The Dogs of Avalon

The Race to Save Animals in Peril

6 October 2017


After adopting an Irish sight hound, Laura Schenone discovered a remarkable and little-known fight to gain justice for animals.

Greyhounds were bred to be the fastest dogs on earth. Yet for decades tens of thousands were destroyed, abandoned and abused each year when they couldn’t run fast enough. Scrappy Marion Fitzgibbon became obsessed with saving these dogs when she became head of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Along with an American greyhound rescuer, a foxhunter’s wife, a British Lady and a powerful German animal advocate, she fights to create a sanctuary where animals heal and thrive. Their pioneering work is part of a global movement to close race tracks and find homes for these misunderstood dogs.

In this David versus Goliath story (including the rescue of her own dog, Lily), Schenone takes us into a complex world of impassioned people who stood up for millions of animals.


"This is a fascinating history of how individuals can make a real difference to animals' lives." — Dogs Monthly

"Schenone movingly describes the pioneers who took care of 'surplus' greyhounds, and how the world has finally come to its senses regarding how we treat these sensitive animals." — Frans de Waal

"If I had to recommend just one of the titles of this feature, it would be The Dogs of Avalon." — 2017 Book of the Year, Dogs Today

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165 x 244 mm • 336 pages


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