Dogs Behind the Wheel

Last week, I was driving home from work when the car ahead of me began to drift into the passing lane. I watched as the blue sedan's brake lights flickered before swerving back to the right only to drift again over the yellow line, resulting in an angry horn blare from the red pickup passing on the left. I put some distance between us and cautiously began to pass, preparing to flash a disapproving glare to a teenager texting in the driver's seat, but what I saw instead was a middle-aged man with a happy, bouncy terrier-mix in his lap trying desperately to shove his nose though the cracked window. Over the last few years, we've been increasingly inundated with warnings and public service camp

Animal Welfare - A Brief History

Is the name Henry Bergh familiar to you? Probably not. It wasn't to me before coming to work in this field. But if you are at all involved in or supportive of the progress that has been made in animal welfare over the last 100+ years, you should read on to learn where it all started. In 1866, Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, better known as the ASPCA. He did so just three days after the state of New York passed the first effective animal cruelty legislation in the United States, thanks to Mr. Bergh's lobbying efforts. It is said that the very night the law passed, he tucked his written version in his pocket, and took to the streets looking f

Hurricane Helpers

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." Comforting and inspiring words by Fred Rogers, or "Mister Rogers" as I knew him from my childhood watching "Mister Rogers Neighborhood". Words that seems to resonate even more these days during what seem to be incessant natural disasters, acts of terrorism and violent acts of human hatred. But along with 24 hour news of the terrible things happening

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