Where the Blind Horse Sings: The Uplifting Story of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and the Animals Who Call It Home
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Where the Blind Horse Sings: The Uplifting Story of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and the Animals Who Call It Home

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More than anything else, this is a book about love. In this deeply moving account, you will hear about Rambo, a sheep who informs the staff when another animal is in trouble; and Paulie, a former cockfighting rooster who eats lunch with humans; Dino, an old toothless pony who survived a fire; and many more. Alongside these horses, roosters, pigs, sheep, rabbits, cows, and...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published 2007)
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Each chapter in Steven’s book tells the story of another rescued animal. Rambo is an Alpha sheep who lets the staff know when another animal is in trouble. Paulie, a former cockfighting rooster, once ready to cause pain by sinking his talons, now eats lunch with people and accompanies them on errands. Franklin, a depressed pig, after years of neglect must be coaxed away from the known-comfort of his own filth—a goal finally and joyously met by the ever-patient staff. Buddy the titled blind horse...more
I can't help admiring Stevens for the amazing work she and her helpers are doing to protect vulnerable farm animals. The stories of some of the animals that have touched her life are often humorous, and always heartfelt. In her eagerness to share the personalities of the animals she loves, she veers towards anthropomorphism, which honestly reflects her feelings about the animals, but feels a bit extreme.. and occasionally even feels a bit holier-than-thou. I would have found her message of preve...more
I love reading these types of books. It gives me hope, there really are people in this world who make it a better place for innocent creatures. Not all can be saved but these people work tirelessly to make life better for the few who find a way out. The only reason I couldn't give this book 5 stars is because I would have liked to have seen more stories about some different animals. Perhaps there will be a sequel. You can tell the author writes like she would speak. There are some parts that go...more
This book wasn’t what I was expecting, which was an account of setting up and running an animal sanctuary. Instead it is a collection of short stories about individual animals who live at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, in the vein of James Herriot, although not quite to that classic’s level.

The stories are roughly grouped based on the situations that led the animals to the sanctuary, their personality, and of course some ultimate peaceful deaths at the sanctuary. I was a bit frustrated that instead...more
The author Kathy Taylor is one of the founders and the original and current director of the Catskills Animal Sanctuary (CAS). This not-for-profit organization rescues abused farm animals and provides the animals with what they need to recover both physically and emotionally. They are given a safe and loving home for life with all their needs taken care of – food and shelter and especially lots of love, praise and encouragement.

CAS is home to a wide range of animals – pigs, horses, ducks, goats,...more
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I got this book because I was given the sequel, "Animal Camp", as a gift, and wanted to know the beginning of the story. I've fallen in love with this animal sanctuary, where all animals, even farm animals, especially farm animals, are treated with respect and love. I will read anything Kathy Stevens writes. This is one of those books that can change your life.
I enjoyed the personal, first-hand anecdotes of the rescused farm animals in this sanctuary. However, I found the author's cockiness off-putting and I wanted to put the book down. I would have, had I not been so keen to read all of the heart-warming/heart-breaking stories. I worry that if I, a huge believer in farm sanctuaries, animal rights and all things Ms. Stevens stands for, wanted to tune her out, is this the response the people who need to hear it are having as well?

Perhaps it was her ine...more
Angela Gaskell
This book is so simple and full of great stories that seem surreal. I love the connection Kathy has to her animals and only wish the corporate treatment of animals was easy to change. Her efforts go beyond the care for animals. These include raising money, running a board, coordinating barn building or fixing, etc. There's so much that goes on in the life of an innovator of making change - no matter how small it is to the whole picture - it still has an effect. The booklist she suggests at the e...more
Miguel Torres barrios
I met these animals, and I mean I met them, I did not just see them far away from me, they allowed me to meet them. When I visited the sanctuary it was an out of world experience, these animals did not behave like animals "should" behave, they were loved, and they felt it, they felt safe and thankful, and one could feel it. Reading about their personal experiences, one feels ashamed to be part of the system, of the society, of the world and species, that enables acts of violence like the ones th...more
If you've always suspected that animals have a richer emotional life than science has typically given credit, this book will confirm your beliefs. An animal rescue centre devoted to farm animals only sheds light on the capacity of "dumb" animals to express themselves and connect with both humans and each other in moving and meaningful ways.

My thought on reading it is, once you know that pigs and cows, and even chickens, have a consciousness, can you really keep eating meat raised in completely i...more
Kristi Miller

Loved this book and, in fact, I can't stop thinking about it! I heard Kathy Stevens speak the night before I picked up this book, and I can't say enough good about her and her work. This book is heart-warming and made me realize that I'm an even bigger animal-lover than I already thought I was! I cried over losing "my friends" when certain animals passed on, but partly happy tears over the wonderful lives they were able to live at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary after such horrible beginnings. Lo...more
Holly Booms Walsh
Aug 26, 2007 Holly Booms Walsh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: animal lovers
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
This is a darling book about the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, which rescues farm animals. It speaks about the personalities of the different animals, and the rewards for the humans involved of doing something to save, love, and reward these abandoned, mistreated, and aged animals. This book also speaks against modern slaughter and commercial farming practices that are often cruel to animals. It's another book that makes me consider becoming a vegetarian, and would be a great companion piece to Bar...more
quick and sweet
Cathy Smith
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I was enthralled with his book. The stories of the animals touched your heart. I would have liked to heard more on how they began and received the first several animals before getting so large. They need to write a second book; it would help get the word out about the animals and the cause of protecting and caring for them. An excellent read, but I would want to know more about the animals!
This was mostly a story about a farm animals sanctuary, how it came about and the story of the animals there. Be aware the author is a vegetarian thus does not believe in killing animals for meat. Other than that point its an interesting story how they overcame the problems the animals had when they came to the sanctuary and that makes for some very interesting unique stories.
I bought the book while at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, so I had the chance to experience the place for myself, although some of the animals whose stories appear in the book had died. Both the place and the stories of the animals who live (and lived) there are inspiring. I admit that I cried. Definitely worth reading. And visit if you can! They have a bed and breakfast now.
This one is a very easy read and it's good too. The chapters are short and can be read as independent stories so it's a good book to put on a bedside table or in the bathroom.
There's a strong strain of vegetarian activism throughout the book but for those who aren't interested in that angle the book is still good simply as a collection of moving animal rescue stories.
I never really gave much thought about livestock as needing rescue until I read this book. An incredible dream becomes a reality. Those who read these books, like myself, would love to own property, rescue,
nuture, save and share a life with animals that had never know love until in my care.

Peace ~ Out
The content is more engaging than the format. I guess I was expecting more a more linear timeline describing how Kathy started the sanctuary and some of the day-to-day building of the organization. Instead, the animal anecdotes are (rightly) front and center, which makes this a fun and touching read.
Genie Bishop
I loved the stories about how abused and neglected animals were healed by good care and love. It was great how the animals helped each other heal too. I wish I could have a rescue farm myself but I would be in tears all the time seeing how other people have abused the animals to start with.
Overall an enjoyable book. I read the entire thing in nearly one sitting. However, preaching about the "sins" of not being a vegetarian were a bit annoying. If you skip over that part of the book, then you can read the heartwarming tales of animals saved from deplorable conditions.
Loved this book. It's a wonderful, feel-good read. Kathy is so admirable, but I have to say, my favorite parts of the book are the accounts of the animals' personalities and spirits. There really isn't much difference between them and us. Rambo is my favorite.
Excellent book! Wonderful insight into what it takes to set up a animal rescue sanctuary. The work invovled and the endless joy of seeing animals given a second chance in this heartless world. Very uplifting, not a negatively written book.
More animal stuff....this woman took the Catskill Game Farm and bought some of the animals from there that were being auctioned off for canned hunts and to taxidermists, and turned the farm into an animal sanctuary. Tanina, you will like this. Karen
The recue stories are heart warming and will make you happy and sad. I'm happy the Animal Sanctuary is still running and helping more animals. I didn't appreciate the lectures from Ms Stevens about not eating meat.
This is a wonderful Heartwarming true story about an animal sactuary in Rhinebeck, NY. I truly enjoyed every page. I wish I lived closer, I would definitely love to volunteer my time to help them out.
Jan 25, 2009 Erika rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mindy
I LOVED this book. One of my favorites in a long time. It made me want to be a vegetarian, and not many things could pull that from me. Very tender and endearing, a must if you love animals.
Loved the stories about all the animals and it was very well written and quite engaging. Unfortunately I don't agree with her very strong viewpoints on agricultural business.
Andy Plonka
The sentiment behind this book is commendable, but getting the financial backing and physical labor needed to make it happen must have been an arduous task.
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Kathy Stevens, Founder and Director of CAS, spent her childhood on a Virginia horse farm. Kathy moved to Boston for graduate school, and after a decade of teaching high school English, she was asked to head a charter school. Instead, one year later, she opened Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of the country's leading havens for farm animals and a center for raising public awareness of their sentienc...more
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