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Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope from Rescued Farm Animals Hardcover – September 8, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (September 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080112
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,838,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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. (Sept.)
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"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!" --Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone, animal lover or not! :)
Jacob Pinkham
In "Animal Camp" Kathy Stevens continues the story of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and the rescued animals who live there.
carrboar
The animal sanctuary is such a happy and beautiful place shining a light on the good!
jenb

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Franklin on December 30, 2010
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It is difficult to write a review of this book, due to the polarizing nature of its topic. If I pan the book, Ms. Stevens' fans will surely accuse me of being insensitive to the plight of farm animals. But the book has way too many flaws to make it worthy of unqualified praise.

First of all, the `camp' referred to in the title occupied 6 weeks of summer, during which she took a few animals to live with her at her partner's country cottage. In the book, this adventure occupies 50 pages. In the remaining 130 pages, no mention is made of the camp, which left me with the feeling that this much ballyhooed experiment didn't really happen--or that perhaps it didn't yield the results she was hoping for, so she chose to ignore it for the rest of the book.

I also wondered if the manner in which she managed the camp indicates how she manages her sanctuary. Quite frankly, she comes across as rather reckless. She poorly plans the transport and reintroduction of animals, plays lame pranks, and hopes to set up a variety of experiences, the purpose of which seems to be to surprise her longsuffering partner. She expresses several wishes: "what I'm really hoping is that Franklin [the pig] joins us for a swim" and "what I'm really hoping for is that Alex [an interloping pigeon] rides on Franklin's back." We never know if either happened--and these two simple fantasies indicate what we learn about her bigger hopes. Ms. Stevens is so preoccupied with what she wants to have happen that she never tells us what really does transpire.

It's obvious that she wants a perfect world. She is so committed to it that she paints one herself, but the brush strokes are those of a caricaturist. I expected the photo plates to filled with Thomas Kincade prints.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By carrboar on September 2, 2010
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In "Animal Camp" Kathy Stevens continues the story of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and the rescued animals who live there. New animals who were recsued since "Where the Blind Horse Sings" are introduced, and stories of the animals in the earlier book are updated. Everyone- animal lovers and everyone else- should be educated about how animals are mistreated. Stevens does this in "Animal Camp,' but in a way that is not shocking or will make a reader put the book down.
"Animal Camp" is an enjoyable book by itself, but readers may also want to read Steven's first book "Where the Blind Horse Sings."
(I'm looking forward to the next book!)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Pinkham on February 4, 2011
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Of all the books I've read, this was the best. By FAR. I have been vegetarian for a long time, and was thinking of going vegan, but this book convinced me. Animal Camp exposes the truth about the food industry which will shock almost anyone. It was hilarious and adorable too! All the animals have such incredible stories that will touch your heart. I would recommend this book to anyone, animal lover or not! :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Schmidt on October 9, 2010
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"Animal Camp" is the follow-up to Kathy Stevens' first book, "Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary". I recommend both books to any animal lover - and to those who are interested in learning about the deep lives animals lead. You will read more stories that illuminate just how much animals are like us humans (who are also animals). The book is basically split up into two parts: the first part is about Kathy taking three of the CAS (Catskill Animal Sanctuary) animals to a special "summer camp", where they will all learn something about themselves. Each animal has had their own "difficulties" at CAS, so the summer camp is an opportunity for them to grow in a more dedicated environment. The second half of the book is about their return to CAS, and also more stories about the wonderful animals CAS has provided not only a home for, but a rich and rewarding life.

What Kathy Stevens has created in CAS is nothing short of amazing. I find it hard to believe anyone could read her books and not have a fundamental change in how they view animals, specifically farm animals which we Americans take completely for granted. Her books have changed me and hopefully will do the same for others.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GJAM on September 27, 2010
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In her second book about the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, author and founder Kathy Stevens continues to engage the reader in her personal and loving knowledge of farm animals as individuals with distinct personalities. Stevens' talent at portraying animals like Franklin the Pig and Tucker the Cow would make them memorable characters even in a fictional book. The fact that animals like these really exist and have overcome tremendous suffering at the hands of humans to be the quirky characters that they are allowed to become at the sanctuary makes the book even more endearing. Stevens does not stop at portraying these loveable characters and their antics, but also explains how each person's choice of food can make a big difference in reducing the number of animals that must suffer and die. It is to her credit that this is done in a way that engages the reader, whether they have made the choice to give up eating animals or not.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CTJulie on September 13, 2010
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"Animal Camp" is a book full of Joy, Hope and Love. After reading and falling in love with the cast and crew of Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Stevens debut book "Where the Blind Horse sings", I was eager to reconnect with the places and characters that have all earned the right to enjoy a peaceful life in a safe haven.
Although factory farming, rampant abuse and cruelty to animals exist and they are painfully real. Most people choose to turn a blind eye, assuming wrongly that it is a necessity. Kathy Stevens takes on a huge challenge:raising awareness without turning people off or away. In "Animal Camp" Kathy Stevens manages to do just that and brings us into a world of kindness and hope. She leaves us wondering..."What if there is a better way?"
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Kathy Stevens spent her childhood on the rolling hills of a Virginia horse farm. At the height of his success, her father had close to 150 horses at a given time. Add to that the family dogs, a sheep named Babbette who wore diapers in the house, a burro named Linda, George the mynah bird, and Kathy's own show ponies and horses.

Kathy left the South in the early 80's and entered graduate school at Tufts University in 1984. After two years in a public policy program, the idea of making a difference from behind a desk was utterly unappealing. She wanted to impact young people's lives through working directly with them. So she added a third year of graduate school and took her first English teaching job north of Boston in 1987.

In the summer of 1999, after a decade in the classroom, Kathy was offered the principalship of a new high school scheduled to open in Boston in 2000. But to her own astonishment (again), she felt finished with public education. So one warm June day, she made her final end of the year speech to her final group of graduating seniors, encouraging them to be bold, to have courage, to write their own stories. But what was hers to be?

She asked herself the big questions: "What do you love? What do you believe in? What do you do best? She talked with friends. She kept a journal. She cashed in her teacher's retirement to live on while she waited for answers to come. Mostly, she took epic hikes through the woods with her yellow lab and best pal Murphy.

Three insights guided her through this important period of reflection:

1. She detested suffering and felt compelled to address it...in some fashion.

2. She loved teaching, and suspected she would miss the experience of guiding minds toward deeper understanding.

3. She loved and missed having animals in her life.

In 2001, with some good fortune and a great deal of hard work, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of the nation's only "teaching sanctuaries," was born.

Eight years later, Catskill Animal Sanctuary has saved over 1,600 farm animals--nearly all of them victims of unspeakable suffering. They have accepted animals seized by police from failed or fraudulent sanctuaries. They have worked with State Police and the New York State Humane Association to prosecute serial abusers who keep scores or hundreds in filth and confinement. On weekends, visitors come to this joy-driven place to meet their remarkable residents, and laugh when Rambo the sheep demands to have his rear end scratched, or when Franklin, their young orphaned pig, trots up and says, "Glad you're here!!! Have anything to eat??!"

With meaningful relationships, a wonderful partner, and her best pal Murphy tagging along everywhere she goes, Kathy Stevens continues to live a blessed life. She is puzzled when people refer to her as a "hero" or a "saint." "How many people are fortunate enough to do what they love, what they believe in?" Kathy asks. "I'm the luckiest person I know. Catskill Animal Sanctuary is simply my gift to the world--a thank you for a life filled with opportunity. It's a place that embodies everything I believe in--and what I believe in, essentially, is love."