‘Tis the season of giving. And Laurie Brown-Nagin hopes that giving an abandoned dog a home is high on your family’s holiday list. To help make that happen, Laurie is reaching out to the perfect audience—children.
“It was foremost in my mind to change the "conversation" in homes about adopting vs. purchasing a dog and the only way to do that was to educate the younger generation of readers so that they became more aware of the plight of shelter dogs.”
Laurie is the founder of Operation ResCute , a not-for-profit designed to encourage children to think about adopting shelter dogs in need of a loving home. And she conveys that message of compassion through storytelling.
Operation ResCUTE is built on a collectible series of books, each featuring the tale of a homeless pet and how he or she found a family. It comes with a sticker and a plush toy of the pet featured in the book.
“Every book has lessons to be imparted that children of all ages can relate to and that was important to me as a writer.”
Laurie says children need to feel a sense of empowerment that they can be part of a change and Operation resCUTE allows them to feel a part of the solution.
The first book in the series is the true story of Jingles, the puppy who became the inspiration for Operation ResCUTE. Police in New York City had come upon Jingles alone and battered, wandering the streets of the city. As fate would have it, Laurie happened to be passing by and Jingles became her first adopted rescue dog.
Jingles’ story is told from the dog’s perspective which allows children to empathize with the puppy’s emotions. Children, Laurie believes, understand “the need to be loved, cared for, part of a family and safe. “
Today, only an estimated 30% of family dogs are gotten from shelters. With Operation ResCute, Laurie hopes to change that equation and galvanize children, now and as adults, to come to the rescue of man’s best friend.
“It will be this next generation that brings change in terms of dog adoption and by starting very young in their awareness, the empathy only grows!”