Written by Julie Starkey
Illustrated by Hannah Starkey-Morris


Meet Ruby. She is a lovable, cheeky mutt, yet she is homeless. Who will take care of her?

Join Ruby on her journey to find her forever home.

SAFE Ruby Front Cover

Front Cover

SAFE Ruby was written by Julie Starkey and illustrated by her granddaughter, Hannah Starkey-Morris, when Hannah was four years old.

Its main character is based on the dog Ruby, who has lived in Hannah’s family for many years. The real-life Ruby was lucky to have been part of the SAFE (Saving Animals From Euthanasia) foster-care program, founded in the Pilbara region and now with branches all over Western Australia. SAFE provides temporary care for animals until they find their long-term home.

Ruby now lives happily in Broome with the Morris family.

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Price $9.95 plus postage

ISBN 9780977561582


Two kinds of notes for teachers are provided here.

  • Developed from John Munro’s 7 High Reliability Literacy Strategies  Click here 
  • Example questions to support thinking about puppy behaviour Click here

Praise for this publication:

“This is a gorgeous book! I totally adore it – deceptively simple, and magically profound. You will fall in love with this book, and with Ruby too! It is a book for all of us who love dogs. It also about acceptance, and the deep need of all people and animals for a home and love.”  —Jackie French, young adult and children’s author and Australian National Children’s Laureate (2014-2015)

SAFE Ruby is a wonderful story about an abandoned dog finding her forever home; a place where she can be loved and included despite her flaws. The collaboration between the generations to create such a lovely book raising awareness of such an important cause is inspiring. As the owner of a rescue dog, I know just how much joy they can bring into a home and I hope that many families are encouraged to contact SAFE or their local animal rescue group after reading about Ruby and Sarah.” Susan Whelan, Managing Editor Kids’ Book Review

“I love the drawings and Ruby’s story in this sweet tale about finding a forever home.”— Gabrielle Wang, young adult and children’s author