Sid Shapira, a longtime Carmel Valley resident, has won the 2015 Family Choice Award for his children’s book, Danny Dog, which aims to teach children the importance of giving animals a second chance. The story follows the journey of a rescue dog that experiences the ups and downs of waiting to finally be a part of a family. The book is aimed to teach children the vital role of pet rescue organizations in securing a forever home for animals.

Danny Dog was also listed on the RedRover Readers list, “Recommended Books with Humane Themes.” On the book’s theme, Sid shared, “After reading the book, I hope children will realize how important it is to rescue pets and give them a second chance and a forever home. After all, everyone deserves a second chance.” Danny Dog is based off of Sid and his wife’s real-life rescue dog, Danny. For more information visit