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Ellen Quinlan, executive director of the Darbster Foundation

Ellen Quinlan—executive director of the Darbster Foundation (& Darbster Rescue), whose chief mission involves plucking cats and dogs from crowded south Florida shelters, and finding homes for them in the adoption-friendly New England area, with that process including arranging interstate transportation for these animals—recounts growing up in a family that lived with cats and dogs, sometimes other pets, and in what may constitute a pivotal part of the Quinlan, and Darbster, narrative, notes that she stopped eating meat at age 12. Read more…

Susan Kurowski, executive director, Pets for the Elderly Foundation

Susan Kurowski—executive director of the Pets for the Elderly Foundation (PFE), which covers a portion of the adoption fee for seniors, 60-years-old or older, adopting a shelter dog or cat from one of PFE’s participating shelters—outlines the history of the organization, founded in Cleveland in 1992 by entrepreneur Avrum Katz, going national in 2002. Read more…

Dr. Jennifer Conrad, founder of The Paw Project, advocate for banning feline declawing

Dr. Jennifer Conrad—a veterinarian and founder of The Paw Project, and a tireless crusader against declawing cats for many years; I first interviewed her about it on “Talking Animals” in 2005, and she’d already been working on the issue for some time—recounts the initial impetus for taking on the cause, spurred by performing reparative surgery on declawed big cats at a wildlife sanctuary. Read more…

Jose Sanchez, marine biologist, ecotourism guide, expert on the “friendly whales”

Jose Sanchez—a naturalist trained in marine biology, and an expert on the so-called “friendly whales” of San Ignacio Lagoon in the Baja California region of Mexico, having led ecotourism trips there for 25 years—recalls growing up in a family that prized nature and wildlife, regularly taking outdoor outings to explore and enjoy those things. Read more…

Diane Delano, founder of the Wild Horse Rescue Center

Diane Delano—founder of the Wild Horse Rescue Center, a Webster, Florida facility that rescues, rehabilitates, and finds new homes for wild horses—recalls growing up amidst a family of horse lovers, and she started riding at age three. Read more…