Cleveland Amory shares his passion, enthusiasm, humor and commitment for animals with stories of rescued residents of his Black Beauty Ranch in eastern Texas.
These heartwarming stories intertwined with facts, figures, histories of animal cruelty, and the workings of the Fund for Animals (of which Amory is the founder) are engrossing and at times humorous, told in the homespun narrative of the author.
Particularly interesting is the array of animals (most residing in the western half of the U.S.) such as burros of the Grand Canyon, bison, goats, and horses. Though at times Amory’s narrative sounds more like documentary of animal abuse or a pitch for Fund for Animals, animal lovers and anti-animal cruelty supporters will revisit The Ranch of Dreams more than once.
Cleveland Amory is noted for his writings of social history and satire, and for his three bestsellers about his cats: The Cat Who Came for Christmas, The Cat and the Curmudgeon, and The Best Cat Ever. Amory founded Fund for Animals in 1967 and directs large-scale animal rescue operations from its headquarters in New York City.