True Animal Stories

Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.—George Eliot

Dogs & Cats

Homer’s Odyssey

Gwen Cooper

The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.  Don’t miss this one!

Olive, Mabel & Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs

Andrew Cotter

Olive and Mabel are the Labradors that broke the internet. With more than 50 million views on social media, Andrew Cotter's brilliant commentaries on videos of his Labradors have resonated with dog owners and sports fans around the world. Now, the author tells the heart-warming story of life with his two famous Labradors. This is the full story of their unexpected rise to internet stardom, their lives together, how the dogs are dealing with their newfound fame (celebrity fans, more offers of biscuits, etc.), and how trips to the beaches and the mountains help them all find peace and happiness away from a hectic world.

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

John Grogan

The author’s funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives. Also a major motion picture available on DVD at the Library.

Little Boy Blue: A Puppy’s Rescue from Death Row and His Owner’s Journey for Truth

Kim Kavin

A local NJ journalist decided to adopt a puppy.  She had no idea that the puppy she would end up with would be a last minute rescue from a kill shelter in North Carolina. She decides to trace Blue’s history all the way back to his ordeal and initial rescue. A great story with a local tie-in since the author lives in Long Valley.

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Vicky Myron

A tiny kitten is dumped into a library book return bin on the coldest night of the year. He is found the next morning by the library director who falls in love with him and names him Dewey. He becomes the library cat! For the next 19 years Dewey never stops charming the people of his small town and eventually becomes famous around the world.  Loved this story!  How could I not? A LIBRARY cat!

Nala’s World: One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride Around the Globe

Dean Nicholson

Three months into his bike journey around the world, the author, comes across a tiny abandoned kitten in the middle of nowhere. He can’t leave her there to die, so he tucks her into the bag on his bike and so begins an amazing adventure. Nala is an unusual cat to say the least and they form an unbreakable bond. Nala and Dean’s adventures continue.  You can check in with them on this website—, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  Heart-warming!

Other Animals

Born Free, a Lioness of Two Worlds

Joy Adamson

The beautiful story of the author’s experiences raising an orphaned lion cub she names Elsa and her wish that she eventually be returned to the wild. Riveting and heart-warming at the same time. Also a major motion picture available on DVD at the Library. Visit related websites: and

Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top

Carol Bradley

A spell-binding tale of Billie a resilient elephant who defied the system even as she struggled to overcome a life of abuse and never lost sight of the life she was meant to have.  Haunting and inspirational!  

Seabiscuit: an American Legend

Laura Hillenbrand

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes.  Also a major motion picture available on DVD at the Library.

Running with Sherman: the Donkey with the Heart of a Hero

Christopher McDougall

The author gives into his daughter’s entreaties and adopts a donkey never expecting that helping Sherman would involve teaching him to run and then take up burro racing -- a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together.  Eventually he decides he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.


Gorillas in the Mist

Based on the true story of young anthropologist Dian Fossey who travels to the African mountains to study rare mountain gorillas.


Behind every legend lies an impossible dream. Witness the spectacular journey of an incredible horse named Secretariat and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion.

A Street Cat Named Bob

The feel-good story of how a busker and recovering drug addict had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

War Horse

Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets; British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter.  This is loosely based on a true story.

We Bought a Zoo

Loosely based on the true story of a family that used their life savings to buy a dilapidated zoo, replete with 200 exotic animals facing destruction, in the English countryside.

These DVDs are available in the Library.

4 the Kids!!

Christian the Lion: Based on the Amazing and Heartwarming True Story

Anthony Bourke

Two friends in London buy a lion cub and after a year of fun, they realize that he deserves to live in the wild among other lions.  But how will they accomplish that?

Tarra & Bella: the Elephant and the Dog Who Became Best Friends

Carol Buckley

A stray Labrador named Bella befriends Tarra, a former circus elephant and resident of an elephant sanctuary.  A lovely story!

Owen & Mzee: the True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Isabella Hatkoff

When Owen, a baby hippo, was stranded after the 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him.  Then, to everyone’s amazement Owen and an elderly tortoise adopted each other.  Heartwarming!

Animal Heroes: True Rescue Stories

Sandra Markle

Dogs, cats, cows, monkeys and even dolphins use their normal senses or special training to save people.

Kate & Pippin

Martin Springett

A fawn, abandoned by her mother, is brought to a farm and is raised by Kate, a Great Dane.

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