Unless you’re Cruella De Vil or an illegal poacher on the African plains, chances are it’s hard to walk past an animal shelter or pet store and not want to cuddle with puppies or look at all the fishes. However, if you just aren’t sure if you want to share your home with a little friend, it can feel like a guilt trip walking away from all the hopeful faces looking back at you. Here are five books you can read to help you make up your mind.
1. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Thankfully, this isn’t one one of those books about a dog that’ll make you cry by the end of it. Instead, Because of Winn-Dixie is a lighthearted, easy read about a new girl in a small town with her imagination and her new dog by her side. Whether you’re a cat or a dog lover, being new in town isn’t an easy feeling, so having a furry friend around would definitely help making the transition easier.
2. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Bumford
Sheila Bumford, author of the 1961 novel The Incredible Journey, has given readers a story about the dedication and loyalty of pets. Yes, even the cat is determined to find their family when the main characters above are left behind after the family moves away. The three team up to find their humans again and all ends wonderfully. Heartwarming and eager to catch your attention, this is a book that’ll prove to you animals have feelings.
3. Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
Of course, if we’re going to talk about books with animals, we need to talk about Marley and Me. It’s got everything from adoption, to raising a dog from puppy-hood to old age and to top it off, it is riddled with humor and love all throughout. Whether you’re married, in a relationship, or perfectly single, John Grogan’s novel proves that there’s no phase in life that you can’t get through without a dog.
4. Into the Wild (Warriors Book #1) by Erin Hunter
Erin Hunter, a pseudonym that comprises of five authors, takes readers into a world unlike anything since Harry Potter was first published. Not only is the series enjoyable, though it offers a deeper respect for cats than you might originally have had before.
5. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
How could I not put Charlotte’s Web on this list? It’s a classic for kids and adults for all the right reasons: it’s cute, it’s heartwarming, and it provides such an awesome array of characters that’ll make you appreciate all kinds of animals, not just the typical cats and dogs, but pigs and spiders too.
Still not sure about adopting? What are your favorite animal books?
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