Stacey Thomas and Sue Roenbeck–founders of Healing Animals with Love Organization

Stacey Thomas and Sue Roenbeck–founders of Healing Animals with Love Organization (H.A.L.O.), a St. Petersburg, FL-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to create an ongoing network of medical care providers, rescue and other services and various resources equipped to respond to animal emergencies around the clock–discuss the incident that spurred the creation of H.A.L.O.; the relationships already forged with animal rescue organizations, veterinarians, city agencies and others; the first responder and other training they plan to offer H.A.L.O. volunteers; how H.A.L.O.’s services will complement those provided by–and likely lighten the load of–other emergency response agencies; how other local organizations have reacted to H.A.L.O. arriving on the scene; ambitions over time to widen the network well beyond the St. Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater area, and more. []

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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