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Beautiful Joe Heritage Society



Beautiful Joe


Beautiful Joe - The Story

Celebrating 125 years - Originally published in 1894!

Beautiful Joe - the bookIn 1892, in the town of Meaford, Ontario, Margaret Marshall Saunders was introduced to Beautiful Joe –a mongrel dog that had been cruelly mutilated by his owner. The author was inspired to write this story in 1893, based on true events to emphasize the plight of domestic animals everywhere. Beautiful Joe has received worldwide attention, has appeared in several editions, and has been translated in at least 10 different languages. It was the first Canadian children's book to sell over seven million copies by the late 1930's.

When in Meaford, buy your copy of Beautiful Joe or the sequel Beautiful Joe's Paradise at these locations whose sales directly benefit the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society:  Meaford Museum, This 'n That, Czech It Out and Meaford Hall.

  • The cost including shipping within Canada is $25 (down from $28).  To get a shipping quote outside of Canada, click here.
  • This edition comes straight from Nova Scotia, birthplace of author, Margaret Marshall Saunders and includes an informative introduction that we know you’ll enjoy. 

Online: Click "Buy Now" below to purchase your own Beautiful Joe Heritage Society Special Edition copy of Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders - price includes shipping within Canada.  For shipping costs outside Canada, please contact us.

Beautiful Joe Book


Enjoy reading and participating in my website and if you would like to tell us your animal companion story or volunteer for our Society we’d love to hear from you (you should see my tail wagging just thinking about it), please send us an email or friend us on Facebook,
or if you’re old fashioned like Margaret Marshall Saunders, you can write to us at:
Beautiful Joe Heritage Society
PO Box 3304, Meaford, Ontario, Canada N4L 1A5
Tel: (519) 538-5895 Email:

Beautiful Joe Heritage Society preserves and promotes the historical legacies of both 'Beautiful Joe' and
Margaret Marshall Saunders and celebrates the natural bond between animals and humans.