Cara Sue Achterberg is a prolific writer and an active—some might say hyperactive—dog rescuer. In her latest book, One Hundred Dogs and Counting, she chronicles her experiences fostering more than 175 dogs of all sizes and types. Many of the dogs arrive at her hillside farm in her home state of Pennsylvania from shelters in the Southeast.

These shelters also come in all sizes and types, and as part of her foster work, Achterberg has led visits to a number of them over the years. She volunteers her knowledge and organizational skills to these facilities, which are often underfunded and short of resources despite their staffs’ abundance of goodwill and dedication to saving animals.

In her writing, blogs, podcasts and public appearances, she advocates for rescue dogs. Like a proud pack leader, she personalizes complex and systemic issues, shares the challenges and rewards of…

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