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Ranch of Dreams: The Heartwarming Story of America's Most Unususal Animal Sanctuary Paperback – October 1, 1998

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In Ranch of Dreams, Cleveland Amory recounts his adventures traveling hither and yon for the Fund for Animals, saving creatures from human excesses. A zoo lover since being introduced to Anna Sewell's Black Beauty during childhood, Amory has made a great project of founding and maintaining an East Texas ranch that serves as a sanctuary for endangered and abused creatures, from burros evicted from the Grand Canyon to a great menagerie of kinkajous, foxes, pigs, aoudads, buffalo, and elephants, among others. He is a gracious and knowledgeable commentator on the lives of these animals, and a man of considerable tact, which must have helped when dealing with, say, the Defense Department in his efforts to save wild goats from a California island used for gunnery practice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Black Beauty Ranch in east Texas is a childhood dream fulfilled for author, critic, editor, and anticruelty activist Amory, who founded the Fund for Animals. At this wildlife refuge, abused animals live out the remainder of their lives in dignity. Amory tells the heartwrenching stories of individual residents in the larger context of humanity's cruelty to animals in general. Residents include burros rescued by helicopter from the Grand Canyon despite U.S. Park Service efforts to thwart the attempt. There is Nim, the chimpanzee, raised by a human family, who could communicate in sign language but was sent to a lab to be a subject in a hepatitis experiment. Three-legged cats, navy goats, a diving horse, circus elephants, and bison?all live peacefully on the ranch. A necessary purchase for all libraries serving patrons concerned with environmental and animal rights issues.
-?Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1st Thus. edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140269754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140269758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is the best piece of non-fiction ever written. It is about an amazing ranch that takes in abused animals and their stories. The abuse mentioned in this book is horrible. From the tortured wild horses to the outrageous mistreatment of circus elephants. I could not put this book down. The only times that I did was when the tears blurred the pages.
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By A Customer on December 7, 1998
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I was a bit dubious about reading this book, especially after my fiance thrust it at me and demanded that I read it the whole way through. Not really having read anything by Amory before, this was the first time. The stories within the book are at the same time inspiring and heartbreaking. It's wonderful to read about caring and hope in a world that can be so callous and cruel towards the animals. It was inspirational, and after finishing it I made a vow to make a donation towards his efforts. The book documents his honorable cause in great detail, and it would be hard for anyone to find a reason to put the book down.
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Having never read anything by Cleveland Amory before I was quite surprised to learn of Black Beauty Ranch in East Texas.Ranch of Dreams opened my eyes to what really goes on behind the circus tents,most haunting and heartwrenching the cruel treatment of the elephants,ripped from their mothers and herds and beaten into submission.Dear Mr Amory;he passed before writing a follow up book. The book is well worth the read,a lesson in human compassion,and when you are finished,pass it on to a friend.
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Cleveland Amory wrote of his beloved cat Polar Bear, "Heaven will be no heaven for me if Polar Bear is not there."
I say heaven will be no heaven for me if Cleveland Amory is not there. Anyone with even a small soft spot in his heart cannot fail to be moved by the stories of the Black Beauty Ranch and the animals of various species that call it home.
Someone recently asked me what I'd do if I didn't need to work for a living. I think I'd want to go to Murchison, Texas and help care for the ranch's residents.
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I have been donating to the Fund for Animals for quite some time but had never read/heard the story of how it came about. Cleveland tells a fascinating story of what was behind his vision of creating the Black Beauty Ranch. The unbelievable cruelness of people is hard to deal with -- but here is an individual who had actively fought it and created a peaceful home to so many abused, neglected animals of all kinds. I found it thoroughly enjoyable and it made me want to donate more.
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I absolutely loved this book. Although difficult to handle when reading about the abuse of animals, it is so well written that you just can't put it down. Cleveland's sense of humor shows through his writing and makes this book a must-read! And, if you haven't been to the Ranch of Dreams - you must go!!! Black Beauty Ranch in TX is the most beautiful place in the world - and the beauty is so much more than what meets the eye!
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Very good book but it is a bit of a downer that I wouldn't recommend for very young readers. The work his ranch does is amazing. His graphic descriptions of the abuse that took place before the animals arrive may be hard on more sensitive minds.
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I read this book in one day. I have always enjoyed animals and in some way people have given me animals that are sick, unwanted, and sometimes abused. I have recently moved to Texas on a 58 acre ranch w/my 13 dogs and 1 parrot and 1 husband. I came with a plan to have a place where we could take in animals that were no longer wanted and they could live their lives out with no worry of being mistreated, unloved or put down, which I do not believe in. Since we have arrived, we have rescued 4 donkeys, 1 llama, various unwanted fowl, cats and other assorted wildlife. The message this book conveys is that all living creatures want to be loved, cared for and feel safe. I cried at reading some accounts of the cruelty that these animals endured, but survived. I hope to be able to do what Amory did and still continues to do through his foundation. A wonderful book that has a heartfelt message to the creatures that bring joy to our lives as humans.
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