One of the events the ASPCA treated authors of this year's Henry Bergh books was a chance to visit and read at the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA), a local Anaheim animal shelter, on June 29th. So if I look a little flushed in this picture, well, it was warm and I was unlucky enough to have come down with stomach flu the day before.
Proceeds from the sale of the books that day were donated to SEAACA and benefit homeless animals in the area. It's an absolutely lovely shelter and every inch is immaculate, what a great refuge the staff provide for those animals. We learned later that they have a very high adoption rate, no surprise in such a welcoming place. The real surprise of the day was "Henry", a little black dog on the loose on the streets of Anaheim. He was running in such a confused and startled way we could tell he hadn't just raced ahead of his owner, he was definitely on his own, skittish and scared. We spotted him when we were just a few blocks away from the shelter. Kristen from the ASPCA headquarters in New York pulled her mini-van over and we all watched as she leaped out of the car, knelt down and opened her arms. "Henry" leapt right in. We all had tears in our eyes. Our convoy started up again and a couple of minutes later, Kristen delivered authors plus dog to SEAACA. Of course this story has an even happier ending, Henry was adopted a few days later.