Campbell's sense of humor never strays from the center's primary purpose of showing how lives can be enriched by adopting pets, both with bon mots and heartfelt illustrations of love. The caption “I’ve got your back!” comes under a touching illustration of a cat and a human snug in bed together, and it could be coming from either or both figures. Even pleas for institutional assistance—such as a dog and cat saying “Uh...a little help, please?” while overwhelmed with baskets of darling kittens—are frisky delights.
The collection wisely forgoes details regarding when and where the cartoons were originally published and instead puts Campbell's expressive, fluid, and lighthearted linework front and center. Her focus on the foibles and personalities of the animals helps keep fresh what could have been a repetitive theme, and her skill as a cartoonist makes the drawings irresistible. Some highlight the staff, while others document the animals’ antics, and others imagine the residents of Rescue Village as Olympic athletes or an all-pet version of the cover of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This collection is a testament to how nonprofits can succeed through wit, humanity, and repeated examples of the deep rewards of giving.
Takeaway: Charming cartoons celebrating rescue animals and the act of giving.
Comparable Titles: Dave Coverly; The New Yorker Book of Dog Cartoons.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A