Mark Goldstein, DVM, has spent over 40 years caring, advocating, and fighting for the welfare of animals. He was a senior staff clinician in the medicine department at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. After being hired to head the Boston Zoos, he led a turnaround for the failing inner-city Franklin Park Zoo. “Dr. Mark” then moved west when he was appointed to lead the Los Angeles Zoo. He took the helm at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA where he oversaw the design, development, and completion of the “San Diego Campus for Animal Care.” He has a BS in Animal Science and a DVM degree from Cornell University. He is the author of Lions and Tigers and Hamsters: What Animals Large and Small Taught Me About Life, Love, and Humanity (Health Communications Inc.). Dr. Mark’s life with animals taught him more than how to be a great doctor, it taught him how to live life. The stories in this book reflect those lessons; they will make you laugh and cry as they entertain and amaze you. Each real-life experience sheds light on the challenges and hard work of the talented individuals who work in the world of animal welfare. These are stories that illustrate the tremendous impact animals have on our daily lives—they are hallmarks of the sacred importance of the human-animal bond.