Rescue Me and Val Silver Media Kit and Updates
Are you interested in booking Val Silver for an interview or event?
Val has been a guest on local TV and on several radio shows discussing Rescue Me and related topics. She is available for media appearances, presentations, and local fundraiser book signings. Interviews and appearances with other book contributors can also be arranged.
Download all material on this page, plus additional expanded review excerpts, and an excerpt from Rescue Me.
Interview starts at 1:48 – Val talks about writing Rescue Me with anchor Beth Hall and SPCA of Jefferson County director Doug Marlow.
7 News and Fox 28, December 30,2013
Press Release: Val Silver announces her new book, Rescue Me, to raise awareness and funds for non-profit shelters and rescues caring for homeless dogs. Rescue Me shares twelve stories about thrown away dogs, the humans who saved them, and how together their lives were better.
PR Web: November 28, 2013
- RESCUE ME MAGAZINE
Rescue Me was featured in the July/August 2014 Good Reads section of Rescue Me magazine.
Debbie Dahmer interviews Val Silver about Rescue Me and animal advocacy. Show #27 and Show #107
February 27, 2015
Val and Dr. Irene Conlan enjoy a light-hearted discusson about the benefits of sharing our lives with pets.
October 2, 2014
Val and Keith Sanderson discuss Rescue Me, how listeners can help shelters and rescues, and the importance of adopting the right dog for you.
September 25, 2014
Val’s 10 minute interview starts at 19:30. Radio Show with Joseph and Robbin Everett. Our topic was Rescue Me and more.
May 22, 2014
Val’s interview starts at 50:20 – Our topic was Rescue Me, and our mission to help homeless dogs by raising awareness and funds for shelters/rescues.
Val was interviewed by Belle Salisbury, editor of Bellesprit Magazine, about a holistic approach to wellness and Val’s new book, Rescue Me (see last part of article).
Cover photo of Val and Teddy
- Author Interview – Meet Val Silver and Teddy – August 17, 2014
- Rescue Me Book Review by Rachele Baker, DVM – September 7, 2014
- Tuesday True Tails: Puppy in a Newspaper Sack – September 9, 2014
- Thursday Book Spotlight: on Confessions of a Rescue Mom – September 18, 2014
- Rescue Me Book Review by Nicole Weaver – September 20, 2014
- How Animal Friends Help Us Live Better Lives – guest post by Val Silver on the Self Improvement Blog – October 2, 2014
- Blogcritics Interview: Val Silver, Author of Rescue Me – November 17, 2014
- Interview on BlogPaws: How to Self Publish and Soar – March 3, 2015
- A Moment with Val Silver – Interview by Meglena Ivanova – March 13, 2015
- Inspired Rescue Dog Stories by Jody Miller-Young, Bark & Swagger blog – December 1, 2015
- Interviews with Authors – February 2016
- Interview on BookGoodies.com
Val speaks at local libraries, in classrooms, for book clubs and other events.
- Haw Memorial Library – November 8, 2014
- Tuesday Book Club – November 11, 2014
ABOUT VAL SILVER
Val Silver lives in northern New York with her husband and Bichon/Shi Tzu mix, Teddy. She is a lifelong animal lover and advocate with a heart for animals and humans in need of compassion and healing. She wrote Rescue Me, her first book, as a fundraiser for homeless dogs, to raise awareness of their plight and needs, and to show what wonderful companions these dogs make when given a chance. Val is a reading teacher, a healer, and a holistic wellness educator. She believes that it takes education, positive action and compassion to create healing and better lives for all creatures-animal and human. Val shares her knowledge and insights on her websites and facebook pages, in on-line groups, in her monthly Bellesprit magazine column, and in the media.
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ABOUT RESCUE ME:
Rescue Me will touch your soul with twelve inspirational accounts of ten dog lovers who rescued the dogs who ultimately rescued them. Read (and listen to) true tales of extraordinary commitment, physical and emotional healing, faith in the midst of challenges, twists of fate, second chances, and the magical joy that comes from the bond of unconditional love and acceptance between humans and their dogs.
- Julia, a woman on a mission to rescue as many dogs as she can, and how she found herself in the process.
- Biscuit, the injured, fear aggressive death row dog who was trained for a lifetime of service.
- Senior Sammy saved from a slow and certain death by his human angel, Letha, and how he put the smile back on her face, too.
- Yoda, the French bulldog who filled Faith’s empty nest with his big personality and love.
- Our cover girl, Lolli the beagle, who lost her jawbone, but still lived a joyful life with her rescuer, Karal.
- Duke, the skinny, flea-bitten puppy Val’s sons brought home in a newspaper sack.
- And more…
The dog adoption stories in Rescue Me are written for the love of dogs in rescue and shelters, and for the devoted people who save them in little and big ways. It is written to raise funds to help them, to raise sensitivity to their plight and their need, and to celebrate all they have to offer when given a chance.
Donations from Rescue Me royalties help shelters and rescues meet expenses and fund projects designed to make life better for the animals in their care. The accompanying webpage includes a list of sponsored organizations, home videos, photographs, bonus audio interviews with three of our authors, and more.
2014 Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards – Silver Medal in Nonfiction-Animals
2014 USA Best Book Awards – Finalist in Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction
REVIEW STATUS – November 2016
5 STAR REVIEW EXCERPTS:
>>>>>> …Rescue Me… is a little book full of heartfelt stories by people who found strength and solace in their do-over dog companions in troubled times. This easy-reading book was published to raise awareness and funds for an ever-growing network of volunteers who rescue, foster, and rehome dogs. The recurrent theme of the stories is that hard-to-place, physically or emotionally scarred critters often end up rescuing the humans who take them home! Val Silver writes, “Dogs are masters of creating emotionally safe spaces just by being themselves.” The stories compiled in this book show just how important each dog became in the life of the adopter. The photographs, though much like a family photo album of black and white snapshots, add a depth to the stories by giving a face to dog and human. … The author has compiled some of the best quotes about dogs to introduce the stories… Reading this book made me appreciate the dedication that volunteers have for opening their hearts to give a cast-away dog a new life. ~Martha Meacham for Story Circle Book Reviews
>>>I have been involved in dog rescue and dog training for over 35 years. I fell in love with Rescue Me instantly, It is not only heartwarming, but it is a very needed reminder that there are incredible dogs out there that not only need saving, but can bring such joy, love, and healing to their new family. ~Jean Owen, NJ Fix My Dog
Your wonderful book restores my faith in humanity and tells of the deepest bonds we have with our extended family members, our children… Beautiful refreshing book. ~Victoria Ansaldo, Rescue Networker
>>>I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the day when we humans realize “We all do better when ALL creatures do better”. And “Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers and Always Faithful Friends” brings us closer to that day! Be ready for both tears and smiles as you read this book. It is filled with heart-warming and touching stories from folks who thought they were rescuing the dog, only to discover the dog they rescued actually had a special role to play in their life. The book invites people to look beyond our traditional view of humans rescuing animals and ask the question: “Why is this dog in my life now, what can I learn from him/her?” Because, you know what, rescue is always a two way street and we truly all do better when ALL creatures do better. ~Janet Roper, Animal Communicator, Host of Talk2theAnimalsRadio
POTENTIAL INTERVIEW TOPICS and QUESTIONS:
Val is prepared to talk about the following topics and answer the following questions. The included questions and topics are suggestions. You may suggest other topics and ask other questions in order to customize the interview or presentation to yourself and your audience.
>>About Rescue Me:
- Why did you write Rescue Me?
- Who are the contributors? How did you connect with them?
- What do you want people to get out of the book?
- Who did you write Rescue Me for?
- Is this your first book?
- What is your book about?
- In your title you mention dogs as healers and teachers. Can you share a story of how one of your dogs taught you important life lesson or helped you heal?
- Which stories are about your dogs? Tell us about them!
- What makes Rescue Me different/special?
- Rescue Me includes quotes at the beginning and/or end of the stories. Some of them are quite touching and powerful. Which quotes most speak to you?
- Will there be another book?
- How can our listeners contact you?
- Where can people find your book?
- Is there anything else you would like to add that we haven’t discussed?
- How did you get involved with animal advocacy? Are you a rescuer?
- How do you decide which shelters/rescues receive funds?
- How can other shelters/rescues benefit from the book?
>>Advice for people considering pet adoption
6 tips for people to consider and act on before adopting a pet, and for making the transition more positive for all involved.
- What personal considerations should people explore before adopting a pet? Or what pitfalls should people avoid when considering adopting a pet.
- Once you decide on the right type of pet for you, how can you find the right individual match for you and your family?
- What kind of adjustment should people expect once they get their new family member home?
- How can you make the transition positive for your cat/dog and the new guardian(s)?
- What can you do if your dog exhibits behavior problems?
- What kind of help is available for pet guardians in need of advice or assistance?
>>How to lend a hand to shelters/rescues and homeless pets
10 ways people can make a positive impact and make life better for animals and their caregivers. Learn how to help in little and big ways; they are all important and they all count!
- How did you get involved with animal advocacy? Are you a rescuer?
- Why is it important for people to get involved?
- What are some no cost, quick ways people can help?
- What can people do if they want to help out at local shelters?
- What do shelters/rescues need most?
- What are some of the shelters/rescuers major challenges?
- What is the difference between shelters and rescues?
- How can people find a shelter/rescue they can feel confident helping?
- What, in your opinion, do you feel are the two most important things that have to happen to solve the pet overpopulation problem?
- How can shelters/rescues benefit from Rescue Me?
>>How Pets Enhance Our Lives
7 ways our furry family members benefit our health and our lives.
- How do pets benefit our physical health?
- How do pets benefit our mental/emotional health?
- In the title of your book you mention dogs as healers and teachers. Would you share a story of how one or two of your dogs taught you important life lessons or helped you heal?
- What are a few pitfalls people should avoid if they want to get a pet that will best enrich their lives? Or what are a few things people should consider if they want to get a pet that would best enrich their lives?
- What should people keep in mind/do if they want to maximize the benefit they get from their pets? Is it a one way street?
Val has been an educator for 25 years with experience as a primary school and middle school classroom teacher, and as a Reading Recovery/reading teacher. She has also conducted workshops for adults. Currently, Val is available to visit schools within a 90 mile radius of Watertown, NY to visit with 2nd graders and up. She will share “Biscuit the Do-Over Dog”, a story from Rescue Me which was also rewritten for pre-teens and younger. This short story briefly discusses the plight of homeless dogs and demonstrates a dog rescue from beginning to end with a positive outcome. As part of this interactive presentation, Val will share powerpoint slides, and discuss author’s purpose, why and how she wrote Rescue Me, and encourage responsible pet guardianship.
The following photos may be used as promotional material for Val Silver’s/Rescue Me interviews and presentations. Other photos are available upon request. (to download, right click and choose save image as)
Karal Gregory and Lollipop on the cover
(Lolli’s story: Lolli Lost Her Licker)
Rescue Me 3D Paperback
Val Silver signing books at SPCA fundraiser
Val Silver and Teddy (From Foster to Forever)
Phone: 315-608-7027-please leave a message
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