“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” -Anatole France
Welcome to Animas Animals
When you look into an animal’s eyes you sense an energetic essence. A life-force animates the Earth’s creatures. They are more than machines. This non-physical aspect of our pets is the part we most adore. It comes when we call, comforts us when we are sad, protects us, and makes us laugh.
I call this vital spirit—animas. Animas is the Latin root of the word animals. It means souls, breath, and life. No other part of the animal is as important, yet we rarely discuss it in veterinary medicine…until now.
The Spiritual Nature of Animals: A Country Vet Explores the Wisdom, Compassion, and Souls of Animals
For more than 20 years, Dr Stange has studied what the world’s religious, scientific, and spiritual teachings say about animals in order to better understand their spiritual nature. In addition, she has gathered information from the animals themselves while working as an ambulatory veterinarian in southwestern Colorado. She consolidated the information from her fascinating journey into a memoir that has been published by New World Library.
The goal of this book is to better understand the non-physical makeup of animals for the highest good of animal care, the human-animal bond, and the well-being of all concerned.
- “It is with great pleasure that I recommend this book. This book is a guide to our spirituality as well as to our dear companions and all animals. It is comparative religion and spirituality guide that I will read over and over.”Dr. Stephanie Dodge
- "I am beginning to read it now and savoring the stories and wisdom Karlene Stange brings to her readers. I'm planning to recommend her book to the ...Bookshop and to book groups.”
- With this comprehensive and compassionate volume, Stange has given readers a book like no other, and one that could well become the definitive examination of the subject. Stange’s combination of academic analysis and tales about animals she treated makes her book a fascinating and warm-hearted read.Best Friends MagazineMay/June 2018
- "...finished the book you represent, The Spiritual Nature of Animals, and loved reading it during this challenging medical time. He said it put him in touch with a whole different level of thinking which he found very uplifting. Last night at dinner when we looked through the window and saw deer eating the grass beyond our house, he said “I look at deer differently now.” In the past, we’ve chased them away because they eat so many variety of plants we try to grow. Now we just let them be, and plant vegetables and flowers in our fenced garden…"