John Maberry

Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2020

Kept my interest throughout. The back story central to plot is a transplant patient exhibiting personality traits of an organ donor. It’s not unheard of. The author does a good job wrapping up a complicated story involving the donor (briefly) and her spouse, along with the recipient and his spouse. Lots of emotional turmoil between the husband who received the heart transplant and his wife–who has her own history that contributes to the trying times.

There’s much <i>sturm und drang</i> among the rich Beverly Hills set. Some years after the transplant, leading cardiac surgeon Peter Dayton is charged with manslaughter. He allegedly prescribed the wrong meds to another patient. Irma Mullins, attorney who mediates cases, is shocked to see the news about Dayton. She never stopped loving him, despite his spurning her decades ago for someone more acceptable to Dayton’s parents. She reaches out to him and offers her help.

Did Dayton do it? Well, given the set up, the reader has to conclude probably not. So, how will Irma prove it? With lots and lots of research, aided by her investigative journalist friend. Plus, deep dives into the lives of all those folks involved back in the transplant situation–the brokenhearted husband of the heart donor, the recipient and his wife who doesn’t like the changes her husband has after he receives a new heart.

The only complaint in an otherwise excellent story is length and the words spent getting to the end. Might have been able to shave 15% or more words, making for a quicker read. Some of the rich characterization and other details seemed superfluous to the storyline. I felt impatient at times–<i>come on, move it along</i>. On the other hand, they may be just what a screenwriter and producer wants for adapting the book into a feature film. That is, once COVID-19 slows down enough. Don’t be surprised to see it in theaters in a two or three years.

melissa anne browning

Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2020

Verified Purchase
B. Jenn

Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020

Verified Purchase
Darlita Kay Ricks

Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020

Women were unjustly treated, abused or sent away to be committed without a second thought. If you were not insane before, the mistreatment, physical abuse and possible death were outcome of those committed. Sad.



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Fendi has been rescued

Fendi freedom

Fendi’s freedom photo


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Rio has been rescued

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Rio’s freedom photo to the right

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Araceli’s been rescued

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Araceli’s freedom photo

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Penelope has been rescued

Penelope 2 freedom

Penelope’s freedom photo

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Archuk (renamed by rescue Archie) has been rescued

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Archuk aka Archie’s freedom photo

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Princess Grace has been rescued

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Princess Grace has been rescued

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Milton has been rescued

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Milton’s freedom photo

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Leigh has been rescued

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Leigh’s freedom photo

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Psycho has been rescued

Psycho freedom

Psycho’s freedom photo

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Dawn has been rescued

Dawn freedom

Dawn’s freedom photo

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Bentley has been rescued

Bentley 4 freedom

Bentley’s freedom photo


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Harriet has been rescued

Harriet 2 freedom

Harriet’s freedom photo

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Cromwell has been rescued

Cromwell 2 freedom

Cromwell’s freedom photo

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Sylvia has been rescued

Sylvia freedom

Sylvia’s freedom photo


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Molly has been rescued

Molly 2 freedom

Molly’s freedom photo

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Dodger’s been rescued

Dodger 3 freedom

Dodger’s freedom photo

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Phantom has been rescued

Phantom freedom

Phantom’s freedom photo


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Scooby has been rescued

Scooby 3 freedom

Scooby’s freedom photo

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Samson has been rescued

Samson 5 freedom

Samson’s freedom photo

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Mallory has been rescued

Mallory 2 freedom

Mallory’s freedom photo

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Stevie has been rescued

Stevie 2 freedom

Stevie’s freedom photo

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Janice has been rescued

Janice freedom

Janice’s freedom photo

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Lucky has been rescued

Lucky 3 freedom

Lucky’s freedom photo


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Mountbatten’s been rescued

Montbatten freedom

Mountbatten’s freedom photo


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Mayford’s been rescued

Mayford freedom

Mayford’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)

39 Responses to 103 dogs rescued from kill shelters

  1. tazzielove says:

    So nice to see good news for the dogs.

  2. natuurfreak3 says:

    Welldone dear lady

  3. Francina says:

    Wonderful as always, dear Paulette. ❤️

  4. So good to see these…we need the positive.

  5. Jean-Jacques says:

    Bravo, Paulette, for you’re untiring dedication…

  6. makagutu says:

    Greetings Paulette and I hope you have been keeping well these many days

  7. Clowie says:

    It’s lovely to see the happy faces!

  8. Here’s to all the happy puppers !!!!

  9. Your ongoing and passionate advocacy for these precious faces deeply moves me. Keep up the ‘pawsome’ work, Paulette!

  10. Appaws Appaws…a number one of your book and all the doggies are save..So Happy for you, dear Paulette and for the doggies😸Extra Pawkisses for Happy Days🐾😽💞

  11. Littlesundog says:

    I never tire of looking at each little personality in these photos. They’re all so photogenic, and no matter what the situation, being rescued makes for hope and promise of something better. Thank you, for all that you do, Paulette. Your heart is so big.

  12. ROJEENA says:

    Much appreciated. Stay blessed 🙏💜

  13. Nawazish says:

    You are doing a wonderful job!! Keep it up!!

    I have a small request to make…please check out my blog when you have time!!🤗🤗🤗

  14. lorriebowden says:

    Thinking of you during these trying times and hope that you and yours are well! ❤

    • Hi Lorrie! I just cruised by your blog a little bit ago. So nice that you popped in. I also hope you and yours are well. We’re okay this end. Keeping occupied with on-line volunteer work and I’m continuing to write. Please stay safe and well. ❤

      • lorriebowden says:

        Thanks Paulette! Happy to hear you are well. I have been busy with a move…a good move…but a stressful move nonetheless. I have not been present here and not attending to any of my writing projects. But I am getting settled and hope to be able to write too!
        Stay well ❤

      • Good luck with the rest of the move and settling in, Lorrie. Yes, it is stressful to move, so much is involved that it’s hard to clear the mind and be quiet to relax. Wishing you smooth sailing and lots of fun once the proverbial dust settles. Big hug! ❤

  15. Rejoy Dey says:

    You people do a great job. I love animals and it is absolutely hard for me to accept the existence of these kill shelters. 🙏

  16. beach house says:

    Rescued and Happy dogs stories made my day already, thank you 🐾❣️

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