You know it, I know it … and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, Edith Wharton, described it perfectly when she said 'My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet'.
On the program we hear from people who are passionate about the benefits of including animals in our community.
DAWN PERRY talks to us about THE WALKING WOOF CLUB, a Port Phillip Community Group initiative that assists people and their dogs to get a good dose of social interaction each week, boosting the health and well-being of all. https://www.facebook.com/WalkingWoof
DR LIZ WALKER, CEO of LORT SMITH ANIMAL HOSPITAL, discusses the links between animal-friendly neighbourhoods and healthy, happy societies and the need for strong public policy to ensure we live in animal-inclusive communities. http://www.lortsmith.com/
SARAH DAVISON, urban planner and founder of PLANNING FOR ANIMALS, talks about the importance of considering animals when designing our cities and environments http://www.planningforanimals.com.au/
So snuggle up with your companion animals and enjoy!
If I was handing out some '2013 Melburnians of the Year' trophies I would give one each to these 2 guests who have inspired me & many others with their dedication and 'can do' attitude. I chat with Abby Gee who created the Oscar's Law Animal Advocacy Program & Matt from Noah's Bark Rescue.
Above is a picture of Matt with the gorgeous 'Kippers' who is looking for his forever home..
We are joined by Esther who discusses her life with rescue dog companions. She has 2 dog companions who have changed her life and solidified her commitment to animal liberation. She also discusses their vegan diet and offers advice for people who foster rescue dog companions.
We also chat with Patrycja from Unforgettable Creatures (UNC) who are a Melbourne based non-for-profit initiative consisting of passionate and dedicated individuals focused on rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing companion animals in crisis. Patrycja tells us about her childhood in Eastern Europe and how rescuing a near-frozen dog led her to where she is today: rescuer and passionate activist. UNC are an expanding group in Melbourne and are always looking for new foster carers, and you will find out how you can be involved.
This is a powerful reminder of how one individual can have an enormous effect on implementing a better world for animals. We chat with local activist Kathleen Chapman about her successful campaign with "SAVE DAREBIN PETS" in Melbourne.
As mentioned on the show, Save-A-Dog Scheme has been running for many years as a successful No-Kill shelter in Melbourne.
Check the link out here but be warned - there are many beautiful dogs and cats that will tempt you for adoption!
We all want community safety to be taken very seriously - that is agreed upon. The fact is we need systems in place that are shown to be useful, effective and realistic in relation to bringing down dog attack rates. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), as I have found out, is disturbingly none of these. We chat with: