The Alden children are volunteering at the local Animal Shelter when they discover that the shelter is being forced to close! And then the children find animals that have been abandoned, right at their doorstep. The Boxcar Children are determined to help care for the animals but they are also curious when they find out that most of them belong to an old woman who seems to have disappeared. Where did she go and who are the strange men living at her house? Another mystery to solve! #22 in the series.
When a calico cat appears at Grandfather's, the children look for the founder of the town's animal shelter.
Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in 1890 in Putnam, Connecticut, where she taught school and wrote The Boxcar Children because she had often imagined how delightful it would be to live in a caboose or freight car. Encouraged by the book's success, she went on to write eighteen more stories about the Alden children.