In a new book, Jim Gorant, an editor at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (published by Time Inc., as is PEOPLE), reports that Michael Vick's former fighting dogs keep making strides-and most are thriving.

WHERE ARE ALL THE DOGS TODAY?

Of the 47 rescued in 2007, 22 have been adopted, 3 are in foster homes, 17 remain at Best Friends, a rescue sanctuary. Five have died.

WHAT PROBLEMS DO THE ONES AT BEST FRIENDS HAVE?

Mostly they're terrified of strangers, and some aren't good with other dogs. The staff sees progress with all of them, but whether they can be in society, we don't know.

THE BIGGEST SUCCESS STORIES?

Seven do community work, like visiting at-risk youth. A real home-run is Hector-he's a therapy dog who's very outgoing and now does school appearances, TV. And there's Jonny Justice, who goes into libraries with Paws for Tales. If kids are self-conscious about reading aloud, he's happy to listen.