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

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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....

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.”
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!"”
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: 5/1/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 427,693
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    This book was such an inspiration. The animals in these pages ar

    This book was such an inspiration. The animals in these pages are truly someone, not something, and I hope the book encourages many to leave animals off their plates, and let them into their hearts. I'm more inspired than ever to visit a farmed animal sanctuary!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    I have always wanted to visit a sanctuary for farmed animals, be

    I have always wanted to visit a sanctuary for farmed animals, because I've read about how they each have unique personalities and skills, are intelligent well beyond what people give them credit for, and, even after suffering so much abuse, are capable of showing immense love to humans. Animal Camp makes me want to go even more, but until I can make it, the heartwarming, inspiring, and sometimes tear-jerking stories in this book make a nice substitute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    I have always loved animals but haven't taken the vegan plunge.

    I have always loved animals but haven't taken the vegan plunge. After reading "Animal Camp", I ordered several vegan cookbooks. I can no longer look at animals and separate their personalities and the fact that they feel fear and love from the meat on my plate. Kathy has shown the depth that animals have, along with her own unbelievable dedication to saving lives. Even if you're not a vegetarian, you will love the stories Kathy tells. My 14 year-old daughter enjoyed the book as well and it looks like we'll be going vegan together!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Oh how I loved this book! Stevens is all heart and soul. She p

    Oh how I loved this book! Stevens is all heart and soul. She paints a vivid picture of what life is like for animals on factory farms, in processing plants, in grow lots and other agribusiness, but that for a few, there is joy after misery and life beyond pain. She proves - without any doubt whatsoever - that individuals CAN make a difference, a REAL difference. We all just need to take those small steps, and believe that doing something, anything is far better than doing nothing. Inspirational and moving and thought-provoking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting story of one brave soul a

    Heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting story of one brave soul and how her connection to animals led her to try and change the world

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