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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738212768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738212760
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

The world is full of starving, abused animals. It is also full of people who need a loving friend. How these two worlds come together and the positive changes rescued animals have made to the people who open their hearts to them are the focus of this genuinely heart-warming collection of stories. As Jane Goodall states in her introduction, around the world, the therapeutic power of animals is being recognized, and this truism is borne out by uplifting testimonies. As the author says, what rescued animals do best is forgive and provide love. Cimmaron, a Thoroughbred who survived a horrific accident in a horse trailer, is now one of the prized therapy horses at a stable for handicapped riders. Randy Grim and his canine pal Quentin, who survived a euthanasia attempt in a gas chamber, cruise the streets of East St. Louis rescuing dogs and cats amid urban decay. Parrots, perpetual three-year-olds armed with a sharp object—and living up to 80 years—are expensive and routinely abandoned pets, 1,400 of whom have been rescued and re-homed by Eileen McCarthy. Beautifully illustrated with Judy Olausen’s photographs. --Nancy Bent

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Booklist, 10/15/08
“Beautifully illustrated.”

St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Karin Winegar and Judy Olausen teamed up to produce one of the most heartfelt and worthy books of the season.”

MinnPost.com
“Absolutely riveting.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“This book is inspiring, and at the same time joyful and tearful.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Keep the hankies handy while reading this moving collection of stories.”

Tucson Citizen
“The 28 essays in this collection are inspirational, compelling and poignant.”

Tampa Tribune
“Grab a tissue! You’ll be crying--and laughing--as you read about the powers pets have to heal people.”

Sierra Club’s “The Green Life,” 2/4/09
“This moving collection of true stories highlights the bonds formed between orphaned, abused, and abandoned animals and the people who rescue them.”

Modern Dog, Spring 2009
“This collection of compelling stories about rescued animals, the people who saved them, and the extraordinary relationships that are forged as a result will bring a tear to your eye.”

Alaska Airlines, March 2009
“These real-life stories of people who have adopted abandoned animals will warm your heart, and may even inspire you to bring home a new pet of your own.”


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If you love animals, or even if you don't, read this book, and buy it for your friends.
WordGirl
For those not blessed with the companionship or love of an animal, this book will move you to open your heart.
fellow rescuer
It makes me feel happy to be among humans like these during a time when the world seems disconnected.
Laurie Schneider

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WordGirl on November 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform is a feast--for animal lovers or for anyone who believes in the healing power of love, whether between, among, or within species. In crisp, spare, but evocative prose, animal lover and healer Karin Winegar brings her no-nonsense reporter's eye, her clear, strong voice, her quiet courage, and her wide-open heart to the noble task of telling the stories of people rescued by the pets they rescue.

Judy Olausen's wonderful photos both complement the narrative and reveal their own truths, and the effect of the collaboration is stunning. The interwoven stories and images shine with a generosity of spirit that is not only healing but also fully reciprocal--both between the subjects of the stories (human and nonhuman), and between the book's creators and their readers.

The animals are the stars of the book, but the people are far more than bit players. They're us--mostly ordinary people whose lives have been touched and changed by the creatures that have limped, crawled, and fluttered into their lives and their hearts. All are richly realized characters whose stories make you want to retrace the steps of the cross-country journey that this remarkable creative collaboration has brought to eloquent life.

I challenge anyone to read this book without crying. But even with all of the happy endings, this is not your garden-variety sappy, feel-good holiday book. The stories are elegantly crafted gems--literary journalism at its finest. They're sometimes searing, sometimes funny. And they're always deeply moving. But they're never cutesy or mawkish. These animals are real--no bassetts wearing antlers, cats in ruffles, or horses in bowlers; no animals frolicking and dancing, talking, or singing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Flanders on November 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Many books have been written about special relationships between humankind and their companion animals, but none as intelligent, yet heart-filled, as "Saved". It is a sensuous read. The author's talent for description allows the reader to live in each chapter through tasting, smelling, hearing, seeing, and feeling the unique story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl O'Leary on December 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A genuine compilation of stories about people that matter. If "Saved" were on the required reading list of secondary schools, our animals would need far less rescuing. Karin's writing is a flawless dance between storyteller and author. The pictures, both animal and human, capture the essence of the personalities portrayed. All are simply beautiful portraits of inspiring people and the animals that have been fortunate to enter their lives. Honest, informative... make that required reading for all.

Cheryl O'Leary
Founder
Rescue Me Dog
cheryl@rescuemedog.org
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Schneider on November 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
One of the best animal photographers and best writers today came together to produce this heartfelt book with beautiful photographs and engaging stories. It makes me feel happy to be among humans like these during a time when the world seems disconnected. These animals have an undying love and dedication to live and love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Rojas on January 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Karin,

After receiving your book, at work, and being given the opportunity to read the intro in between grooming appointments, I find myself in awe and tears. This book is huge.
Thank you.
Lisa
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Lisa J Rojas

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Moore on December 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'd like to add my kudos to this terrific book. Certainly the rescued and other animals are the focus, and their stories were fascinating even to a non-"animal-nut" like me. But I found myself particularly drawn to the human characters, especially the heroes (in my view) who have devoted so much of their lives to rescuing, caring for, and often sharing so many of the unfortunate/fortunate animals with others. They are very special people, and I am SO grateful for them and others like them. I also reveled in Ms. Winegar's ability to make the scenes and characters seem as real as they undoubtedly are, with the crispness and clarity we should expect from such a seasoned writer, but seldom experience. My only regret is that I'd have enjoyed seeing even more of Ms. Olausen's photography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Edelstein on October 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Thank you for witting this incredible, compassionate,loving book it has inspired me and if everyone would read it the world would be a better place. I have 3 dogs and a tortoise that I have rescued or as the book repeatedly shows they have rescued me.Thanks again I'm ready for volume 2 Ricardo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kari Granberg on February 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This amazing book truely moved me in a way that I have never felt before. It opened my eyes even further to what is going on in the world, and that there are people out there that share the same passion for animals and their well-being that you and I do. I hope that you pick up a copy to read for yourself, it is truly amazing and gratifying to read each individual story and explore the connections made between people and their beloved animals.
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