The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril by Laura Schenone

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Read The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril Online Free - Greyhounds, bred to be the fastest racing dogs on earth, are streaks of lightning. Beautiful, astonishing creatures, tens of thousands of them have been abandoned and destroyed every year once they can no longer compete and win.

The Dogs of Avalon introduces us to the strong-willed Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued only for their utility. But Fitzgibbon believes that suffering is felt by all creatures, and she champions the cause of strays, baffling those around her—including her family—as she and a group of local women rescue any animal in need and taking on increasingly risky missions.

When Fitzgibbon becomes head of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and focuses on the cause of the greyhound, she faces an entrenched racing industry protected by money and power. She joins forces with an American greyhound activist, a foxhunter’s wife, a British lady, and an influential German animal rescuer to create an international network to find these animals homes, confront the racing industry, and provide safe havens where animals can live in peace.

The Dogs of Avalon brings forward the people on the other side of the tracks—Irish Travellers (a people whose Celtic history goes back centuries), dogmen who hope to win big—together with a host of animals on two continents—circus tigers in Ireland, wild monkeys in the Yucatan, dolphins in a marine animal park in Florida, and one very special Irish sight hound in New Jersey named Lily.

In this potent David and Goliath story, Schenone’s journey helps us understand our deep connection to animals and gives us inspiration in the form of the unforgettable Fitzgibbon, who grapples with compassion and activism and shows the difference we are all capable of making in the world.

Title : The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril
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ISBN : 0393073580
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Chelsea rated it ★★★★★

September 15, 2017

Meet my new favorite nonfiction book - I loved this book so much that I can’t seem to find a way to review this book that sums up why it was so important to me. I stumbled upon this book on the first day I got my Edelweiss account, and I am so glad I took a chance on this book that I had never hea...

Crittermom rated it ★★★★★

June 01, 2017

The Dogs of Avalon is an incredible book, but not an easy one to read.  The subject matter is emotionally charged and has a profound effect on the reader.  On the one hand, you see how much good a handful of people manage to do with limited resources.  On the other hand, you see how monumental th...

Racheal rated it ★★★★☆

July 18, 2017

The Dogs of Avalon is an important book that brings to light the cruelty of greyhound racing. The main focus of the book is on the greyhounds of Ireland and the animal advocates that work to rescue them. I learned many things about Greyhounds and Greyhound racing that I had no idea about. Accordin...

ReadaBook rated it ★★★★★

October 10, 2017

In the last few years of my mother's life, she wanted to adopt a greyhound. She lived in Massachusetts, and while reading The Dogs of Avalon, I wondered whether my well-read mother had become aware of the plight of greyhounds in Ireland (and the U.S.), and wanted to do what she could to help save...

Angela rated it ★★★★★

October 01, 2017

Five stars for this important book, a piece of deeply credible journalism, absent the overwhelming ego that is so rampant in investigative writing today. Let me say that it took a while to read this only because of my own schedule. It is not slow or ponderous in any way. In fact, the narrative is...

Bobby rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2017

The Dogs of Avalon is an inspiring read, proof that one can make a significant impact even when challenged in terms of numbers, finances, and a general state of "against all odds." The book is also illuminating about the plight of the greyhound - as well as the greyhound's unique relationship to...

Christina rated it ★★★★★

June 21, 2017

Why focus on animals when there’s so much human suffering in the world? This is the question Laura Schenone sets out to answer as she embarks on a journey to meet some of the intrepid, often idiosyncratic humans fighting to transform the lives of animals around the globe. A self-confessed non-ani...

Amber rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2017

This true story is interesting all the way through, and its topic is pertinent. I'm glad to see things improving, but this book also motivated me to first gain more awareness of the world around me. A nature enthusiast, I try to be outside as much as possible, but my focus has been on the soil, w...

J.S. rated it ★★★★☆

June 30, 2017

I have an elderly friend who is absolutely crazy about helping animals. I'm told that even a few years ago she frequently had multiple animals (many of them wild) living in her home and would frequently wander into the hills to feed coyotes and feral cats. I like animals too, but never to the deg...

Sharon rated it ★★★★☆

October 31, 2017

I'm proud of myself- made it through the whole book without adopting another greyhound. Schenone discusses the fight to save racers in Ireland. The founding and efforts of Limerick Animal Welfare, the ISPCA, and Pro Animale, the principal players in the fight, are highlighted. She explains the gov...

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