A Home Away from Home Book
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About the Book
Years ago, most major cities in North America had zoos full of exotic or wild animals in tiny cages. It was also not uncommon for wild animals to be kept as pets or trained to perform in circuses. Today, we have a different way of looking at animals and deciding if and how they should be kept in captivity. There are still zoos and aquariums, of course, but the best ones are more concerned with protecting animals than putting them on display. There is also a different sort of organization—the animal sanctuary—which provides comfortable homes for animals that have been housed in unaccredited zoos or caught up in the illegal exotic-animal trade. Sanctuaries are never a substitute for the wild, but they are the next best thing.
A Home Away from Home tells the true stories of animals that live in sanctuaries across North America, from the tragic tale of Moby Doll, the first orca held in captivity in Vancouver, to the inspiring story of Thika, Toka, and Iringa, three elephants who travelled from a tiny zoo enclosure to a sprawling acreage in Sacramento, California. Often entertaining and sometimes sad, this book is an eye-opening read for people who care about the welfare of animals and want to know more about the organizations that help them.
From the Author, Nicholas Read: "I so appreciate the BC SPCA making my book known to its supporters by selling it through its online store. The issue of exotic animals is one I know the BC SPCA cares about, and I hope if you read A Home Away From Home, you will care about it too … if you don't already. I originally intended the book to be for middle-school readers, but so many adults have told me that it's very bit as engaging for them too. That was wonderful to hear. And don't forget that by buying it from the BC SPCA, you're not just learning about animals, you're helping them too!"
Book Dimensions: 8 in. x 10 in.