One at a Time:

A Week in an American Animal Shelter


Awards & Honors:
The Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life Award
The ASPCA Humane Issues Award
A Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion
The Humane Society of the United States
Compassionate Care Award


Reviews & Endorsements:

"If you love animals, if you love this earth. if you love anything or anybody at all, you'll love One at a Time ... This is a book about love - and the joys and heartbreaks that go with it. It's a book of passion told in stories both wonderful and terrible. Some will leave you in stitches, others in tears, but you will be breathless from cover to cover. Leigh and Geyer have written a wake-up call to us all and it takes courage and compassion to respond. Summon up yours and read this book."

- Jim Mason, author of Animal Factories (with Peter Singer), and
Unnatural Order: Why We Are Killing the Planet and Each Other

"Startling in its honesty, yet overflowing with compassion for animals and the people who care for them, this book is unlike any other that has ever been written about animal homelessness... It is both a tribute to the deep commitment of the people of the animal protection field and a cry for help to the public."
- Animal Sheltering Magazine (The Humane Society of the United States)


"... In words and photos that are amazingly simple and yet right on target, Geyer and Leigh force us to stare into the souls of animals that were lost, found, returned to their owners, adopted into new homes -- and killed. It is a book that must be read by anyone who is thinking about getting a pet. It is a book that must be read by anyone who thinks the problem lies with shelters and shelter workers. It is a book that must be read by anyone who thinks that what they do to this dog or that cat doesn't matter. It does matter. Geyer and Leigh know that we hold the power to stop millions of deaths. Their book is a step in the right direction, offering the answer: education."
- Orange County Register



"...engaging and socially relevant... the emotional impact of this book lingered beyond the cathartic experience of simply reading it."
- Animal Fair Magazine


"It's not for the faint of heart, this book. But One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter addresses a subject that people need to know about: the harsh realities of dogs and cats who are surrendered to shelters or wind up there as strays. These are realities that most people either aren't aware of or simply choose to ignore.... may not be a favorite among book clubs, and it's unlikely that the film rights will be purchased. Still, it's a book that animal lovers should read. Because awareness creates change. And change might mean fewer dogs and cats dying"
- San Francisco Chronicle

"Presenting the truth of life and death in an animal shelter in unvarnished, uncompromising terms, One at a Time is an emotional moving and profound piece."
- Midwest Book Review



"You will fall in love with each animal profiled here. And whether the animal was adopted, euthanized, or reclaimed, you will also cry. Each profile comes with a lesson still to be learned... Leigh and Geyer believe that, with a strong course of community education, the death rolls at animal shelters can, someday, reach zero. Their book is a step toward that magical number."
- Santa Cruz Sentinel, "Saving the World, One Pet at a time"



"We need to read these stories and understand the reality of pet overpopulation and homelessness. What becomes painfully obvious when considering these profiles is that each and every one of can make a difference in the life of another innocent creature."
- Animal Welfare Institue Quarterly



"...The fact that millions of lost and stray dogs and cats are euthanized in American animal shelters each year is a tragedy of staggering proportions - especially if you look in the eyes of some of these animals and hear their stories. This remarkable, lovingly formatted, and beautifully written book asks us to do just that.... In the end, the authors prescribe "everyday actions" we can take to combat the homeless animal epidemic, including spaying and neutering, ID tagging our pets, and adopting animals from shelters. More than this, they amply accomplish their mission of causing readers to care deeply about the animals, which, paradoxically, also deepens our humanity."
- Fearless Reviews



"A book like no other - utterly dedicated to telling the truth about shelters (not an expose, rather an inpose) which turns out to be a deeper truth about how we, the public, care or do not care, for dogs and cats. Because it is written from the heart, it is an easy book to read, even if it made me cry, like listening to a sad but beautiful song.... It will change the way you think and even more important, it will change what you do... This book has the potential to save millions of lives - if only we would read it and open our hearts to its message."
- Jeffrey Mousaieff Masson , author of When Elephants Weep,
The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats, and The Pig Who Sang to the Moon



"One at a Time is riveting, stilling, chilling and intensely motivating. The "up close and personal" stories of individuals who find themselves in an animal shelter show clearly that we - humans - are these beings' voices, life-line, and oxygen. And this book shows clearly that each and every one of us can make a huge difference in the lives of these hapless animals... One at a Time is a must read - it will change your life. And most importantly it is a strong message of hope... In this inspirational book the voiceless become 'voiced' and each individual is recognized for the amazing sentient being they are. Read it, share it, and read it again and again."
- Marc Bekoff, author of The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do To Care for the Animals We Love (with Jane Goodall)



"We count them by the tens and hundreds and thousands of thousands - entering shelters and leaving shelters, sometimes with loving companions but more often than not dead - but One at a Time reminds us that midst the mass are individual dogs and cats, each with his own story. Photos combine with text to tell, passionately yet reasonably, their myriad routes to homelessness and the animal shelter and what we the community must do if the sad parade would stop. While the authors describe these deaths as euthanasia they also point out that they are not usually merciful - they would not have been chosen by the ones killed - and the responsibility lays heavily on the society that creates this situation. This is a fine and powerful book that will surely lead to lives saved."
- Craig Brestrup, author of Disposable Animals:
Ending the Tragedy of Throwaway Pets



"One of the most beautiful books on animals ever produced. This book is inspiring,moving, and sobering all at once. A magnificent work, and one that gets my highest recommendation... "
- John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and
The Food Revolution, and founder EarthSave International



"One at a Time is like a Shindler's List for pets. In poignant pictures and tear-inducing text (both sadness and joy!) it personalizes a sampling of the estimated 15-20,000 pets that are euthanized every day in this country and showcases that success at shelters is within our collective reach. Take to heart the message of this one-of-a-kind book, and then take action to help all the hopeful animals that await our rescue."

- Marty Becker, DVM, syndicated columnist and co-author of The Healing Power of Pets and Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul


"Reveals both the tragedy of our relationships with nonhumans and the triumphs that these relationships can be."
- Derrick Jensen, author of A Language Older Than Words
and The Culture of Make Believe