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The first thing I want to remind everyone about is to use GoodShop this holiday season if you are purchasing gifts online. GoodShop is powered by GoodSearch, the search engine that donates a penny to your chosen charity each time you use them to search for things. It is just like Google, only it gives back to charities when you use it.

The same is true for GoodShop. Each time you use it and select the charity you want to benefit, GoodShop retailers give a portion of the purchase amount to that charity. You can log into GoodShop by going to: http://www.goodsearch.com/goodshop.aspx

Please put in Black and Orange Cat Foundation when it asks, “Who Do You Support?”

GoodShop is great because all your favorite stores are there: PetSmart, Amazon.com, The Apple Store, Macy’s, Sears, and many, many more. There are even coupons on the site that allow you to save even more and each retailer lists how much of the purchase price comes to your charity. Some give 1-2 percent, others up to 7.5 percent or more. Those percentages really add up.

And if you want to buy books, you can choose from Borders, Barnes and Noble, or a ton of others. Just click on the “Books and Media” link on the side bar and you can choose which bookstore to use.

Since books are one of my favorite gifts to give and receive for any holiday, I wanted to tell you about a few new ones, as well as some award winners.

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The first books are for children. The ASPCA always awards the Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award each year to authors who make “a contribution to humane children’s literature.” These are the best of the best for animal loving kids (and adults).

To find the list of the 2008 winners, go to: http://www2.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=edu_bookaward_2008_list

All of these books can be purchased on the ASPCA web site or through Amazon.com. By purchasing them on Amazon.com, you can also support us through GoodShop!

To see all the books in the ASPCA bookstore, including the yearly award winners, go to: http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/index.php?categoryID=104

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And finally, Nathan J. Winograd has a new book out as a follow up to his huge hit, Redemption, The Myth of Pet Overpopulation & The No Kill Revolution in America. Called Irreconcilable Differences, The Battle for the Heart and Soul of America’s Animal Shelters, the new book looks at how animal lovers everywhere are standing up to the excuses given by many high kill animal shelters to justify killing.

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Winograd’s earlier book Redemption won numerous awards for its groundbreaking ideas, including debunking and challenging the myth that “killing animals in U. S. shelters is an act of kindness.”

To learn more about these books and to purchase them, please visit Winograd’s web site: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/

Both are available at Amazon.com. I just bought my copies through GoodShop and picked B and O as my charity! Hurrah!

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