Catching Dawn

Catching Dawn

A Search for a Dog and the Discovery of Family

  •    224 pages
  •    6 x 9
  •    17.00 paperback
  •    7.99 eBook
  • Paperback ISBN  978-1-59056-623-8
  • eBook ISBN  978-1-59056-624-4
  •    Paperback, eBook
  • Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
  • Publication Date: September 2020

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What would you do to save a dog?

Night delivers a litter of eight puppies in a poor neighborhood in Springfield, Tennessee the week before Melissa Armstrong first meets her. As a volunteer for a local nonprofit, Melissa has experience with strays and plans to rescue Night and her litter within days. But nothing goes as planned. For the next six months, Melissa and a ragtag cast of characters try to trap the mutt with nets, catchpoles, spring traps, cheeseburgers, hot dogs stuffed with Benadryl, and the dog’s crying puppies. They fail so many times that Melissa is on the brink of giving up. But when she learns about the brutal way the local police department controls the overpopulation problem in Night’s neighborhood, she reaffirms her promise to a dog. She vows to rescue her, no matter the consequences.

Catching Dawn is a beautifully written story of how Night became Dawn, and of the other dogs who have brought joy and heartbreak, moments of transcendence and despair, and unconditional love to the author’s life. Catching Dawn is also a vividly told and thoughtful reflection on the many highs and lows of caring for animals and humans in difficult circumstances; a gritty exposé of the consequences of animal overpopulation in the rural South; and the story of how a homeless dog helps a woman move through personal grief and upheaval to rediscover the meaning of family.


Catching Dawn is so much more than a beautifully rendered story about one stray dog in Tennessee and her rescue. It’s a deeply touching, keenly observed, and intimate memoir about finding one’s way home.”—Peter Zheutlin, bestselling author of Rescue Road

Catching Dawn is a beautifully written and engrossing read that left me feeling incredibly hopeful for stray, lost, and discarded dogs. The plights of these dogs are treacherous, but people like Melissa Armstrong will do anything they can to help them find safety and happiness. Like Melissa, the dogs in her story go from lost to found, from drifting to secure, from scared to content. In the process of reading these riveting scenes of selflessness, determination, and love, I was reminded that even in our darkest moments, there is always the promise of morning and a bright ray of light on the horizon.”—Julie BartonNew York Times bestselling author of Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself

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