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AuthorTime with Jo Anna Kloster

October 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Because it’s never too late to do the right thing…

Dogs sold from puppy mills carry behavioral baggage just like children reared in orphanages and in foster care as Lily quickly learns in this middle-grade novel.

When sixth-grader Lily Grabowski takes in her teacher’s puppy-mill rescue dog, without parental permission, it sets off a chain of events that challenges her dog smarts, self-esteem, and ideas about what it means to be a true friend.

As Lily’s heart opens to this tiny dog, complications mount. Cagney howls all day because of separation anxiety. Lily’s nemesis neighbor threatens to call the dog warden about a noise nuisance. BFF drama threatens Lily’s class project on why underdogs matter. Lily’s over-protective mom issues a thirty-day ultimatum, and Lily’s guilty conscience grows while a broken promise looms.

In the end, Lily must choose.  Either surrender Cagney because his needs are bigger than her ability to help him or stand up for what she believes will save him.


 Jo Anna Dressler Kloster is a former elementary teacher, an author, and a Humane Policy Volunteer Leader with the Humane Society of the United States. She works to better the lives of animals.  

Her middle-grade novel, LILY UNLEASHED, is a coming-of-age story.  It focuses on an underdog whose love inspires one girl to speak up for this puppy mill rescue and all the other dogs locked in puppy mill cages. Themes of friendship, bullying, and loss are explored. 

 Ms. Kloster attends animal welfare events and mans an educational table with her book to inform others on how to end the puppy-mill-to-pet-store-pipeline.  

 Her message: Adopt don’t shop for puppies at pet stores. Wonderful dogs await you at your local shelters, rescues, and with reputable breeders. 


More info can be found below about her work: 



October 3, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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