Thursday, 9 January 2020

Book Review: Lost but Found (Rescue dogs and their stories of adoption) by Peter Sharp

Lost but Found
Peter Sharp

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia 
Publication date: 29th October 2019
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 216
RRP: $24.99AUD
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher

In Lost but Found , you will meet forty special dogs who have spent time at the Home. Their stories reveal how the dogs came to be lost, how and why they were in the shelter, and the love and care they received while there and in their new forever homes.

Fully illustrated and with both before- and after-adoption photography from award-winning pet photographer Peter Sharp of Tame & Wild Studio, this touching collection of precious pups will warm the hearts of animal lovers near and far.

About Sydney Dogs & Cats Home:

Sydney dogs and cats home is unique in its ability and commitment to find that ‘one in a million’ owner for animals in their care, as well as that ‘one in a million’ pet for people looking to adopt.
The home services multiple councils across Sydney, they take care of some 3,000 lost, abandoned and neglected pets each year. If they are unable to reunite a pet with its owner, they seek to find them a new and loving home.
The home has an extensive network of foster carers who take animals temporarily into care if they are not coping with the shelter life or if the shelter is at capacity. The home has a strict no-time-limit policy on every animal awaiting adoption.
If you would like to find out more about adopting or fostering please see the Home’s webite

My thoughts on the book: 

You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy this gorgeous book. The 40 dogs featured all have a story, each one different and interesting, of how they came to the home, the search for their owners and the story of how their new adoptive owners came to the shelter and found them. There is a follow up with each dog’s new owners saying how they are getting on with cute details about their antics and bonding.
The parts of the book I really loved were the interviews with the dogs which were quite often funny. Then each dog has a photo shoot with Peter Sharp. I can see why Peter is revered as a pet photographer. The photos were cute, charming and funny and showed off each dog’s personality.

The book also explains the senior pet project which is something I’ve never heard of before. In this project they adopt out older dogs in their twilight years. There are advantages to this for some people as the dogs need less exercise, the commitment is shorter and the dogs lead a quieter life. The new owners have the satisfaction that they have made the dog’s last years of life loving and comfortable.

A few important points on finding a new friend, microchipping and desexing are also included.

All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Sydney Dogs and Cats Home. You can purchase a copy via the publisher:

My rating  5/5 (how can you not love a cute book of dog photos)

Peter Sharp is a Sydney-based photographer who has had a love of animals for as long as he can remember. Peter does all the photography for the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, while also running his business Tame & Wild Studio, and volunteering his services at three not-for-profit organisations. 

This review is part of the Book Lover Book Review Aussie Author Challenge  

and part of the NonFiction reader challenge Category: Nature. 


  1. Awwwwww! I'm already tearing up just THINKING about this one! Any story of dogs finding love and warmth in their fur-ever home tugs really hard on my heartstrings. And I love the Sydney Dogs And Cats home, they do fantastic work! Hope this book raises them piles and piles of cash, they truly deserve it ❤️