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Rescue Ink: How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs, One Duck,and a Few Turtles Hardcover – September 17, 2009

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The brawny and heavily tattooed bikers constituting Rescue Ink, formed officially in 2008, have put a bounty on abusive dog (and other animal) owners. For almost a year, Flaim (The Holistic Dog Book) rode along with Batso, Big Ant, Johnny O, Angel, G and their five intimidating compadres on in your face missions to rescue abused and neglected animals, track down stolen dogs, teach compassion toward animals to high school students, rescue an estimated 180 cats from a house and—in one harrowing account—confront a cruel recluse who was killing squirrels, birds and strays in his backyard for sport. Flaim ably blends colorful profiles of the individual members—Joe Panz is the kind of guy who could break out in hives just from saying the word frappuccino—with journalistic accounts of their interventions with trappers, torturers and garden-variety dirtbags. Starring in a National Geographic reality television show premiering this fall, the all-volunteer group's commitment inspires and endears. Photos. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Comprised of motorcycle and tattoo aficianados, Rescue Ink is a nonprofit animal rescue organization based in Long Island, New York. They have been featured in People and The New York Times.

Denise Flaim was a staff writer at Newsday from 1994 to 2008 and is the author of The Holistic Dog Book and Getting Lucky: How One Special Dog Found Love and a Second Chance at Angel's Gate. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (September 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670021164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670021161
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,359,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tara Chevrestt VINE VOICE on October 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
You ever walk somewhere and draw funny looks? You ever looked up from eating a fabulous steak dinner in a real nice restaurant and just stop mid chew because the couple across the aisle won't stop blatantly staring at you? Or maybe somebody has looked at you like you imagine they would look at Ted Bundy? I have a couple of tattoos and I get these looks everytime I wear a tank top. I can imagine how these big, tattoed bikers feel. Meet Big Ant, G, Batso, Johnny O, Eric, Des, Joe, Robert, Bruce, Angel, and the lone female, Mary. These ten heavily tattoed New York bikers (and Mary) have set out to show the world that loving animals is cool. It doesn't make you less of man. Or less of a biker. While rescuing numberous dogs, cats, pigs, horses, and ducks these guys are also showing the more ignorant folks out there that bikers are not bad. If people quit judging others on appearance alone, they may be surprised at what is under the skin.

I like this. I like these guys' stories. I got a good laugh every now and then, especially with the pig round up. I respect what these guys are trying to do, save the animals one dog or pig at a time. When they can't coax an owner to part with a neglected pet, they build a dog house for it. When families cannot afford to spay or neuter, these guys find a vet to do it for free. When they are not rescuing pets, they are visiting schools and talking to troubled kids or spreading the word and their phone numbers to encourage people to report animal abuse.

I hope there is a sequel. This was about getting to know the guys and their stories. What childhood experiences made them what they are today? Why do they care so much about animals? What made them start this group? And of course, there are rescue stories. I hope there is another, or even a series of books for those of us that don't get the National Geographic channel. I understand they have a show coming out.

Thumbs up, Rescue Ink.
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This book is great. Very honest. I mean it tells the truth about animal rescue, the failures as well as the successes.
I'm going to buy several more as gifts. A perfect book for kids too....any age.
These guys are really something! The other reviewer ( Doglover )only gave it 3 stars because he/she felt it didn't do the guys justice. That may very well be....I don't know them personally....but after reading this book I sure wish I did...buy it..you won't be sorry.
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Sure, this is a very special and unique group of guys, streetwise, tough and tattooed, who find, rescue, rehab, love animals, and go after those who would abuse these animals -- these guys are GREAT role models, and more guys need to do this.

But "the stereotype of the crazy cat lady in tennis shoes feeding kittens out of pie tins in a vacant lot" is JUST that -- a Stereotype and NOT fact. It reminds me of what the Environmentalists used to be called in the late 1960's: "Little old ladies in tennis shoes" -- again, another very erroneous stereotype.

(BTW-- feeding cats -- who WILL be TNR'd -- in vacant lots with pie tins IS logical. Rescuers -- male and female -- KNOW that light-weight paper plates will blow away in the wind and cause some not-too-happy feelings among the local residents by adding even more litter to the area).

"Cat Ladies" have risked life and limb -- including one woman who single-handedly TNR'd ferals in parts of Bensonhurst and "tamed" the local populace who at first hated the cats, and then... considered the cats as "theirs" to look after, worry about, and care for.

Anyway, getting back to this very-well written and engrossing book -- these guys are a credit to their ilk -- may there be more people (male and female) like them. They are a living testament to the reality that kindness and compassion do not always come wrapped in cute outer trappings, but in a hard-boiled realistic reaction towards the injustices happening to innocent animals and how to combat it.
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Growing up in New York I've known guys like this my whole life. I think this book is too short and doesn't give these guys enough props, but it gets FIVE STARS because everyone who has a heartbeat should read about these improbable rescuers.

If you've seen the show RESCUE INK UNLEASHED on National Geographic then you know that this is a group of big guys with big hearts. Life's not easy, and most of these guys had some pretty tough breaks in life. They have all the rough edges you might expect of New York City street kids-turned-bikers. Yet, rather than taking a lesser path they've taken a greater one, and help animals in need and educate the public about animal mistreatment. There's always work to do.

Too many people might judge them on their hard biker image, but the only hardness I saw in them was directed toward animal abusers. The general public and especially animals have great friends in the Rescue Ink crew. I encourage everyone to support their cause.
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This book is great. I've been watching the show "Rescue Ink" on cable TV when I can. It's so good to know that all kinds of people have a heart for abused animals.
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