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Ashleigh Rose Bottorff of Interlochen has been rescuing animals for as long as she can remember and now she wants to share her stories with others. Her new self-published book “Amazing Grace, Our Littlest Hero” is 182 pages of heartwarming and inspiring rescue stories as well as resource information for pet owners including spay/neuter information, animal welfare resources, feral cat information, pet friendly travel information and more. Bottorff explains that the book is dedicated to raising awareness and the importance of rescuing and spaying/neutering of animals including feral cats, while also recognizing the plight of homeless animals due to overpopulation.
A pet owner since childhood, Bottorff is a Midwestern farmer’s daughter who was given a horse as a young child in exchange for the promise of cleaning out the stalls by herself, even in the harshest of Michigan winters. She went on to own many animals and to this day, lives in a rescued “zoo.” She has received phone calls from hundreds of miles away about animals in need of rescue and has risked life and limb while trying to save the lives of cats and dogs. She has worked for two veterinarians and an animal shelter and is always on the lookout for dumped animals who need help. To help feed her “zoo” she has also been a self-employed marketing consultant for over 35 years. She has volunteered at her local hospital emergency room and physical therapy department, worked with seniors in adult foster care homes, tutored English and other subjects, volunteered at a local elementary school and all the while continues to rescue critters and works to make the world a better place for everyone. Her motto for life is simple, “kids and critters make the world go ’round. Live, love, hug and pray!”
Bottorff will have 20 copies of her book available at a book signing at Horizon Books in Traverse City on Saturday, February 14th from noon to 2 pm. Horizon Books is at 243 E. Front Street. The books are $19.95 each and a portion of the profits will go to spay/neuter programs. If you cannot attend the book signing or if they are sold out, you can also order them directly from the author by emailing her at [email protected]. You can also email her and request a PDF version of the book so you can read it on your computer. The digital Acrobat file is only $10.00.
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