Debby is the Founder of Generation Wags, a program of ReLove Animals, Inc. Generation Wags is an organization that she created as the outgrowth of a personal passion. That journey continues to expand to unfold and unravel the diverse issues contributing to pet homelessness and other pet related topics in our society today. Debby is a firm believer that “you can’t fix what you don’t know” so her journey began with her learning about the issues surrounding pet homelessness, in order to share these challenges and opportunities with others. Debby’s quest to “connect the dots” and put together the pieces of the puzzle for herself, inspired her to do the same for others.
Q: If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
“I’d be a dog, because of their unconditional love and innate inquisitive nature and joy of life.”
Q: How did you get into the animal rescue world?
“My journey as an animal advocate began after learning more about the struggles of animal rescue through a donation drive I organized for rescues in my area. While I had rescue pets throughout my life, I didn’t recognize the diverse aspects leading to these animals ending up as homeless and felt my own learning could be shared with others.”
Q: How can someone be the best pet parent they can be?
“Being a responsible pet parent begins with embracing your pet as an individual and taking the time to develop trust and love. Tune in to what your pet enjoys and fears and develop activities and training accordingly. By providing the medical care, training, and safety measures to protect your pet you will help them flourish and your bond will do so as well.”
Q: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to get involved in animal education or animal rescue?
“Explore the diverse ways you can get involved. Whether it’s hands on fostering, volunteering with a shelter or rescue, or driving to transport pets or working behind the scenes to organize volunteers, write pet profiles or photograph adoptable pets, make calls to do background checks on prospective adopters, or organize events there is some way for you to get involved. ”
Q: How do you bring awareness about homeless pets?
“My website GenerationWags.com, now a program under ReLove Animals, Inc., serves as a diverse resource of issues and solutions related to homeless pets, along with the FB page for GenerationWags and local events.”
Q:Why should I microchip and tag my pet when I closely monitor them?
“Pets can go missing in an instant and unexpectedly. From a gate in the yard left open by a worker, to a pet jolted loose in an accident while traveling with you in your vehicle, they need to be given the best chance of being reunited with you should they get separated. Collars with tags visually signal they are an owned pet, and provide a quick way for a finder to contact you. Microchips are the only permanent form of ID your pet end up being found and taken to a shelter where hold periods are short before they could be adopted, pulled by a rescue in or out of State, or even euthanized.”