Shelter cats have a very special place in our hearts, as we fell in love with Tux at our local SF SPCA. The book Sal Finds a Forever Home by Diana Alvear follows the story of shelter kitty Sal as he finds his forever home (with Diana herself).
Sal (short for Salvatore Valentino Alvear) was an elderly shelter cat, and after being adopted spent eight wonderful years with Diana before passing away in her arms in June 2011. This book is a tribute to Sal, but also a story to educate both the young and old about homeless cats and how important it is to adopt, especially the older cats that many overlook.
I have to say, I had tears streaming down my face after reading this heartwarming story. It is easy to feel the love that Diana has for Sal, as well as all animals in need. I was overjoyed as each one of Sal’s shelter pals found a home, picturing the moment our own Tux reached his paw up the glass towards me, waving and signaling that we were meant to be together.
In addition to the touching story, the illustrations by Chandler Strange are a joy to look at – the soft color palette and hand-painted watercolor drawings provide the perfect counterpart to Sal’s tale. I can imagine little ones making up stories about each adorable cat illustration and pointing out their favorites. Some of the illustrations are even available for purchase on the Sal Pals website along with the book, available in hardcover ($12.99), Kindle version ($3.99), and IBook ($4.99). And you can feel great about any purchase, as 10% of profits go to animal rescue groups (including Sal’s own shelter, Washington Animal Rescue League).
For those that love the book, there are more Sal, Everybody’s Pal stories in the works, along with plush toys based on the characters in the books. Tux is already requesting we get him a Sal plush to cuddle!