Love Animals? Love Movies? "Animal Stars" Is The Perfect Holiday Gift For Everyone

Book gives behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at Hollywood's top animal actors (and their human co-stars)

Dec 11, 2015, 09:45 ET from American Humane Association

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Still searching for the perfect holiday gift for the movie or animal lover in your life? American Humane Association, which for 75 years has protected millions of those animal stars on thousands of film and TV sets around the world, has the perfect gift for you. "Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors," the bestselling new book is now available in bookstores everywhere and at Amazon. Written by American Humane Association's President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert with Allen and Linda Anderson, the husband-and-wife founders of the Angel Animals Network, and featuring a foreword by "America's Veterinarian" Dr. Marty Becker, "Animal Stars"offers a peek behind the curtain at the fascinating world of animals and animal trainers in today's film and television industry — and the celebrities with whom they work.

Ever wonder how a cat learned to flush a toilet on camera ("Meet the Fockers")? Or why the dog Uggie was accused of stealing every scene he was in in "The Artist"? From Joey in "War Horse" to the wolves in "Game of Thrones," what we see on-screen is only the tip of the iceberg. The heartwarming stories in "Animal Stars" reveal the trainers, actors, directors, and, of course, dogs, cats, horses, birds, and more in their behind-the-scenes glory. Readers will discover that certain animal stars have diva tendencies, while others have rags-to-riches backstories.

Tips for your own animal stars from Hollywood's top trainers

In addition to funny, heartwarming and outrageous stories about penguins, horses,  dogs, or snakes readers will find tips from world-class Hollywood animal trainers for training the animal stars in their lives, and film icons including Steven Spielberg, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, and Hailee Steinfeld share personal recollections about working with the animal stars who stole their hearts.

This book features unprecedented access to the Hollywood stars from the animal kingdom that only an organization with nearly 150 years' experience of protecting the nation's children and animals like American Humane Association could provide. "Animal Stars" was written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the organization's famed "No Animals Were Harmed®" program, which has overseen the protection of literally millions of animal actors on thousands of movie and television sets around the world since 1940. The program is the only industry-sanctioned program with oversight of animals in filmed production.  During its 75th year, Certified Animal Safety Representatives™ from American Humane Association were on the sets of some of the year's biggest films, including "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens," "Jurassic World," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," and more.

"Animal actors have been delighting audiences for more than a century, and it's important to not only honor their work, but celebrate what it takes to protect them and American Humane Association has been there to ensure their safety on set for 75 years," said Dr. Ganzert. "If you're still in search of the perfect gift, or looking to treat yourself to a little holiday reading, 'Animal Stars' will give readers a newfound admiration for the hard work and dedication that these animals and their trainers undergo to bring these spectacular roles to life on screen."

For more information about "Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors," including special videos from Hollywood directors Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Cameron Crowe on the important work of the "No Animals Were Harmed®" Program, please visit

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