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Zina Goodin, co-founder of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

Zina Goodin— co-founder, with her husband, Michael, of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, a Mount Juliet, Tennessee haven housing 95 elderly dogs on a two-acre parcel of land–recalls becoming a dog person somewhat later in life, and feeling lukewarm enthusiasm initially when her family adopted its first dog in 1990. Read more…

Logan Vindett, executive director of Kindred Spirits Sanctuary

Logan Vindett—executive director of Kindred Spirits Sanctuary, a Citra, FL facility that provides safe, permanent refuge to disabled, abused, abandoned, and neglected farm animals—recounts growing up with a powerful love of animals, with some in her family thinking she should become a veterinarian. Read more…

Scott Blais, co-founder of the Global Sanctuary for Elephants, currently running Elephant Sanctuary Brazil

Scott Blais—co-founder of the Global Sanctuary for Elephants, whose initial facility is the Elephant Sanctuary Brazil—begins the conversation aiming to answer my question about what makes elephants magical, what provokes such passionate response to them in so many people. Read more…

Teo Alfero, founder & CEO of The Wolf Connection sanctuary

Teo Alfero—founder and CEO of the Wolf Connection sanctuary, which specializes in rescuing domesticated wolves and dogs with varying degrees of wolf content, and author of “The Wolf Connection: What Wolves Can Teach Us About Being Human”—outlines three traits of wolves most people wouldn’t know that make them special animals. Read more…

Dave Du Toit, founder of The Vervet Monkey Foundation

Dave Du Toit—founder and co-director of the Vervet Monkey Foundation, a 57-acre sanctuary in South Africa dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of not just Vervet Monkeys, but other primates who’ve been orphaned, injured, abused, were used in lab testing, or former pets—provides an overview of Vervets and what traits distinguish them. Read more…