Episode 52 – Eileen Smulson

Episode 52 – Eileen Smulson

Eileen Smulson from Operation Blankets of Love joins us today. Before starting Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) Eileen was a former school teacher and founder of a singing telegram balloon delivery business as well as working in the non-profit world for 20 years in Los Angeles, CA. Celebrating 10 years they currently support 60 organizations and have 65 drop-off sites in the Los Angeles, CA area. Being extremely involved in their community and the LA area, they also have many additional programs available including working with the less fortunate. Rachael Wondra
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Devil’s Advocate: The Case for Biomedical Testing

Devil’s Advocate: The Case for Biomedical Testing

“Americans are living longer, healthier lives and we owe much of that success to biomedical research.” Dr Robert Palazzo, President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)   In my research on the use of animals in biomedical testing, I found that there were primarily three compelling reasons for its support. These include 1) the notion that animals and humans are physiologically and genetically similar to humans; 2) there is a need to understand how a drug impacts the entire system and not just one organ or bodily system; and 3) that it stops human suffering and/or […]
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National talk in an elevator day – Face forward.  Look up.  No talking.

National talk in an elevator day – Face forward. Look up. No talking.

You know the drill.  You walk into an elevator and make brief eye contact with the other passengers in the box, before staking out your personal space and facing forward for the journey upwards. The rules of the elevator are simple.   Rule 1: No talking.  Rule 2: The person closest to the buttons has the responsibility of minimizing the amount of time from door open to door close by rapidly pressing the buttons on behalf of the other passengers in the tube. Since you were a kid you likely learned the rules of the elevator and they’ve stuck with you […]
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Today is a global movement called “One Voice Day”

Today is a global movement called “One Voice Day”

You may have heard about it already in the local news media, or seen it on your favorite social media feed but just in case you haven’t, we want to remind you that today is One Voice Day. ‘One Voice Day’ is a global initiative to unite all countries of the world in the reading of the Universal Peace Covenant at exactly 6 p.m. UT on July 26 each year. The Universal Peace Covenant is a 577-word pledge and plea to bring families, countries and the world together in a peaceful co-existence. During this time individuals and groups in all […]
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Rescue Myth vs. Fact: Rescue Relay transport isn’t effective

Rescue Myth vs. Fact: Rescue Relay transport isn’t effective

If you’ve been in or around animal rescue for any period of time you’ve heard of rescue relay transport. Heck our good friends at Doobert.com built a whole custom software platform around helping to make this process efficient.  But if you ask many local animal shelter workers, you’ll still hear that rescue relay transport is not an effective or safe means to get animals to where they need to go.  They claim that there are not enough volunteers and that moving 1-2 dogs at a time does not help solve the issue.  Let’s evaluate this premise and see if it […]
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Episode 51 – Lorien Clemens

Episode 51 – Lorien Clemens

Lorien Clemens from PetHub joins us today to talk more about the benefits of PetHub and her role in the organization as the Vice President of Operations & Marketing programs. Learn more about lost pet prevention month and how you can keep your pets safe during the busy summer months. She also shares with us what PetHub is working on next, interested in keeping your safe? Take a listen and learn how technology with PetHub can help keep your pets safe! Rachael Wondra
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Nation Gorgeous Grandma Day – We love you Grandma

Nation Gorgeous Grandma Day – We love you Grandma

Of all of the specially named days within the year, this one truly has to take the cake.  Imagine someone taking the time to formally file the paperwork for gorgeous grandma day.  Whoever you are, we salute you because obviously you love your grandma like we do. Gorgeous Grandma day is all about celebrating grandmas around the world.  Every single one of them is gorgeous in their own special way.  And the best part about this day is that it’s not reserved only for the human species of grandmas.  Grandmas of all types should be celebrated on this warm July […]
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Rescue Myth vs. Fact: Animal rescues focus only on specific breeds

Rescue Myth vs. Fact: Animal rescues focus only on specific breeds

Like us you’ve probably heard the saying “Adopt. Don’t shop.” and “Rescue is my favorite breed.”  When you were ready to adopt your most recent pet you might even have been encouraged by friends and family to look for a local animal rescue instead of going to the pet store.  Obviously we support the notion that your first choice should be animal rescues and animal shelters but we also want to dispel one of those pesky myths that has been out there for a while that Animal Rescues are breed specific. It’s not hard to imagine the origin of this […]
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Episode 50 – Carole Feeny

Episode 50 – Carole Feeny

Carole Feeny who Co-Founded Project Blue Collar talks with us today about the global movement that celebrates rescue dogs. Project Blue Collar started back in 2012 as a way to identify rescue dogs and to hear their story. Carole shares with us the inspiration behind the movement and what they are looking forward to next. Rachael Wondra
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Drawing the Line: Biomedical vs Cosmetic Testing on Animals

Drawing the Line: Biomedical vs Cosmetic Testing on Animals

What do you think of when you hear the words “animal testing”? When I asked this question to members of the general public in my research, often the responses included things like “bunnies having horrible things put in their eyes” or “the skin of rats or rabbits being used for chemical burn tests.” Not once did a study participant mention dogs being forced to run on a treadmill until they suffered a heart attack or monkeys with boxes implanted into their skulls strapped into chairs while they viewed tv screens and researchers monitored their neural pathways. My research shows that […]
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