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Beautiful Joe Heritage Society



Beautiful Joe


Beautiful Joe - The Story

Celebrating more than 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 - including braille. It was the first Canadian children's book to sell over a million copies, and sold over 7 million books 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:  This 'n That, Czech It Out, Canadian Pet Connection and Meaford Hall.

  • 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 JUST $25- includes shipping anywhere in Canada*.   Click "Buy Now" below to purchase your own Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders.

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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.