The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril

The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril Review

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.

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  • Chelsea

    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...

  • Crittermom

    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 h...

  • Racheal

    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 th...

  • ReadaBook

    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...

  • Angela

    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 o...

  • Carmen

    Even though I've been to Ireland, I had no idea their animal laws were so loose. This is the auditory of a group of women who felt animals, especially greyhounds, deserved better than what they were g...

  • Erin

    Laura Schenone's tale of animal rescue is at turns heartwarming and heartbreaking. Beautiful prose, thorough research, and compelling stories make this book a must-read for animal lovers, particularly...

  • Bobby

    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 il...

  • Mamie

    I fell in love with Laura Schenone's writing when I read her book about the lost ravioli recipes of Hoboken. Her writing in that book was deeply personal yet I could see my family in her family and ap...

  • Christina Kline

    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 idiosyn...