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

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  487 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
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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Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun little quick read about an unusual animal shelter. You will get acquainted with a bevy of beasts, all of whom found refuge on this hallowed ground: roosters, rams, horses, pigs, turkeys, and everything in between. All had been abused or neglected or were handicapped in some way. The author's passion for her work shines through in her ability to capture the quirky personalities of each animal. The breakthroughs and victories she was able to attain were truly remarkable! If you need a light af ...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,
Melissa Kayden
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting, eye opening, but quick read. Particularly liked the stories of the individual animals and how they came to Catskill Animal Sanctuary. I'd love to visit sometime!
Catherine Kelaher
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vegan, animals, memoir
Where the Blind Horse Sings was such a joy to read that even when I finished it, I wanted to flick right back to the beginning and start reading all over again.
The author is Kathy Stevens who is the founder of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, a farm sanctuary in Saugerties, New York. Kathy is a lady after my own heart, taking time every day to kiss all the animals and even sing to them.
Kathy tells the inspiring story of how she bought a very run down farm in Catskill and with a lot of cleaning up and
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
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars

A book about the Catskills Animal Sanctuary. If you enjoy animal stories you will love this book. It also has some information about why eating !earless is a good idea,as well as suggestions for other reading material.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you're an animal lover you will enjoy all these vignettes from the Catskills Animal Sanctuary. Sprinkled throughout the book are the author's opinions on the cruelty of agribusiness, with a heavy 2-3 page dose at the end, along with a book list for further reading. Some other reviewers found it holier than thou, but I think she just gently exposes a tiny layer of the onion, and asks the reader to reconsider in light of what you learned about these creatures in her stories. I'm for sure a head ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kathy Stevens, the author of this endearing book, opened an animal rescue for abused and needy farm animals in the state of New York. This book lets you get to know so many of these precious animals, such as the ex-fighting rooster who insists on sleeping in Kathy's bed with her, and going on drives in the car with her; and the dear, sweet blind horse that learned he did not needs eyes to run, sing and to enjoy life. Oh, oh, I am tearing up again as I think about those wonderful animals. While r ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pets
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
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
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: animal, animal-rights
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
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wonderful stories about all kinds of animals, not just the usual suspects (dogs and cats). This is a brief but interesting recounting of the founding of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary--a sort of retirement community/safe haven for abused, neglected, and cast-off farm animals. Lucky are the animals who find their way to these doors, where they are allowed to be themselves while being well-fed and well-housed. And with all the animals living there, they all have a large choice of animals to find co ...more
Miguel Torres barrios
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Holly Booms Walsh
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: animal lovers
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
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
Carol Nicolas
This is an incredibly touching book. I am glad that there are people who love animals this much, who devote their lives to caring for the creatures to whom most people don't give even a passing thought, except to complain that their steak is too tough. Kathy Stevens does a marvelous job of demonstrating that animals have feelings and thoughts of their own. The animal kingdom deserves so much more. Their caretakers are flawed humans who are joined together in their dedication to serving animals a ...more
Kristi Miller
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
Christina Cerillo
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
As someone who has volunteered at farm animal sanctuaries and is a frequent visitor (and big-time pig lover!) I enjoyed this book. I liked the individual stories of the animals and just hope that they can change some minds when it comes to supporting the industries that exploit them. The part about the Catskill Game Farm animal auction at the time of their closing was eye-opening. I could tell as a child visiting there that it was not an ideal place for these animals to be living, but didn't rea ...more
Cathy Smith
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Dec 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bought
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.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Stevens is an excellent writer and tells a good story about her work and others who provide sanctuaries to animals who have been abused, neglected, or are in need of a loving home where food shelter, fresh air, belly rubs, song, tenderness are freely supplied. I wish humans in the same categories could find similar havens.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nice story

As a native of Woodstock, NY, I bought this book to find out more about this sanctuary. I'm glad I did, because I enjoyed reading the stories of the different animals (Paulie and Rambo were my favorites). I gained new insight on how sanctuaries are run and their needs. I will definitely visit CAS someday!
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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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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