Illustrated book gives rescue animals a voice

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Once forgotten South Canterbury animals are being given a second chance through the power of words and images.
Temuka woman Aimee Duff and Timaru photographer Richard Brown have combined forces to produce a photographic book of the region’s rescue animals. The book Don’t Shop, Adopt is set to be published in coming months and features 70 pets who were adopted by their owners.
A portion of each book sale will go to the South Canterbury SPCA.
Duff said the idea for the project had been in the pipeline for a while and was her first step into non-fiction, after she published several fiction books.
‘‘I saw the books like the Christchurch quake cats one and thought it might be nice to have a rescue animal book from South Canterbury.’’
She advertised on several internet sites and received ‘‘a lot of positive interest’’.
Brown also saw the posts and offered his photography skills for the project.
‘‘So we went around an interviewed people and worked with them. Richard did all the photos and I did all the articles and writing.’’
The book features a variety of pets that were rescued by their owners or had been SPCA animals.
An animal-lover with six pets of her own (three cats and three dogs), Duff said the project had been an interesting one.
‘‘The owners were very keen to get their message out there and talk about their experiences. There were some very sad stories out there.’’
She said the strongest message she had received was the need to protect and rescue animals.
‘‘Some of the horrible things these animals have been through. Their owners told me how important it was to protect and choose them.’’