Animal Welfare Libraries
For those with special interests, libraries serve as invaluable guides to needed resources.
One example can be found on the New York Public Library site.
McDermott explains her interest on her blog.
"I absolutely love animals. I have fostered many cats, including a queen and her three kittens this spring. I have been riding horses since I was nine years old. I volunteered in two zoo libraries, and I walked dogs for six years in various animal shelters. I used to be a big fan of Animal Planet and Steve Irwin and the Australia Zoo. Animals are cute, adorable, and they just make me happy."
For the majority of people, it is fair to say, who share her love for animals, she provides an extensive list of resources, ranging from the Veterinary Medical Library at Kansas State University to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Several special libraries are devoted specifically to animal welfare, often affiliated with universities or federal and state agencies.
The William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University has a website that supports the research and curriculum at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the study of life sciences, veterinary medicine and animal and human health at the university.
The website states, "The library is open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, researchers, students, animal caregivers, and the public who seek quality health information that may be used to promote and preserve animal and human health in North Carolina and around the world."
Some are worldwide. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences has a virtual animal welfare library that offers computer-based training in animal welfare.
One university that provides information about animal welfare grants is the University of Wisconsin at Madison, which has a website that also lists foundations and trusts.
For more information, visit your local library.
Reading to a dog at the library. Photo: Chelsea (Mich.) District Library.