Book:Last Stop Before Rainbow Bridge (True Animal Rescue Stories) by Mark Feldstein

Don’t let the title of this book deter you from reading it. I must confess that when I first saw the title, my gut reaction was, “Oh no, a book that is going to make me sad, do I REALLY want to read this?” Then, when I read the first chapter, (which I will admit DID upset me) entitled Hoarder I still had my doubts.

I am glad I continued on. 


turned out to refer to a situation that is close to my heart. I live in a suburb of Detroit, and Rambo and the City discusses the sad (and SADLY TRUE), fact that there are an estimated 50,000 dogs left behind in the city of Detroit due to financial woes that had befallen many in the city for at least the past ten plus years.

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One of the dogs that had been left by his owners due to financial hell was Rambo, a Pit Bull Terrier Mix. The chapter tells of how The Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR), a non-profit, no-kill center works tirelessly to help save dogs like Rambo. Thankfully, Rambo had been given a family for his final three months of life.


From Mark Feldstein:I had planned to help you justify your purchase of this book and inspire you to join the fight by sharing the vast number of animals that are euthanized every day, the irresponsibility of those who abuse or mistreat animals, and the lack of strong laws and regulations.

Instead, I will let these inspiring rescue stories speak for themselves.

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Last Stop Before Rainbow Bridge Brings Together

Heartbreaking and Heartwarming True Animal Rescue Stories,

Helps Support Ongoing Efforts to Give Animals A Second Chance

FROM THE PUBLISHER: In preparation for the book, Feldstein contacted shelters and sanctuaries from across the country and found animal rescuers hungry to have their stories told. Most of the people he spoke to expressed that animal rescue is not a vocation or choice: rather, it’s their passion. As one rescuer explained, “I do it for the times when an abused horse nuzzles my shoulder, for the times a cat has been burned climbs right into my lap, for the times a dog from a hoarding case licks my chin. I do it for the times when I see people connect with chickens and tell me I’ll never eat meat again. I do it for the times when all the animals are laying happily in the sunshine, feeling safe and loved.”

During his research, Feldstein also learned that many of these non-profits struggle to get by on very little funding from the public. He decided to help by raising funds in the only way he could conceive: through writing and sharing their stories, with over a third of the profit to be donated to animal rescues.

Now you see just part of why I continued reading and why YOU will too.

All of the animals mentioned above (and MORE) are written about in this book. Some of the stories ARE tear-jerkers, some are funny, some will disgust you, but MOST will WARM YOUR HEART.

“Sharing the individual tales of animal rescue from varied points of view, including the good and the bad, the sad and the more humorous sides of the stories featured in this book takes the reader beyond the nameless and faceless statistics and gives a voice to creatures, big and small, who can’t tell their own stories of hardship, tragedy and survival.”

Because I have a Sheltie,

a couple of MY favorite stories were:


Bella, a dirty and neglected Shetland Sheepdog is matched with an older gentleman who was grieving the passing of his beloved Sheltie, (ready for this?) who ALSO had been named Bella.



I won’t reveal all of the details of this chapter but it touched me enormously.


Sheltie dogs are brought to shelters for all different reasons. Some are abandoned, some lost and some for no known reason except maybe an owner simply no longer wants the responsibility. By far, though, the worst reason is when it is due to a severe injury. 

More often than not, these types of injuries are caused by being hit by a car. Seldom does the driver involved in the accident deliver the animal. Usually, they pretend to be ignorant of hitting the innocent animal and continue driving. More often, it’s a witness to the accident, or the person discovering the aftermath.

This is exactly what happened to Charlie. The gorgeous little Sheltie was hit by a car and two girls found him by the side of the road in a great deal of pain. He was breathing very slowly. They gently picked him up and took him to the nearest animal shelter.






FROM THE PUBLISHER: Feldstein is already working on Volume Two. He hopes that his book will increase public awareness of animal abuse and motivate volunteerism, donations, fostering and pet adoptions by subtly educating and entertaining through real-life stories that illustrate the extent of the problem of animal abuse and neglect across the nation-sharing what underfunded non-profit, no-kill shelters see every day-and also revealing the quiet joy and the hope at the heart of every rescue.


Don’t let the title deter you from reading this much-needed book. You will find Last Stop Before Rainbow Bridge to be as enlightening and heartwarming and NECESSARY, as  I did.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Mark Feldstein, the stepson of the late Al Feldstein (co-creator and former leading editor of Mad Magazine, 1956-1985) carries on his dad’s legacy as a rescuer who saved hundreds of animals in the span of 20 years. In “Last Stop Before Rainbow Bridge,” the younger Feldstein collects narratives from no-kill, non-profit shelters and sanctuaries that have changed not only the lives of rescued animals but also the lives of their beloved rescuers and adoptive “forever” families. You can read more about Mark on his website





In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a copy of Last Stop Before Rainbow Bridge, in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful book
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  2. Lily Belle & Muffin says:

    Just looking at Rambo’s picture made us cry. What a sweet, sweet soul. We’ll have to check the book out.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  3. This sounds like a very heartwarming book! Every dog deserves a forever home!
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  4. We are sure it is a beautiful book and well worth the read
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  5. Thanks for the review.
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  6. I am tearing up just hearing about the book from you! I am glad that many of the stories have happy endings but oh, I just cannot stand the thought of pets being abandoned, injured, etc. You all are brave readers! I hope the book sells tons of copies…since 1/3 of the profits is going to animal rescue.
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  7. We could all use more stories about love and loss to remind us what’s really important.

  8. That does sound like a wonderful book. Generally I avoid the tearjerkers but this one sounds inspiring 🙂
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  9. Monika says:

    I can only imagine how hard it would be to write that kind of a book, let alone read it. This past end of year, all my charity contributions went to these kinds of struggling shelters for the exact reason the author cited and I will do the same this year as well. They work tirelessly with little resources to help out the most vulnerable. Thanks for sharing the review-I’ll look for this book. 🙂
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  10. It sounds like a terrific book with some truly heartwarming stories.
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  11. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    They should put disclaimers on the chapters…..”this chapter will make you smile”, “this one will make you cry”, “this chapter will turn you into a blubbering fool”. That way if youre reading it on an airplane or something you wont make a fool of yourself!

  12. Dip and Elliot says:

    Sounds like a very moving book. Thank goodness there are places willing to help these poor dogs.
    Dip and Elliot x

  13. Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles says:

    I would love to read this, but of course a big box of tissue will have to be nearby…

  14. Misaki says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book
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  15. Agreed. The title would have definitely made me think twice about reading it. I hate being sad 🙁
    It sounds like a very heart warming book though!
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  16. Glad you explained this book to us, The title does make the story sound sad…
    Now, thanks to you many will read it! You go Caren!

  17. Angel Pip and Ruby says:

    This book sounds amazing. The title would have scared me also, but I’m glad you set the record straight. All the chapters you mention sound beautiful and moving. I’m definitely adding this one to my list! Thanks!

  18. Thank you for telling us about this book, Caren. And thank you for introducing it the way you did, because I thought the same way you did! 🙂
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  19. sad so sad even where I live. Momwithoutpaws wishes people would stop breeding even for 1 year and others would start adopting
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  20. Clowie says:

    The title would have put me off. I’m glad there are so many heart-warming stories. It’s so sad when animals lose their homes.
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  21. First of all, thank you, Dakota, for the wonderful review. After spending a year researching and writing my book, there is nothing better than to get feedback like yours that confirms that I accomplished my goal; sharing amazing stories by a group of passionate people. I have come to highly respect those that devote their lives to saving animals – a world about which 2 years ago, I never even considered. Now, I’m joining that world.

    About the title – there is a little back story on that which I will share. So, if you read above, you see that my Dad (Step-dad but he was the only Dad I ever knew) retired as editor of Mad Magazine and moved to Montana. He really just wanted “space” (249 acre ranch!) but ended up, quite by accident, running a self-funded animal rescue ranch. He never filed as a non-profit and paid for it all out of his own pocket.

    Anyway, I went for a visit and was overwhelmed by all the animals and stories. I offered to write a book to help him raise money for the ranch. My title was going to be “A Little Slice of Heaven”. After returning home, he decided he was getting on in years (he passed away a year ago and never saw the book published!), and didn’t want the notoriety a book would bring – along with, inevitably, more animals. By that time, I was so dedicated to the concept that I decided to continue the project. but instead of the ranch, I would reach out to non-profit rescues for their stories and to help them financially. Dad is the one who suggested my new title since the original one didn’t apply any longer. I wrote the entire book, he wrote just the title, and, now I have since learned, the title scares potential readers away. I hadn’t realized that it would have that type of impact at the time.

    So, thanks Dad, if you are listening, for the inspiration but lousy title! Lol. Sheesh.

    And to all of you who took the risk to read past the title, the rescues (about 50 of them) and I all want to sincerely thank you.

    Mark Feldstein

    P.S. Sara, you won’t need a box of tissues! Only a few stories end sadly. Most, by far, are happy endings! And many are downright funny.

    • Dakota says:

      Mark I THANK YOU for stopping by and for your kind words, and for sharing the wonderful back story. Your Dad was truly special (as you are). I can relate to having a funny father, my Dad was a famous Editorial Cartoonist (Ray Osrin, he passed in 2001 and i am so sorry for your loss as well). Your passion and dedication to rescues and animals is truly touching. Ohhh yesss your Dad is smiling from above!

      • Dakota, sorry about your Dad as well. It looks like your Dad did comics, too – like my Dad. Before Mad, he wrote and drew for Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror and others before they were banned under McCarthyism. Your Dad did related-type comics, too!

        I just returned from a 2 week trip to Spain and Norway and had plenty of time to consider your comments and those of your readers and have come to a decision; I am going to change the title of my book despite losing my reviews on Amazon and how much work it entails. I can see that it is hurting sales and, therefore, hurting my ability to help the shelters. So, I’d love feedback from everyone on the new title: FINDING A FOREVER HOME. It would still have the sub-title of True Animal Rescue Stories.

        I’m hoping this is a better reflection of the content of the book.

        • Dakota says:

          Hi my furiend! Thank you but that was my Mom’s Dad…(I didn’t know him)….he was an Editorial Cartoonist at Ohio’s largest newspaper for 30 years. Before that waaay back in the day he “inked” comics in comic books such as
          “Super Car” and more. His work was printed by Time, Newsweek and many more. Thank you for your kind words! I think your new title is fabulous and much more positive-sounding! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  22. Hi Dakota;

    Well, it’s done! I finished changing the title, cover, re-edit of the book and uploading to Amazon – and it’s all due to your input along with your follower’s comments. So, thank you all.

    When you have a chance, check out the new cover and let me know what you think!

    Take care.


    P.S. Since I had to give up my 5 star rating with the old version, I sure would appreciate if you or any of your followers wouldn’t mind giving me a rating on Amazon under the new book title to get me started again! Don’t mention the old title, of course – that would negate what I’m trying to accomplish.

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