Animal Stars Book

Animal Stars

Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors

by Robin Ganzert, PhD and Allen and Linda Anderson

Now available in bookstores everywhere!

Since the early days of film and movie-making, animal stars have charmed and entertained us. But what are these animal icons's lives and personalities like off-screen? For the first time ever, the new book Animal Stars allows readers behind the scenes with a wide variety of animals actors, their trainers, and the American Humane Association's professional staff monitoring their safety. In a way that has never been so authentically explored, it reveals the fascinating world of entertainment where our favorite animal actors – and their famous human co-stars – together, bring stories to life on the silver screen. For all animal lovers and movie goers, Animal Stars offers heroic, entertaining, often humorous, and truly inspiring tales of movie magic.

  • "This beautiful book is filled with stories of creatures great and small, all beloved companions and heroes, proving that the magic of life is indeed alive in the wondrous animals with whom we share this amazing planet. Let yourself soak in the love that flows from every page!"
    Siegfried & Roy
    magicians and entertainers
  • "Every movie fan who loves to see animals in their favorite movies will want to read Animal Stars. The book contains lots of animal-training tips, along with the behind-the-scenes stories."
    Temple Grandin
    author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation
  • "Animal Stars celebrates perfectly the role of the animal actor, those often unsung heroes on television and film that charm us with their talent and make us smile. Animal Stars is a great read and if you love animals as much as I do, you’ll love this book!"
    Victoria Stilwell
    star of Animal Planet's hit TV series It's Me or the Dog
  • "I have fallen in love with many of the actors I've worked with — all of them animals. It's impossible not to become completely infatuated by an actor who does what you ask, amazes you with their skill, and licks your face."
    Jon Turteltaub
    award-winning director of National Treasure and The Kid
  • "From Crystal the monkey in Night at the Museum to Hightower the horse in Runaway Bride, Animal Stars has it all. Giggy and I give it TWO PAWS UP!"
    Lisa Vanderpump
    restaurateur, philanthropist, author, actress, and television personality
  • "If you are an animal lover and a fan of movies and television, this is a must-read. I found myself enthralled with the stories from filmmakers and trainers about how they achieved cinematic magic with these amazing animals!"
    Candy Spelling
    author, television personality and philanthropist
  • "Robin Ganzert and the Andersons give us the dish on all the Hollywood animals — who's catty, who's a dog, and who's a real stallion! No, seriously, it's about the real animal stars we all love!"
    Carson Kressley
    tv host and fashion designer
  • "I'm so thrilled that Dr. Robin Ganzert and American Humane Association not only monitor animal safety in films and television productions but also have a unique connection to these amazing animals and their trainers..."
    Naomi Judd
    country music singer, songwriter, and activist
  • "Each page of Animal Stars is star-studded, and I am thankful to say that what American Humane Association does can only be classified as 'a knockout.' So, yo, Rocky, knock yourself out and be sure to read Animal Stars."
    Carol Connors
    two-time Academy Award–nominated songwriter and national spokesperson for AHA cat adoption
  • "...It's only honorable and fitting for people as special as Robin Ganzert and the Andersons to publish a book on how truly unique and special these animals are. This information is enjoyable and, most important, FUN!"
    John Paul DeJoria
    founder of John Paul Pet, cofounder and CEO of Paul Mitchell Hair Care, and cofounder and chairman of Patron Spirits
  • "A collaboration of animal lovers, protectors, and educators has conjured the perfect book for those who are inspired by the human-animal bond. Thank you for taking us behind the scenes of the movie sets that have inspired us all."
    Prince Lorenzo Borghese
    animal advocate
  • "Robin Ganzert and Allen and Linda Anderson give us a peek at what it takes to have Benji smile at just the right moment or let Hightower take Julia Roberts for the perfect ride. But these animals meant even more than that on the sets where they performed..."
    Robert Vetere
    President and CEO, American Pet Products Association and author of From Wags to Riches
  • "Animal Stars gets 5 stars with a rating of G for 'great.' ...As the principal veterinarian for most of the trainers interviewed in this book, I believe that it accurately portrays the bond that exists between animal trainers and their charges. For these trainers, working and communicating with animals is a calling..."
    James F. Peddie
    DVM, veterinarian to many animal stars

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A Word from the Author

Dr. Robin Ganzert spent her early years captivated by the animals featured in Disney movies, falling in love with horses, dogs, cats and all wildlife. Her passion and advocacy for the power of the human-animal bond led her to her dream job of serving as the President and CEO of American Humane Association, the first national humane organization founded in 1877 for the protection of children and animals.

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