In 1994, the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society was formed to honor the life and story of Beautiful Joe and the literary and humane achievements of Margaret Marshall Saunders.
The Beautiful Joe Heritage Society is working towards establishing an international tourist attraction and heritage site that promotes the ethics and values of the Beautiful Joe story written by Margaret Marshall Saunders.
Some of the projects the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society have been developing are: improvements to Beautiful Joe Park, creation of Paradise Island, a serene place in Beautiful Joe Park where your pet can be remembered with a memorial plaque, Beautiful Joe Museum, as well as several events held throughout the year. We invite you to look though our website for more information about our ongoing projects and upcoming events.
We rely on your generous support in reaching our goals. Please consider becoming a Friend of Beautiful Joe for only $20, or make a donation to the Society so that we may continue with our future plans. Volunteers play a big role at the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society. If you would like to donate some of your time, please contact us today.
Born in Nova Scotia, Margaret Marshall Saunders (1861-1947) taught school briefly before starting her career as a novelist. Her second book, Beautiful Joe, achieved international recognition. Inspired during a visit to Meaford about 1892, it is based on the story of a dog rescued from a brutal master by a local miller, William Moore. This novel first published in 1894, appeared in several editions and enjoyed phenomenal success. It was printed in at least ten languages and seven million copies had been sold by 1939. Miss Saunders, who settled in Toronto in 1914 was awarded the C.B.E in 1934 in recognition of her contribution toward securing humane treatment for animals.
The Beautiful Joe Heritage Society has been working on an accessibility project for Beautiful Joe Park. To view the proposed project, please click here.
Come Help Us Celebrate the unveiling of the Margaret Marshall Saunders Monument in Beautiful Joe Park at 2pm, Thursday October 3, 2013 and don't forget to bring your pet for our annual "Blessing of the Animals"! Read more about it here.
Contact the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society at: 519 538-5895