Lakewood Ranch resident and animal lover Maureen Flaherty just released her book “Foster: Saving the World One Pooch at a Time” on Sept. 13 — National Hug Your Hound Day.
Flaherty financed publication of the book in part through proceeds from the auction of the Brook Hill Dog, a chromist-made reproduction on metal tin after a painting by Alexander Pope. Flaherty discovered the illustration in 2015 at the opening of the Lakewood Ranch Goodwill.
She bought the piece from Goodwill for $43.50, and sold it at auction for $5,150. Half of the auction money went for design and production of the four-color book, and half went to pay for animal rescue medical bills.
“I wanted to encourage people to consider fostering. I thought if I could develop a really engaging book that showcased animal rescue and the many different options out there, people might give it a try. Even if you are in a living situation that does not allow you to foster, there are lots of great things you can do to help,” she said.
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The book is available online at Amazon and major booksellers for $39.99.
Flaherty will be offering her book, published by Cooper & Rogers, at a $10 discount at SuperFoster.com and at book signings:
- 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at White Rose Interiors, 8141 Main St., Lakewood Ranch.
- 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. .E., Bradenton.