Scriptwriter Pierre Chiarelli (Crazy Rich Asians, The Proposal) hopes its first children’s book will help children understand the responsibility of owning a pet
SECAUCUS, NJ, April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Screenwriter Pierre Chiarelli adds the children’s book author to his credentials with the release of his first book, “The Dog Dilemma!”. Written for young readers, the book tells the story of sister and brother duo, Amelia and Theo, and their quest to convince their parents that they are ready for a pet.
“As a father, I know firsthand how completely charming and convincing children can be when they want a pet. In fact, my children and their adoption tactics inspired the book,” says Chiarelli. . “At the end of the day, I want readers to have a good laugh and be entertained, but I also want to show them that adopting a pet means you’re committing to a friend for life, and that involves a lot of responsibility, not just for adults, but also for children.”
Illustrated by Erica J. Chen, “The Dog’s Dilemma!” is available on Amazon (link here) for $11.99. The book is officially out today ahead of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30. All proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit No Kill Animal Shelters.
Chiarelli hopes these lessons translate to fewer animals being returned to shelters by families who weren’t ready to care for them. According to a study 2020 at the National Library of Medicine, the number of pets returned to animal shelters within the first six months of adoption in the United States is estimated at 7-20%*.
Chiarelli worked with Freshpet, the leading fresh and refrigerated pet food brand, to bring the book to life. To date, Freshpet has donated over 12 million meals to animals in need, covered medical costs for shelter partners and more. The brand will also match all adoption fees on April 30 at its longtime shelter partners, the St. Hubert Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey and Pennsylvania SPCA.
For more information about Freshpet and “The Dog Dilemma!”, visit Freshpet.com and connect with Freshpet on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.
Freshpet’s mission is to improve the lives of dogs and cats through the power of real, fresh food. Freshpet recipes are blends of locally grown fresh meats, vegetables and fruits made in their kitchens at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Prepared with care, all foods are made from natural ingredients, cooked in small batches at lower temperatures to preserve the natural qualities of the ingredients. Freshpet foods and treats are kept refrigerated from the time they are made until they arrive in Freshpet refrigerators at your local market.
Freshpet is available at select mass, grocery (including online), health food, club and specialty pet retailers across United States, Canada and Europe. From the care taken in sourcing the ingredients and making each recipe, to the moment it arrives at your doorstep, Freshpet’s integrity, transparency and social responsibility is how they like to run their business.
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