The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach

The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach

One Man's Quest to Find A Home for the World's Forgotten Animals

eBook - 2014 | First edition
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The powerful, heartbreaking, yet hopeful, story of Steve McGarva's heroic crusade to save the satos, or stray dogs of Puerto Rico, and an impassioned appeal to help all animals in need.

Looking for inspiration and adventure in their lives, Steve McGarva and his wife Pam moved to Puerto Rico. While kite surfing at Playa Lucia, Steve made a shocking discovery--a sick and abandoned dog--that would transform his life. With its shimmering white sand, palm trees, and dazzling azure water, the beach looked postcard perfect. But its beauty hid a dark side: To the locals, this slice of paradise was known as Dead Dog Beach--a notorious dumping ground for the island's unwanted canines.

Considered a threat to the area's lucrative tourism industry, these defenseless animals were in constant danger of brutality and death. Enraged, and refusing to accept such cruelty, McGarva began protecting these helpless animals--actions that would jeopardize his marriage, challenge his sanity, and make him a target of locals determined to stop him.

The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach is the story of Steve's fearless dedication to hundreds of dogs, and his efforts to expose their systemic abuse. Exposing the true costs of the tourist industry, it is also a call to arms for animal lovers, offering insights and practical information to help strays anywhere in the world.

Publisher: New York, NY : (!t) It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062351715
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 27, 2016

This is a powerful story but quite horrifying. I do NOT recommend that dog lovers read this if they are tender-hearted. Although Steve does a commendable job in his attempts to save the dogs on the beach, I found myself wondering if I'd have the guts to do the same thing. His life was threatened many times and the sorrow of dealing with all those murdered dogs was heartbreaking.

Apr 01, 2016

The short description above is very accurate though calling attempted murder opposition is a bit of an understatement.
Maggiemjm's comment is very good and accurate though the statement "Not easy to read the the cruelty that some humans inflict on animals is horrifying" is also a bit of an understatement . What Steve describes is so terrible that if you are a sensitive person you might want to skip the middle chapters and just read the beginning and turn to the back and read the happy ending and how you can get involved in helping unwanted and abused and neglected dogs and other animals.
If you love animals be sure to read this book before you visit Puerto Rico or you will be in for a terrible shock!
Having lived for eight years in the Philippines I knew just what Steve was talking about in his descriptions of dogs with advanced mang and starvation.
I never saw anything there like the huge numbers of abandoned dogs that Steve describes. Most winters the Philippines experiences cold snaps that these poor animales can not survive. Also unwanted dogs are considered a valuable source of meat by the impoverished people of the Philippines.
And in spite of their love of cockfighting cruelity to dogs is highly frowned upon.
I wish I could have helped some of the dogs I saw even as I wish I could have helped the impoverished people I saw and knew.
Unfortunitly I lacked Steve's resources with his incredably supporting and understanding wife.
My Filpino wife and I were rather preoccupied with our own survival.

Mar 05, 2015

A well written commentary about what it is like to work in small animal rescue. Steve went to great lengths, even putting his own life at risk, to give the beach dogs a chance. Not easy to read at times - the cruelty that some humans inflict on animals is horrifying, as Steve fully explains how some of these poor creatures are treated. Having worked in rescue in Mexico, I have seen my fair share of treatment of animals, and my heart went out to Steve as he led us down the path of his rescue attempts. The sad part is that many dogs like them live around the globe, left to die alone unless some one starts to take notice. Steve putsus on alert that we all have that responsibility to make a difference.

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