Animal Camp: Reflections on a Decade of Love, Hope, and Veganism at Catskill Animal Sanctuary Overview
Picking up where she left off in Where the Blind Horse Sings, Kathy Stevens comes to us with more tales of the rescued animals at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Some touching, some hilarious, all provocative.
We meet Barbie, the broiler hen found hiding under a blue Honda in Brooklyn who falls for the animal ambassador Rambo, a ram with an uncanny sense of what others need.
Then there’s Norma Rae, the turkey rescued from a “turkey bowl” just before Thanksgiving.
There’s also Noah, a twenty-one-year-old stallion, starved and locked in a dark stall for his entire life until he came to Catskill. Claude, the giant pink free-range pig, is but another of the “underfoot family,” those who roam the barnyard, free and with dignity, interacting with their own and other species in startling and profound ways.
The love Stevens has for these animals and the amount of love they give her in return is stunning and will make any reader more thoughtful of how we treat animals in this country. Pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, horses, goats, sheep, and more march into our hearts as we learn about their personalities and what makes us human.
About the Author
Kathy Stevens co-founded Catskill Animal Sanctuary. It’s a special place where her love of teaching, her belief that education has the power to transform, and her love of animals come together.
Stevens is also the author of Where the Blind Horse Sings, a critically-acclaimed book about the work of Catskill. She is a frequent contributor to books, podcasts, and articles on animal sentience, animal rights, and veganism.
“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.” – John Robbins, author of The New Good Life, The Food Revolution, and Diet for New America
“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.” – Rory Freedman, co-author of Skinny Bitch
“Animal Camp is an incredibly moving, beautiful, sincere, honest book—one that, if read with a completely open heart, will have the capacity to change lives!” – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, best-selling author
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