Laurie Crawford, President, Animal Network, Inc.

by | Nov 14, 2012

Laurie Crawford–president of the Animal Network, Inc., a nonprofit based in Manatee County, FL–discusses the history and evolution of the organization, starting out creating new dog parks. Describing the Animal Network as primarily a lobbying group, Crawford went on to describe other of the group’s earlier efforts, including working in concert with animal services and county officials there to help ensure ordinances to protest animals are passed or changed, and that animal abusers are prosecuted. xmas_307Crawford also discusses how the Animal Network serves as a unifying force, or nexis, for rescues and other animal organizations in their efforts toward the shared goal of making Manatee County No Kill. She also talks about events and fundraisers that the Animal Network produces, including the then-forthcoming Canine Christmas Festival, the 14th annual edition of a multifaceted event that includes another attempt at setting a new world record, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records, for the most dogs doing a sit/stay at one time. (,

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