Shannon Kopp is a writer, eating disorder survivor, and animal welfare advocate. She has worked and volunteered at various animal shelters throughout San Diego and Los Angeles, where shelter dogs helped her to discover a healthier, more joyful way of living. Her mission is to help every shelter dog find a loving home, and to raise awareness about eating disorders and animal welfare issues.
"The dogs don't judge me or give me a motivational speech. They don't rush me to heal or grow. They sit in my lap and lick my face and make me feel chosen. And sometimes, it hits me hard that I'm doing the exact thing I say I cannot do. Changing." Pound for Pound (William Morrow) is the inspirational tale of one woman's journey back from the brink of self-destruction, and a heartfelt homage to the four-legged heroes who unexpectedly saved her life.
For eight years, Kopp battled the silent, horrific, and all-too-common disease of bulimia. Stuck in an endless cycle of bingeing and purging, Kopp was overwhelmed by broken promises: to herself, to her family, to her future. Finally, at twenty-four, she got a job working at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, where in caring for shelter dogs, she found the inspiration to heal and the courage to forgive herself. With the help of some extraordinary homeless animals--dogs like Sweet Pea, Big Girl, Abby, Stewie, and countless others--Kopp realized from her suffering something beautiful had been born. Compassion.
Kopp's poignant memoir is a story of hope, resilience, and the spiritual healing animals bring to our lives. Pound for Pound vividly reminds us that animals are more than just friends and companions—they can teach us how to savor the present moment and reclaim our joy. Rich with emotion and inspiration it is essential reading for animal lovers and anyone who has struggled to change.
Praise for Pound for Pound:
“Anyone who has ever loved an animal, battled depression, or struggled with an addiction of any kind will not be able to put down Pound for Pound...brave account of the healing power of shelter dogs is not only a page-turner, but a true inspiration..”
--Laura Maloney, former Chief Operating Officer of Humane Society of the United States, current COO of Panthera
"Every now and again a book comes along that can help millions of people… POUND FOR POUND is one of those inspirational gems. Shannon Kopp’s personal story… is a must read. "
--Marc Bekoff, author of Rewilding our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence
"Don’t miss POUND FOR POUND…It’s a story you’ll always remember, a testament to the healing energy of our canine companions, who ask only for love and then give it back in spades.”
--Glenn Plaskin, Author of KATIE Up and Down the Hall, The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors Into a Family