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The Dogs of Avalon

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   9.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/22/2017

The Dogs of Avalon

The Race to Save Animals in Peril

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681687063
Digital Download ISBN:9781681687070


In this David versus Goliath story (including the rescue of her own dog, Lily), Laura Schenone takes us into a complex world of impassioned people who stood up for millions of animals.

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Greyhounds, streaks of lightning, were bred to be the fastest dogs on earth. Yet for decades tens of thousands were destroyed, abandoned, and abused each year when they couldn't run fast enough. Scrappy Marion Fitzgibbon, whose empathy for animals made her relentless, became obsessed with saving these dogs—despite the overwhelming power of dog-racing proponents—when she became head of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Along with an American greyhound rescuer, a foxhunter's wife, a British Lady, and a powerful German animal advocate, she fights to create a sanctuary—and a paradise—where animals heal and thrive. Their pioneering work is part of a global movement to close racetracks, including Massachusetts's Wonderland, and find homes for these gentle but misunderstood dogs.


"An engrossing account of greyhounds, their owners, and their champions." —Kirkus Reviews

“British Actor and professional audiobook narrator Esther Wane's reading expresses the horror that described in detail the manner in which these magnificent dogs were discarded as so much rubbish.” —Sound Commentary

"Schenone’s dramatic account . . . is truly moving. . . . Animal-welfare advocates and dog lovers are sure to appreciate Schenone's reportage." —Publishers Weekly

"Animal lovers will find [The Dogs of Avalon] an eye-opening must-read." —Booklist

"[Schenone] perfectly captures the ethos of veteran animal advocates and . . . Schenone's lovely prose captivates, and her mostly pragmatic perspective complements the subject matter. . . . most engaging." —Library Journal

Author Bio

Laura Schenone is the author of The Dogs of Avalon, the James Beard Award–winning A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove and The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken. She writes for Saveur, New Jersey Monthly, and other magazines. She lives in New Jersey with her family and dog Lily.