Lost but Found: Rescue Dogs and their stories of adoption

What is this about: Rescue dogs and their stories of adoption. It really is as simple as that.

What else is this about?: It’s a reminder to adopt not shop. Always.


Sydney Dogs & Cats Home is unique in its ability and commitment to find that ‘one in a million’ owner for animals in their care, as well as that ‘one in a million’ pet for people looking to adopt.

In Lost but Found, you will meet forty special dogs who have spent time at the Home. Their stories reveal how the dogs came to be lost, how and why they were in the shelter, and the love and care they received while there and in their new forever homes.

Fully illustrated and with both before- and after-adoption photography from award-winning pet photographer Peter Sharp of Tame & Wild Studio, this touching collection of precious pups will warm the hearts of animal lovers near and far.

All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Sydney Dogs & Cats Home

The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home is dedicated to reuniting, rehoming and rehabilitating the animals that come to them — and Lost but Found is the story of some of those animals.

This little book is filled with stories and glorious pictures of forty dogs — and I dare you not to adore every single one of them. The entries are about what brought these dogs to the home, and yes, those parts are hard to read…

but their stories don’t end there — the book dives into how the Home cared for them, how their new owners found them and what their lives are like now.

And I bawled through every single one

The very first story is of Chance, an older staffy-cross who was adopted by former Swans player, Adam Goodes and his wife Natalie. He and his wife knew they always wanted an older dog, and Chance was it. This is just the first heartwarming story, and every one after will melt your heart.

But that’s not all –– the book is that it gives little interviews with the dogs too! It’s a wonderful supplement to the stories from the owners telling the story of how much these dogs mean to them.

Finally, the pictures — taken by Peter Sharp of Tame and Wild Studioare just beautiful. They show the dogs before they were adopted and then after, when they are in their homes and loved and taken care of. What struck me looking at these images is that you can tell in every one what these dogs are feeling: sadness, happiness, curiousity or adoration for their owners who are watching them.

This book is perfect — for anyone who loves animals and dogs — and is the best addition to any Christmas stocking.

All royalties from the book go towards the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home — which is currently fundraising for their new digs because they’ve outgrown their current one.

Lost but Found is out now!  


  • Jen Mullen says:

    I can think of three people right now who would be thrilled with this book. 🙂 What a great fundraising idea for any organization looking to re-home dogs (or cats)!

    • Verushka says:

      And bunnies! They’re an equal opportunity refuge despite the name! I hope you get this for your three friends, and i hope they enjoy it!

  • Lark says:

    I think this one would make me cry, too.

  • Kelly says:

    I’ve always been a dog person and I’m already emotional just reading your review Verushka. Stories about dog rescues and cases of cruelty always break my heart, dogs are such loving and loyal animals and the thought of them being mistreated and abused makes me so incredibly distressed. This is a book I’ll be buying but might not be able to read for a while. Our little dog has a lifelong illness and medication to extend his life and it’s all too sensitive for me unfortunately. I’m all for supporting animal rescue and will be picking up a copy. I love that proceeds are going towards a worthwhile cause. Thank you so much for putting this on my radar.

    • Verushka says:

      Oh honey, I’m so sorry. Our Obi is ill too, and on medication to extend his life and just make things easier for him where we cna. But it’s getting to the point where decisions have to be made and no one wants to do it. It’s so damn hard, and it’s like losing family and you’re right, I don’t want to think about it either. When you’re able, look through this book. For all the heartache in it, and there is, there’s also the uplifting stories of how they changed when they found their forever home. And Kelly, the pictures. Oh the pictures <3

  • Lydia says:

    Aww, this sounds lovely.

  • Our fur-babies are rescue dogs and we wouldn’t have it any other way. They are wonderful. These book sounds so good!

  • Silvia says:

    I’m already crying! Really, just your review got me emotional and, if I could, I’d rescue a dog or a cat, possibly both ❤️ Thanks for sharing this, I love that all royalties from the book go towards the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.

  • Oh gosh, yep I’d be right there with you crying over every story, lol.

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