Have you ever been to Puerto Rico? You know, that amazing, tropical island with sandy beaches, exotic hideaways, and breathtaking waterfront views. In fact, there’s one postcard-perfect beach called Playa Lucia where residents and visitors flock daily for relaxation and fun, it also has a dark side – it’s nicknamed Dead Dog Beach because it’s a notorious dumping ground for the island’s unwanted canines.
This wasn’t immediately known to Stephen McGarva when he moved to the island with his wife, where they hoped to find inspiration and adventure. One day McGarva visited Playa Lucia, and instead of a day of adventure and leisure, he found a sick and abandoned dog. This dog, and the quest to save him, transformed McGarva and gave him a new purpose to save as many forgotten animals as possible.
In The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach, McGarva shares his story of helping the satos, or unwanted dogs, of the island. Often considered a threat to the area’s lucrative tourism industry, these defenseless animals are in constant danger of brutality and death. Enraged, and refusing to accept such cruelty, he began protecting these helpless animals in any way he could – but it didn’t come without a cost, both financially and personally. And McGarva soon discovered that there were many people working against him – undermining his efforts and threatening violence to both himself and the dogs. However, McGarva refused to back down, and during his two years on Dead Dog Beach, he ultimately managed to save hundreds of dogs.
A call to arms for animal lovers everywhere, and full of insights and practical information to help strays anywhere in the world, The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach is as powerful as it is heartbreaking. A must-read for animal advocates everywhere!
STEPHEN MCGARVA is the founder of The Achates Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to end the abuse of strays and build animal friendly communities and Mexico and Puerto Rico. Steve first came to prominence as the Dog-Rescuer, for his work saving hundreds of dogs in Puerto Rico.
He has been featured in People magazine, on NPR, and appeared on Ellen.
The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach goes on sale on August 26, 2014 (National Dog Day!)
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