Making Burros Fly


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"The first book on the world's most famous animal-protectionist--at least since Saint Francis--this work is a lot like it's subject, Cleveland Amory--funny, heartwarming, infuriating, and impossible to ignore.... A must read for anyone interested in the history of the animal welfare movement in America."
-- Lewis Regenstein, author of "The politics of Extinction," and "America the Poisoned."

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Julie Hoffman

Julie Hoffman Marshall

"Making Burros Fly:
Cleveland Amory, Animal Rescue Pioneer"

Marshall, an award-winning newspaper journalist and a longtime advocate for animals, began her writing career as a reporter for the Orange County Register where her beat included schools, police and local government.

In 1996 she joined the staff of The Daily Camera in Boulder, CO, first as an associate editor where she covered wildlife and politics, and later as a features writer, covering health, fitness, religion, entertainment and lifestyle stories. She also became the paper's pet columnist, combining her lifelong passion for animals and her award-winning writing. In addition to her newspaper work, she served as a spokesperson for the Colorado Division of Wildlife where she worked with the media and edited a magazine for the state agency.

It was while working at The Daily Camera that the idea of writing a book about Cleveland Amory was born. In 1998, the year Amory died, The New York Times obituary came across her desk. She was aware of his bestseller The Cat Who Came for Christmas but was astonished to read the exhaustive list of what he had accomplished in his lifetime. "I was struck by the fact he spray-painted baby harp seals with red dye to ruin their pelts and spare their lives...and that he airlifted wooly burros out of the Grand Canyon and away from government sharpshooters," explains Marshall. 

"What I read was a writer's dream -- the perfect story wrapped in a lifetime of drama, color, passion and adventure. Even more compelling was that here was a brave soul who spoke for animals during a time when society was silent on cruelty. The dominant culture at that time said these were just unfeeling animals and those who actually were committing animal cruelty were appalled that anyone would dare tell them to stop.  He opened doors for all of the work being done today by The Humane Society of the United States and others who are changing the world for animals. If it wasn't for the groundwork Cleveland laid and the tremendous stunts he pulled, I don't believe the movement would be where it is today."

Marshall believes that Amory could have been content to lead a life of wealth and fame as an author and TV personality, but instead he risked everything -- including losing jobs and friends -- to use his voice to speak for animals.  "I was shocked that no one had written a book about him. After reading his obit, I contacted The Fund for Animals and was on my way to researching what became ‘Making Burros Fly.'"  The book – Marshall's first - was released in May 2006, with accolades and support from The Fund For Animals and The Humane Society of the United States (with a forward by HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle). 

Marshall has an M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a B.A. from Brandeis University.  Among many career accolades, she received awards from The Scripps Howard National Writers Contest; The American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors; and The Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters.

She is a fourth-degree black belt in Tae-kwon do, becoming a U.S. National Champion in 1999 and a semi-finalist at the World Championships held in Buenos Aires that same year. Marshall lives in Lafayette, CO with her husband, Tim (a Tae-kwon do World Champion bronze medalist) and their daughter, Sarah. The Marshall home is run by two Malamutes named Moqui and Nakuma, and four cats -- Simba, Kato, Inspector Clouseau, and Yogi.
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