Animal Camp: Reflections on a Decade of Love, Hope, and Veganism at Catskill Animal Sanctuary by Kathy Stevens, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Animal Camp: Reflections on a Decade of Love, Hope, and Veganism at Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Animal Camp: Reflections on a Decade of Love, Hope, and Veganism at Catskill Animal Sanctuary

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by Kathy Stevens
     
 

Kathy Stevens has an abounding love of animals that is the foundation of compassion upon which the Catskill Animal Sanctuary is built. Her tales of the rescued animals who inhabit her haven are moving, provocative, and by turns hilarious and devastating.

Meet Barbie, the broiler hen found in Brooklyn hiding under a blue Honda, who falls for Rambo, a ram with an

Overview

Kathy Stevens has an abounding love of animals that is the foundation of compassion upon which the Catskill Animal Sanctuary is built. Her tales of the rescued animals who inhabit her haven are moving, provocative, and by turns hilarious and devastating.

Meet Barbie, the broiler hen found in Brooklyn hiding under a blue Honda, who falls for Rambo, a ram with an uncanny sense of what others need. Here’s Norma Jean, the turkey rescued from a “turkey bowl” just before Thanksgiving. Say hello to Noah, a twenty-one-year-old stallion, starved and locked in a dark stall for his entire life until he came to the safety and plenty of Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

More than 2,000 animals have lived and loved at Catskill Animal Sanctuary since its founding in 2003. And while the love Kathy Stevens and her devoted staff have for them is stunning, more remarkable is who the animals become at this place where kindness rules. Originally printed in 2010, this edition has been revised and expanded to allow fans of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary to catch up with Barbie, Rambo, Norma Jean, and the rest of the gang residing on Stevens’s farm.

Editorial Reviews

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
“"Animal Camp is an incredibly moving,
beautiful, sincere, honest book—one that, if read with a complete open heart,
will have the capacity to change lives!"”
Rory Freedman
“Laugh. Cry. Fall in love. At the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Kathy Stevens has created heaven-on-earth. And now, with this book, we all get to experience it.”
John Robbins
“If you love animals and know that they draw breath from the same source as we do, you'll love Animal Camp. This gentle, thoughtful, and moving book is a statement of our kinship with all of life. And it's a reminder to all of us that our choices and actions sometimes matter greatly.”
Publishers Weekly
The majority of Stevens's somewhat didactic narrative focuses on her and her dedicated staff's time spent at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, "a peaceful haven for needy farm animals" in New York's Hudson Valley. Stevens opened the Sanctuary in 2003 and speaks of it highly: "Six small barns house our pigs, cows, goats, and sheep, while some twenty other outbuildings provide deluxe digs for our horses, donkeys, and smaller animal friends... chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese." Stevens (Where the Blind Horse Sings) recalls with pride and delight experiences with her dog Murphy; Hazel, a pig in serious heat; and Norman, a turkey she'd rescued before Thanksgiving and subsequently renamed Norma Jean (upon discovering that "Norman" was in fact female). It's easy, pleasant reading, but when the discussion turns to veganism, Stevens shows her alarmist side ("growing animals to feed humans is the primary cause of global warming"). She may alienate readers by challenging their food choices and suggesting that animal lovers would never consume meat or dairy, but her ability to tell enjoyable stories about her menagerie takes the sting out of her polemic.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620875667
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,162,176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
"Animal Camp is an incredibly moving,
beautiful, sincere, honest book—one that, if read with a complete open heart,
will have the capacity to change lives!

Meet the Author

Giving up a thriving eleven-year teaching career, Kathy Stevens bought a disastrously rundown farm on a vast number of acres, and with sheer determination, boundless compassion, and limited funds, turned it into an acclaimed haven for abused livestock, the Catskills Animal Sanctuary. Her books, Where the Blind Horse Sings and Animal Camp, present heartening stories of the difficult work that has gone into saving more than 2,000 lives since the sanctuary’s 2001 founding.

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