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When Artists Come Together to Let HeARTs Speak – Interview with Lisa [Audio]

We’ve all seen some unflattering pictures of dogs and cats taken by animal shelter staff members, in a hurry and with no patience. An ugly blue concrete background and a frightened dog on a slip leash tied to a wall. Not very appealing, right? Sometimes there are no detailed descriptions, or any other pictures, provided by the rescues or shelters; and isn’t the picture of a pet the first impression that makes us move and react? I’ve seen pictures where you can barely identify a dog, much less a breed.

Rufino and I are design/art enthusiasts and we are very happy that we have found HeARTs Speak last year through the website The Unexpected Pit Bull and we loved the work they are doing.  A non-profit organization founded by Lisa Prince Fishler, located in Millbrook, New York, HeARTs Speak is designed to connect rescues/shelters with artists with the intention of breaking down the myth that animals from rescues and shelters are inferior.

When artists come together

HeARTs Speak brings artists together to promote deeper understanding for voiceless animals. How they do that? By taking outstanding pictures: Professional photographs dedicate time, passion and donate photo sessions to homeless pets in an effort to help the dogs communicate their amazing personalities through photographs that in turn, might help them find their forever homes.

We had the great pleasure of  talking to Lisa Prince Fishler, MA, the Founder & Director of HeARTs Speak. We talked about her background, how she came up with the idea to create this beautiful organization and why she believes in the positive impact of animals in human lives. Please listen – and share – to raise awareness about Lisa’s work and her group of caring artists. Also, please check out the website with all of its incredible pictures.

HeARTs Speak – Interview with Lisa Prince Fishler by PackPeople NEW: We’ve made it even easier to listen to our audio interviews! This audio is 28.55 minutes of highly interesting, entertaining as educational content. Use the little flags in the blue bar in the SoundCloud Player to navigate through the questions and content. Get this interview as a Podcast here.

Do you see the difference? A before and after picture of HOPE by Jenny Froh
Lisa and her soul dog Ignatius Bodhi Sattva (aka Iggy) - Photo credit; Hudson River Photographer - Printz Photography

About the interviewee: Lisa Prince Fishler is a nationally published photographer, located in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. She is a photographer of, and an advocate for, animals, animal rescue and adoption and serves Dutchess County, Putnam, Ulster, Westchester, Columbia and Greene counties.

She lives with her husband, 3 children, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 goats, 20 chickens, 20 guinea hens and 1 cockatiel on a 6 acre organic farm in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Lisa’s recommendations: 

Red Dog (2011 film) – Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.

Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing into Our Lives by Rachel McPherson

Love Like a Dog by Anne Calcagno

HeARTs Speak

Web: http://heartsspeak.org

Facebook: HeARTs Speak 

Twitter: @HeARTsSpeakOrg

Printz Photography – http://printzphotography.com

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Raise Funds with Pure Gold – Celebrate Pets and Books

PackPeople is so grateful to have featured Holli Pfau and her wonderful book, Pure Gold – Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers (hear the interview here) last month, and we’re delighted to share with you a note from Holli about a great way for your shelter, humane society or rescue to raise funds:

“For every copy of the book that’s sold in bookstores during December, I’ll donate $5 to a shelter, humane society or rescue group designated by the bookstore.  And it’s easy to participate.  A group just needs to contact their local bookstore and ask them to stock Pure Gold.  Then send emails to volunteers, supporters and donors to generate traffic for the store and encourage sales.  (They might also invite donors to match my donation, to maximize the income.)  In January, the bookstore just needs to tell me how many copies were sold and who the beneficiary will be, and I’ll put a check in the mail.

Quick, easy and hopefully productive for the rescue group.  If the book isn’t already on the shelves, the store can easily order it and it will arrive in just a couple of days.

If anyone has any questions, please let me know.  Our goal is to raise funds for rescue work, so we’re happy to consult and advise.”

For inquiries, please visit www.puregoldbook.com to learn more about this excellent work, and contact Holli at publisher@puregoldbook.com

Thank you for sharing this offer, as well as your dedication, with PackPeople and our community, Holli! – Yurda and Rufino

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In Praise of Golden Retrievers – Interview with Sandy from GRCGLA Rescue

We found The Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue while we were looking for breed specific rescues to interview. Holli Pfau’s interview had led us to Golden Retrievers and we wanted to learn more about this very popular breed and GRCGLA Rescue’s challenging work in rescuing, helping and rehoming Goldens. GRCGLA Rescue is a non-profit organization founded in 2001, operates in 6 Southern California counties, has taken in over 3,500 Golden Retrievers since 2003 and has around 40 dogs for adoption right now.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Sandy Diamond, President of GRCGLA Rescue, and learning more about the temperament and qualities of Goldens. We’re grateful to share about their program Project Taiwan as well as what you should know if you are thinking of starting your own rescue, sanctuary or foundation. Also, Sandy shared her perspective on rescue work and what they need the most for their mission to continue helping Golden Retrievers. If you want to foster a Golden over the holidays – or beyond – please contact: info@grcglarescue.org.

Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue – Sandy by PackPeople 

Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue

Web: http://www.grcglarescue.org

Twitter: @grcglarescue

Facebook: Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles RESCUE

Sandy recommends the following to our audience:

Book: Love Has No Age Limit by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD and Karen B. London, PhD

Journal: The Whole Dog Journal subscribe at www.whole-dog-journal.com

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Shelter Pets need your help – Support and Share "The Shelter Pet Project"

Hey, PackPeople – HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Today is a special day to give, consider to give a dog or a cat a loving forever home. Many, many dogs and cats are waiting for you in shelters and animal rescues. They will give unconditional Love, Companionship and Trust for sure if you reach out to them. Here is a great campaign if you want to get involved in Animal Welfare.

We want to get a very special message to all of you to please share the word about The Shelter Pet Project. This public service campaign from The Humane Society, Maddie’s Fund and the Ad Council wants people to adopt a shelter or rescued pet, rather than buying one. As the campaign so rightly says, “A person is the best thing to happen to a shelter pet.”

Learn more about the campaign here.

Here’s what you can do… please

“Like” the Shelter Pet Project on Facebook   http://www.facebook.com/shelterpetproject
Follow the Shelter Pet Project on Twitter   http://www.twitter.com/shelterpets
Watch and share their great YouTube videos   http://www.youtube.com/theshelterpetproject

You can also write about the campaign yourselves – remember, sharing information is one of the first steps to saving lives!

Much gratitude and warmest wishes,

Rufino and Yurda

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Rescuing Dogs from Lab Research – Interview with Beagle Freedom Project's Gary Smith

Beagle Freedom Project began in December 2010 when Shannon Keith received information that beagles used for  lab research were to be given a chance at freedom. Now, Beagle Freedom Project functions as a mission of Animal Rescue, Media & Education (ARME, also founded by Shannon Keith), rescuing and finding homes for lab research beagles, an unfortunate commodity in the scientific community.

We had the great pleasure of interviewing Gary Smith, Director of  Operations, and the video attached shares our conversation regarding research beagles (usually obtained directly from commercial breeders who specifically breed and sell dogs), the dedication and optimism involved in rescue, and their latest effort rescuing 41 Beagles from a Spanish laboratory (and how you can help this worthwhile endeavor).

We also learned what they need the most, why an amount of 14 billion dollars is funded by the U.S. for animal testing every year, what alternatives exist to using these animals for scientific research,  and how we all can change our consumer habits to help animals.

Web: http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org

Twitter: @BeagleFreedom

Facebook: Beagle Freedom Project

You Tube: Beagle Freedom Project


Gary recommends the following links:

Animal Rescue Media Education (ARME) www.arme.tv

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine www.pcrm.org

Mercy For Animals www.mercyforanimals.org

Stray Cat Alliance www.straycatalliance.org

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Fundraising and Foster Homes are huge for us – Interview with Grateful Dogs Rescue

Another great interview from San Francisco! We had the pleasure of interviewing Grateful Dogs Rescue, an organization founded in 1990 by Michelle Parris. For more than 2 decades, Grateful Dogs Rescue is on a mission to save the lives of dogs at San Francisco Animal Care and Control that are at risk of euthanasia. As the oldest all-breed rescue group in San Francisco, Grateful Dogs saves as many dogs as possible, places them in experienced foster homes and provides veterinary care and training as needed until loving adopters can be found.

Medical Care is expensive and the organization is in need of financial funds and donations. Many fun events are upcoming in October in the Bay Area, so if you live close by please take the time and visit these worthwhile events to donate to the rescue,  to help them to keep up their great work or just to visit and say Hi.

Michelle Douglas shared with us her insights as well as the daily challenges of a busy dog rescue. Thank you, Michelle! PackPeople, enjoy the interview!

Grateful Dogs Rescue by PackPeople
Grateful Dogs Rescue:

Web: http://gratefuldogsrescue.org

Twitter: @GratefulDogsSF

Facebook: Grateful Dogs Rescue

YouTube: Grateful Dogs Rescue

In addition to the many resources provided on the www.gratefuldogsrescue.org “Links” page, Michelle also recommends:

Petfinder –  www.petfinder.com
Adopt a Pet – www.adoptapet.com

Books by Michael Wombacher
Books by Dr. Ian Dunbar

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The sweetest way to help dogs in need – Interview with Rescue Chocolate

“The sweetest way to save a life” is Rescue Chocolate – a web business located in Brooklyn, NY which is dedicated to helping animal rescues through its net sales of handmade, vegan, kosher and delicious chocolate bars.

Inspired by her love for dogs and chocolate, Sarah Gross started her business in 2010 and carries such thoughtful and flavorful delights as “Peanut Butter Pit Bull” and “Wild at Heart.” Sarah Gross’s passion drives her to create the flavors for her line of dark chocolate products (produced at the Tumbador chocolate factory), as well as naming them, selling them, and choosing the animal rescue charities to support each month. Rescue Chocolate is carried by a number of retail outlets in New York, San Diego, Chicago and elsewhere, and is also sold online.

She also caters for different events and gives every package a special look; you can deliver your message with Chocolates and BonBons, label and personalize them… and support animal rescues throughout the country!

We had a great time chatting with Sarah, the founder of Rescue Chocolate, and learning more about her business, her love of dogs and, of course, chocolate.

Rescue Chocolate   

Web: http://www.rescuechocolate.com

Twitter: @rescuechocolate

Facebook: Rescue Chocolate

Interviewee: Kelly King / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Check out her audio interview here and enjoy:

Rescue Chocolate Interview by PackPeople

Websites Sarah would like to mention are:

Petfinder – www.petfinder.com

Cesar Millan’s Website – www.cesarsway.com

Books Sarah would like to mention are:

Nathan J. Winograd; Redemption and Irreconcilable Differences.

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Saving lives of homeless, abused and neglected dogs. Coastal Pet Rescue – Savannah

Coastal Pet Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue organization based in Savannah, Georgia dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in the Coastal Empire, Savannah and Lowcountry South Carolina areas.

Coastal Pet Rescue rescues homeless pets through local county animal shelters, assists with placement for owners needing to rehome their pets, and provides a feral cat trap-neuter-return program as well as low-cost microchipping clinics. Also an educational resource to the community, Coastal Pet Rescue provides valuable humane education opportunities.

We had a great time interviewing and learning from the organization’s founder, Lisa Scarbrough. We’re excited to share with you Lisa’s experiences, knowledge and projects in helping Pets.

Coastal Pet Rescue  – http://coastalpetrescue.org, Founded 2003

Twitter: @Pet_Rescue_Sav

Facebook: Coastal Pet Rescue

Interviewee: Lisa Scarbrough Founder / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
COASTALPETRESCUEInterview by PackPeople

Lisa recommended following websites:

Petfinder – www.petfinder.com

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PAWS – Philadelphia's largest rescue organization in action – Audio Interview

PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. Philadelphia’s largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter, PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year.

We had a great time interviewing and learning from Adoption Center Manager, Allison Lamond and Development and Administrative Manager Sara Schoenleber. We’re excited to share with you Sara’s and Allison’s experiences, knowledge and projects in helping Philadelphia’s Pets.

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society  – http://www.phillypaws.org

Twitter: @phillypaws

Facebook: PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)

Interviewee: Allison Lamond and Sara Schoenleber / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
PAWSphiladelphiaInterview by PackPeople

Allison and Sara recommended websites:

Petfinder – www.petfinder.com

PAWS Philadelphia’s wish list of needed items is posted at amazon.com, listed under “Paws Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society”.

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Adopt a senior dog! Muttville's story and gray muzzles.

Muttville is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice, povides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do.

We had a great time interviewing and learning from the Founder of Muttville Sherri Franklin. We’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and projects in helping old dogs.

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue – http://www.muttville.org

Founded 2007 in San Francisco

Interviewee: Sherri Franklin (Founder) / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
MUTTVILLEInterview by PackPeople

Facebook: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Twitter: @Muttville

Websites Sherri would like to mention are:

Pet-friendly travel sites – www.petswelcome.com www.PetTravel.com

Fun sites, like – www.dogster.com

San Francisco SPCA – www.sfspca.org

Please check out Muttville Senior Dog Rescue upcoming events here: http://www.muttville.org/news_and_events and don’t miss the big fun event in July:

Third annual Moolah for Mutts – Night of 1000 Mutts

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