Saturday, March 6, 2010

Rescue Ink: How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs...

Rescue Ink: How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs, One Duck and a Few Turtles
Rescue Ink and Denise Flaim
Viking Adult Press
Copyright: 2009
978-0670021161

The Amazon.com product description:
The true story of ten tough and tattooed bikers who rescue animals in danger

Using their combined 1700 pounds of muscle, Joe, Johnny O, Batso, Big Ant, G, Angel, Eric, Des, Bruce and Robert stop at nothing within the bounds of the law to save animals, be they furred, feathered, or scaled, from life-or-death situations throughout the New York City metropolitan area.

Working from tips from concerned neighbors and anonymous sources, they have rescued countless animals, including a dognapped bulldog and 180 cats from the home of a hoarder. In between rescues, they've protested the barbaric practices of a horse slaughterhouse, visited schools to educate children about animal kindness and that "abusers are losers," and participated in Puppy Mill Awareness Day in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Former Newsday writer Denise Flaim chronicles their adventurous tales, detailing just what these brawny bikers, who will stop at nothing within the bounds of the law, can teach us all about respecting the creatures in our midst.
 Rescue Ink was a book I picked up on a whim, thinking it looked interesting. I'm a sucker for animal stories. As such, the book was interesting and a good read. The folks involved with Rescue Ink are definitely not the type you usually think of when thinking of animal rescuers. But, they're definitely needed. These guys have managed to do quite a bit of good in New York and the surrounding areas.

The book focuses on both the men involved with Rescue Ink and the animals they rescued. Both aspects of the story were good reading, and the men definitely had some interesting stories, but I would have liked to see more of the animal rescue stories and the happy endings for the animals the guys rescued.

Each chapter of the story looks at the lives of one of the men, or their associates, with plenty about their various pets - many of which are pit-bulls. You get a very different picture of the breed in this book than you do in the newspapers - that's for sure.

If you like animal stories and happy endings, this might just be the book for you.
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