Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope from Rescued Farm Animals

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2010 - Nature - 189 pages
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Picking up where she left off in Where the Blind Horse Sings, Kathy Stevens regales us with more tales of the rescued animals at Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS), 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 the safety and plenty of CAS. 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 a whole class of animals in this country. Pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, horses, goats, sheep, and more, march into CAS and into our hearts as we learn about their quirks and personalities and what makes us human.
 

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Animal Camp is Kathy Stevens' second book, after Where the Blind Horse Sings, relaying stories and meditations on the pigs, sheep, goats, horses, chickens, and other farm animals; humans and dogs; and ... Read full review

Contents

Get Off the Fence
3
Moving Day
13
A Fine Fine Spot
19
Returning Home
46
Nine Happy Horses
57
A Girl Named Norman
65
The Audacity of Love
75
Hazels in Heat
93
Pig Kissing 101
106
Home for the Holidays
114
When Winter Kicks Your Ass
122
On Anthropomorphism
132
The Slaughter Truck
144
The Little Horse That Could
154
Just Another Day at CAS
170
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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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