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Four Years. Four Thousand Dogs. An incredible true story of rescue and redemption. In a forgotten land where lives are lost, souls are sometimes found. When Keith Benning accepted the job as a deputy in a small North Dakota county, he had no idea he was about to face the biggest challenge of his life. Four years and four thousand dogs later, he lost his marriage, a fellow off Four Years. Four Thousand Dogs. An incredible true story of rescue and redemption. In a forgotten land where lives are lost, souls are sometimes found. When Keith Benning accepted the job as a deputy in a small North Dakota county, he had no idea he was about to face the biggest challenge of his life. Four years and four thousand dogs later, he lost his marriage, a fellow officer and nearly his own life. By rescuing seventy starving and unwanted animals out of his garage each month, Keith and a small team of volunteers have changed the world for thousands of dogs, and tens of thousands more to come. Woven with riveting and inspiring real-life rescue stories, Rescue Matters tells a larger tale of tragedy-meets-redemption. A gripping account of how a garage rescue grew into a mighty force that inspired a nation. C.J. English shares her personal experience inside the emotional and bittersweet world of dog rescue, delivering a heart-wrenching and deeply moving story that has much to teach us about responsibility and compassion. Rescue Matters is alive with meaning and purpose, proving that that it doesn't take a law or government to change the world, all it takes is a few people trying to make a difference to start a revolution. Not just for dog lovers, but for anyone inspired by the compassion of humans and the resilience of the animals who forgive them. 50% of the profits from the sale of this book will go directly back to Keith and his team at Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue.


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Four Years. Four Thousand Dogs. An incredible true story of rescue and redemption. In a forgotten land where lives are lost, souls are sometimes found. When Keith Benning accepted the job as a deputy in a small North Dakota county, he had no idea he was about to face the biggest challenge of his life. Four years and four thousand dogs later, he lost his marriage, a fellow off Four Years. Four Thousand Dogs. An incredible true story of rescue and redemption. In a forgotten land where lives are lost, souls are sometimes found. When Keith Benning accepted the job as a deputy in a small North Dakota county, he had no idea he was about to face the biggest challenge of his life. Four years and four thousand dogs later, he lost his marriage, a fellow officer and nearly his own life. By rescuing seventy starving and unwanted animals out of his garage each month, Keith and a small team of volunteers have changed the world for thousands of dogs, and tens of thousands more to come. Woven with riveting and inspiring real-life rescue stories, Rescue Matters tells a larger tale of tragedy-meets-redemption. A gripping account of how a garage rescue grew into a mighty force that inspired a nation. C.J. English shares her personal experience inside the emotional and bittersweet world of dog rescue, delivering a heart-wrenching and deeply moving story that has much to teach us about responsibility and compassion. Rescue Matters is alive with meaning and purpose, proving that that it doesn't take a law or government to change the world, all it takes is a few people trying to make a difference to start a revolution. Not just for dog lovers, but for anyone inspired by the compassion of humans and the resilience of the animals who forgive them. 50% of the profits from the sale of this book will go directly back to Keith and his team at Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue.

30 review for Rescue Matters: 4 Years. 4 Thousand Dogs. An incredible true story of rescue and redemption.

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bozica

    Rescue Matters - not just a book title but two words that have a deep and emotional meaning. Once you read this book I hope you will agree with me. C.J. English is a true inspiration. All that know me, know that I love her previous work, but her passion and dedication to this cause has made me love and admire her even more (if that’s possible) She has opened my eyes to a crisis I was completely oblivious to. And if you think that this crisis is isolated to just North Dakota,( like I was initially) Rescue Matters - not just a book title but two words that have a deep and emotional meaning. Once you read this book I hope you will agree with me. C.J. English is a true inspiration. All that know me, know that I love her previous work, but her passion and dedication to this cause has made me love and admire her even more (if that’s possible) She has opened my eyes to a crisis I was completely oblivious to. And if you think that this crisis is isolated to just North Dakota,( like I was initially), you would be very wrong. Whilst on holidays earlier this year I witnessed a similar situation in a place that is circa 14,000km’s from North Dakota and I truly believe that I would not have seen the situation for what it was if i hadn’t been aware of TMAR from my conversations with Ms English. This is not fiction but a true life story of how TMAR came into existence. It’s not sugar coated but a real depiction of the hard road these wonderful volunteers, rescuers, and man best friend have endured for the last 4 years. I can’t say it any better than Ms English herself ‘Rescue Matters is the story of how a garage rescue grew from nothing to inspiring a nation and sparking a rescue revolution. 4 years. 4 thousand dogs. 1 unlikely hero.’ As I was read these stories I was moved to tears and messaged Ms English to express how in awe I was of the brave, strong and selfless people in this book - and that I wanted to donate every last cent I had in my bank account to support them and the fantastic work they do. So yes this book will rip your heart out but there are beautiful heart warming and good outcomes as well. The stories of the dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and a few other unexpected animals in this book made me cry both happy and sad tears and will never be forgotten. Please do yourself a favour - buy this book, support the cause, like their Facebook page and spread the word!! https://www.turtlemountainanimalrescu... 50% of the profits from the sale of this book go directly back to Keith and the team at TMAR. Help C.J. English reach her goal of printing 10k copies! Think stocking stuffers 📚 Amazon Paperback:http://bit.ly/RescueMattersCJEnglish Kindle: http://bit.ly/RescueMattersAmazonKindle Ibooks: http://bit.ly/RescueMattersOnIBooks Barnes & Noble Nook:http://bit.ly/RescueMattersAtBarnesnN...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    People that don't know about animal rescue and those that are already involved in animal rescue can learn so much from this story. I, like the author, CJ English, grew up in Fargo, ND and only knew about our family buying dogs from a breeder. Thankfully when I moved to California 17.5 years ago and adopted our rescue cats I started learning about animal rescue and have been volunteering for a local organization for 6 years. I wish I would have know about animal rescue sooner but it's never too la People that don't know about animal rescue and those that are already involved in animal rescue can learn so much from this story. I, like the author, CJ English, grew up in Fargo, ND and only knew about our family buying dogs from a breeder. Thankfully when I moved to California 17.5 years ago and adopted our rescue cats I started learning about animal rescue and have been volunteering for a local organization for 6 years. I wish I would have know about animal rescue sooner but it's never too late. Despite being an animal shelter volunteer for 6 years and now cat/kitten foster, Rescue Matters, revealed to me so many other layers that grass roots rescue groups like Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue have to overcome and the strength and courage to stay true to the passion for being the voice for animals and compassion for the people and communities involved. I hope this story, rescue and rescuers inspire you to take that next step in whatever you are passionate about and take it to the next level. I know it has inspired me to push the envelope in being an advocate for all the "invisible" and homeless animals. Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue makes me proud to be from North Dakota and I will be cheering and supporting them along their journey as they continue to save animals and lobby for improved animal cruelty laws in the state.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexis F

    Heartbreaking, but a must read. Thank you for writing the book. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for bringing awareness. Thank you for teaching others not to assume a dog's story or to judge those who have to give up their dogs. Thank you for giving your all. Sincerely, thank you. Heartbreaking, but a must read. Thank you for writing the book. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for bringing awareness. Thank you for teaching others not to assume a dog's story or to judge those who have to give up their dogs. Thank you for giving your all. Sincerely, thank you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This book is so eye opening to what TMAR does. These people are amazing. This book is heart breaking and heart warming at the same time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This book rocked me to my core and needs to be shared in every way.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cara Achterberg

    If you've ever wondered, what if we decided to actually did something about [fill in your cause] and then you DID it. That's exactly what CJ English and the other volunteers at Turtle Mountain Rescue did - they changed the world for the animals of the Turtle Mountain area of North Dakota. This inspiring story - told in heartfelt prose with frank honesty and lots of pictures-- will inspire you to maybe get off your own couch and make a difference in this world. And wouldn't that be something? If you've ever wondered, what if we decided to actually did something about [fill in your cause] and then you DID it. That's exactly what CJ English and the other volunteers at Turtle Mountain Rescue did - they changed the world for the animals of the Turtle Mountain area of North Dakota. This inspiring story - told in heartfelt prose with frank honesty and lots of pictures-- will inspire you to maybe get off your own couch and make a difference in this world. And wouldn't that be something?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    The title says it all. Two words - Rescue Matters. This book brings to light the heart wrenching problem of abuse and neglect of our four legged friends. This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster. What Keith and the volunteers of TMAR do to save our furry friends and give them the life they deserve is absolutely astounding. This books is uplifting and also gut wrenching. What Keith started to save the abused and neglected animals in his area and the unselfishness and unwillingness to gi The title says it all. Two words - Rescue Matters. This book brings to light the heart wrenching problem of abuse and neglect of our four legged friends. This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster. What Keith and the volunteers of TMAR do to save our furry friends and give them the life they deserve is absolutely astounding. This books is uplifting and also gut wrenching. What Keith started to save the abused and neglected animals in his area and the unselfishness and unwillingness to give up of him and the volunteers of TMAR is amazing. Reading this book makes you want to run out and do what you can to help our furry friends. I highly recommend this book. It is eye opening, gut wrenching, uplifting, and for a great cause. What I read on the pages of this book will stay with me for a long time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Neha Gunnoo

    The moment CJ started 'Rescue Matters', I followed and read every posts about the dogs getting rescued and taken care of. This book is not meant only for dog lovers. It's a book that we all should read and share. CJ has poured her soul into this amazing book and we need more books like this. Hats off to CJ for taking the initiative to write this true story! The moment CJ started 'Rescue Matters', I followed and read every posts about the dogs getting rescued and taken care of. This book is not meant only for dog lovers. It's a book that we all should read and share. CJ has poured her soul into this amazing book and we need more books like this. Hats off to CJ for taking the initiative to write this true story!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I could not put this book down. Rescue Matters will have you feeling all sorts of feels, but mostly inspired. The author’s wit is perfectly placed, and the amount of heartbreaking experiences you’ll read about is balanced with just as many hopeful, heart warming, and uplifting ones. This book pulls you deeper into what the mission of Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue is, and how Keith literally built this rescue group from the ground up. If you love following TMAR on Facebook, this is a must read (a I could not put this book down. Rescue Matters will have you feeling all sorts of feels, but mostly inspired. The author’s wit is perfectly placed, and the amount of heartbreaking experiences you’ll read about is balanced with just as many hopeful, heart warming, and uplifting ones. This book pulls you deeper into what the mission of Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue is, and how Keith literally built this rescue group from the ground up. If you love following TMAR on Facebook, this is a must read (and if you don’t follow them, DO it! It’s still a must read). Oh, and just a warning- he’ll probably become your newest celebrity crush.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mae

    Fantastic book. I have been following Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue on Facebook for awhile and watch all the videos that they share everyday. So reading this book was great, I got to know more about the people that I have been seeing, listening too etc. What they do is amazing to me, I could not do it. This may say I started reading on 20th May but I didn’t actually start until about 28th May and then I couldn’t put the book down. It is written so easily, it flows. The stories of individual dogs Fantastic book. I have been following Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue on Facebook for awhile and watch all the videos that they share everyday. So reading this book was great, I got to know more about the people that I have been seeing, listening too etc. What they do is amazing to me, I could not do it. This may say I started reading on 20th May but I didn’t actually start until about 28th May and then I couldn’t put the book down. It is written so easily, it flows. The stories of individual dogs are really good and hearing updates on them from their new owners shows how much love their is for the animals themselves and TMAR too. This book has to be read!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anne-lie

    By chance I found ”Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue”(TMAR)on Facebook. I liked the people working there and their attittude towards rescuing so I started following their page. After listening to the author reading from the book I felt I had to buy it. It’s a fantastic read and gave me a deeper understanding of their hard work. Some parts are heartbreaking to read. This is the true story of a group of people with big hearts that in spite of a lot of troubles save dogs and cats out of a garage in North By chance I found ”Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue”(TMAR)on Facebook. I liked the people working there and their attittude towards rescuing so I started following their page. After listening to the author reading from the book I felt I had to buy it. It’s a fantastic read and gave me a deeper understanding of their hard work. Some parts are heartbreaking to read. This is the true story of a group of people with big hearts that in spite of a lot of troubles save dogs and cats out of a garage in North Dakota, close to the Canadian border. They are amazing! Thank you for never giving up and thank you C.J. for telling your story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mikelyn Bridges

    Working behind the scene with a small rescue, I absolutely appreciated the candid nature of this book. I freely admit to crying through several of the chapters and having a very visceral reaction to the more graphic stories. The TMAR team is incredible and CJ has captured not only the struggle, but also the magic of the day-to-day rescue operation. Her journey is related in an honest and sometimes heartbreaking narrative. CJ presents Keith in such a realistic light. While he floats the idea that Working behind the scene with a small rescue, I absolutely appreciated the candid nature of this book. I freely admit to crying through several of the chapters and having a very visceral reaction to the more graphic stories. The TMAR team is incredible and CJ has captured not only the struggle, but also the magic of the day-to-day rescue operation. Her journey is related in an honest and sometimes heartbreaking narrative. CJ presents Keith in such a realistic light. While he floats the idea that it may just be too much, he perseveres. This man is an absolute superhero. He pours out his heart and the animals sense his love for him. I highly recommend this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sue Sobolak

    I enjoyed this book a lot. I mean I didn't want to in the sense of the staggering sad numbers and statistics for rescue. But on the other hand to get an in depth look into the coming of an organization and to read some of the first hand testimonies or specific animal stories was amazing and humbling at the same time. I am in awe of these dedicated individuals and indebted to them. I only wish I made more money so that I could help more. I pray ND passes new updated legislation to help as well. I enjoyed this book a lot. I mean I didn't want to in the sense of the staggering sad numbers and statistics for rescue. But on the other hand to get an in depth look into the coming of an organization and to read some of the first hand testimonies or specific animal stories was amazing and humbling at the same time. I am in awe of these dedicated individuals and indebted to them. I only wish I made more money so that I could help more. I pray ND passes new updated legislation to help as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Gonzales

    This book is extremely important for any one that loves animals. It gives heartfelt stories along with factual evidence on why Adopting animals is the only way to go. I am so glad I watched a short dodo on IG about TMAR and decided to get this book. My daughter is next to read it, then I will be passing along. Thank you CJ English for your dedication and wring this book. Personal: I have adopted 2 pit bull type dogs from the shelter and 100% glad I did knowing the statistics for them. Both have This book is extremely important for any one that loves animals. It gives heartfelt stories along with factual evidence on why Adopting animals is the only way to go. I am so glad I watched a short dodo on IG about TMAR and decided to get this book. My daughter is next to read it, then I will be passing along. Thank you CJ English for your dedication and wring this book. Personal: I have adopted 2 pit bull type dogs from the shelter and 100% glad I did knowing the statistics for them. Both have great personalities and I can’t imagine my life without them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Lucky Dogs Congratulations, you are about to read the most touching book I have read in a long, long time. If I were a dog in need I can only hope I would be lucky enough to be taken in my Keith and his crew. This is a marvelous story of his animal rescue he started in North Dakota and his p!an for building a larger building, freeing up his garage. Yes, his garage. You will learn of the good and the bad, you might even cry along the way but your heart will definitely be touched. Please, enjoy thi Lucky Dogs Congratulations, you are about to read the most touching book I have read in a long, long time. If I were a dog in need I can only hope I would be lucky enough to be taken in my Keith and his crew. This is a marvelous story of his animal rescue he started in North Dakota and his p!an for building a larger building, freeing up his garage. Yes, his garage. You will learn of the good and the bad, you might even cry along the way but your heart will definitely be touched. Please, enjoy this wonderful story about animal rescue.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Very insightful! This book had me feeling all kinds of emotions. I was happy the dogs were getting rescued, sad so many were not able to be saved, angry that it's such a problem that seems to be overlooked in my state ND. I've been following TMAR for awhile so I know they are close to getting their shelter, just wish it could be sooner. They soo need it! Absolutely loved and recommend this book! Very insightful! This book had me feeling all kinds of emotions. I was happy the dogs were getting rescued, sad so many were not able to be saved, angry that it's such a problem that seems to be overlooked in my state ND. I've been following TMAR for awhile so I know they are close to getting their shelter, just wish it could be sooner. They soo need it! Absolutely loved and recommend this book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Daley

    Easy to read, very eye opening This was a quick read that really gets to the point and opens your mind to looking at animal rescue with a new set of eyes. Reminds us not to judge others but instead look at our own actions, or lack of actions, when it comes to caring for our furry friends. And the importance of having compassion for all living things.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Emotional rollercoaster I laughed and cried reading this book practically in one sitting couldn't put it down . Been following TMAR for a few months now but it was eye opening to see the grit and determination and the struggle Keith and his helpers have been through to save these beautiful defenceless creatures. Emotional rollercoaster I laughed and cried reading this book practically in one sitting couldn't put it down . Been following TMAR for a few months now but it was eye opening to see the grit and determination and the struggle Keith and his helpers have been through to save these beautiful defenceless creatures.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lin S.

    This is a emotional five stars. Sometimes tough to read but so in lightning. What an amazing group of people, especially Keith. There is a place for him in heaven, for sure. This story will stay with me for the rest of my life and if I were younger I would have found some way to join the forces to make a change. Now, the very least I could do was buy the book.....check! "Keep on, keepin on!" This is a emotional five stars. Sometimes tough to read but so in lightning. What an amazing group of people, especially Keith. There is a place for him in heaven, for sure. This story will stay with me for the rest of my life and if I were younger I would have found some way to join the forces to make a change. Now, the very least I could do was buy the book.....check! "Keep on, keepin on!"

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marseydoats

    This is very well written, but emotionally, it is a VERY hard read. Keep plenty of kleenex handy... I realize that it probably wasn't possible, but it would have been nice to see more "after" photos of the dogs that made it. I could never work in animal rescue because I think any person who abuses an animal should be executed. This is very well written, but emotionally, it is a VERY hard read. Keep plenty of kleenex handy... I realize that it probably wasn't possible, but it would have been nice to see more "after" photos of the dogs that made it. I could never work in animal rescue because I think any person who abuses an animal should be executed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Heise

    Amazing story, This book is heart breaking, gut wrenching and inspiring all at the same time. My heart aches for Keith and all the volunteers of TMAR, and the thousands of other rescue volunteers. This book shows us why Rescue does indeed matter.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    TMAR Rocks I wanted to know more about TMAR and this booked helped me to understand a little about how life is very different in N Dakota to life here in my part of the world. It’s inspirational,thought provoking, sad in parts and it’s honest. It’s a must read for animal lovers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anita Wrolson

    What a read Not only did I enjoy the stories, it opened my eyes and heart to the need everywhere. If each of us helps in some small way, no one would ever suffer from compassion fatigue.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Coral Li

    Fantastic book! Such details of fabulous animal lovers who risk ALL for saving pets no matter what it takes. That KEITH is an exceptional person. A HERO! Highly recommended read!! Would read it again! Highly suggested!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    noeleen mckay

    Angels walk among us This book was well written about an awesome group of people I have been following Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue for six months. This book gave great insight into how hard they work to save these animals There is a special place in heaven for you all

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alejandra Broschat

    It's amazing how one person can change a community. I love all the little dog stories. I could read that all day long. My next dog will come from TMAR for sure. It's amazing how one person can change a community. I love all the little dog stories. I could read that all day long. My next dog will come from TMAR for sure.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Rueckert

    Make sure you have tissues near by this book is a tear jerker for sure!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bonita J

    Such a real account and look at what rescue is. These people work tirelessly to help dogs+. A must read!!!!! Also it flows so well I liked that.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna Mindt

    Great Read This book captures the true dedication and determination that is needed to make the rescue a success. Kuddos to this group for saving these animals.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley S Boronda

    Excellent story and transparent Love watching Keith on FB wish I had a bundle of $$ to donate! The book was easy to read and held my interest.

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