Welcome Animals and their Humans
Beautiful Joe here. This website is all about me and the Society that bears my name, the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society. It was formed in 1994 to help preserve, honour and showcase my life and the literary and humane achievements of Margaret Marshall Saunders (1861-1947), the author who very kindly wrote a best-selling book about my life and gave me a voice so that I could tell everyone about how important it is never to lose hope, even when the odds are stacked against you. There’s even a play that’s been written about me and everyone tells me it’s fantastic too!
When you look through the pages on this site, you’ll see all the work that’s been done, so that animals everywhere will never have to suffer the way I did. Don’t worry, I was rescued by the kind Moore family from Meaford, Ontario in Canada and they gave me all the love and security that the people at the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society want for all animals the world over. By retelling my story, my friends at the Society are able to keep my hopeful and rehabilitative message alive.
The Society is always enhancing and maintaining the wonderful 8.5 acre park known as Beautiful Joe Park, which is in my hometown of Meaford, Ontario, Canada and is also where I am laid to rest. I love my park and am very proud of the other monuments in it, which commemorate K9 officers, service dogs and a tribute to 9/11 to name a few. By keeping this beautiful park alive, we hope to make Meaford, Ontario an international animal-lovers destination. When you think about what my kind give to their human companions, it’s worth going to all this effort to make sure that everyone shares in a healthy and happy animal / human bond.