Author(s): Shawn Bishop
Meet Shawn Bishop - she and her husband Michael own a substantial block of land north of Auckland. But that's where the similarity with other rural landowners begins and ends, because Shawn had a special purpose in mind when they bought their property: to establish an animal sanctuary. Over the last 10 years she and her husband, aided by a dedicated team of volunteers, have invested huge energy and resources to rescuing and rehabilitating a wide variety of animals in need. Abused farm animals, injured or orphaned native birds, rescued battery hens and other miscellaneous creatures have all come under their care. From ponies to pigs to penguins to parrots, they all receive the love and attention they need to turn their sad stories into happy endings. Written by freelance journalist Alison Jones in conjunction with Shawn, this illustrated account of Shawn and Michael's commitment to providing a better life for so many animals from such a large range of different backgrounds is not just heartwarming, but deeply inspirational.