This week on All My Children Wear Fur Coats, we had the pleasure of speaking with Beth Soltysiak, Director of Development of Animal Friends of the Valleys (AVF).

Beth’s primary focus is to bring in funding for the nonprofit. Her sales, marketing, and fundraising background has allowed her to build a strong portfolio for the shelter.

Animal Friends of the Valleys is made up of people who are both animal experts and animal lovers! They want to be a resource for their community, helping their area become one of the best places in the country for pets and pet guardians alike.

As the nation’s largest sanctuary, Animal Friends of the Valleys aims to promote animal care through education and a humane, proactive animal services program. They provide adoption, animal control, spay/neuter, licensing services, and more. They look forward to the time when there will be no more homeless pets.

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This week on All My Children Wear Fur Coats we had the pleasure of speaking with Jody L. Teiche, natural pet wellness expert and coach at The Hound Healer.

 

Jody helps her clients address conditions in their pets and overall health through natural means. Jody is a certified pet homeopathic educator and teaches about good nutrition and alternative healing methods. She hosts a podcast called The Hound Healer which can be found on Pet Life Radio and other platforms.

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All My Children Wear Fur Coats had the opportunity today to speak once again to Scott Fine, founder of Joey’s Legacy.  Joey’s Legacy is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing pet parents with assistance when they and their animal companions have been the victim of veterinary malpractice.   Read more

Monkey’s House is not what you might think.  It’s not a place for primates, it’s a dog hospice & sanctuary founded in 2015 by Jeff and Michele Allen.  I’m so glad these two people met each other because together they are doing some pretty fantastic things.  How they met is pretty interesting because they were fixed up on a blind date where they went horse back riding.  They didn’t want to disappoint the person who introduced them, so they kept dating until they fell in love.  

Michele is a RN, BSN, member of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and a 2017 CNN Hero Recipient.  She spends her days, double full time (that’s 24/7/365) caring for the dogs as Monkey’s House.   Jeff leads a dual life helping both people and dog.  He serves as a manager in Human Resources for a pharmaceutical company and runs Monkey’s House with Michele.  Their sanctuary has been recognized for its outstanding work saving and caring for hospice dogs and was awarded Rescue of the Year in 2017 by World Dog Expo.  They live on a small farm in southern New Jersey in the vicinity of vineyards and corn fields where their dogs have plenty of room to play and thrive.   

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Blind Dog Rescue Alliance was founded in 2009 by Karen Belfi and her husband.  They became acquainted with the world of blind dogs when in 1999 they were seeking a companion for their Siberian Husky.  They found Ray Charles, a Shepherd/Collie mix that was born without eyes (a condition known as microphthalmia). Ray Charles changed their lives forever.    Read more

Today, we welcomed to the show, Claudia Labbe, the Fundraising/Public Relations Chairperson for Your Humane Society SPCA (also known as the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Florida).  Claudia has loved animals all her life but until age 21 was allergic.  When she was free from her allergies her pet family grew.  Today she has a horse, a donkey, a mini mule, a dog and two cats.  She is a vocal advocate for estate planning for your pets reminding pet parents, “It is just one more way to be a responsible pet owner.”

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Karen Bartoszek is a pet friendly advocate and consultant and is also the founder of Pets Living the Dream.  This organization provides business consulting for the creation of pet friendly programs that help cities and businesses stand out from their competition and win the praise of pet parents – especially the much-coveted Millennials and Gen Zs.    Read more

Today’s guest was Dr. Glenn Buckley, D.V.M., CEO and founder of Pet Rescue Rx.  Dr. Buckley attended veterinary school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine.  As a practicing veterinarian, he worked as an emergency vet in South Florida.  After closing that practice and returning to his hometown of Akron, New York (not too far from Buffalo), he and his brother Scott started Pet Rescue Rx.  Dr. Buckley knew he had found a way to continue to help both loved pets and pets in rescue.    Read more

Today’s guest was Francia Vogini, President of Husky Haven of Florida.  Francia began rescuing dogs seven years ago when she saw a dog on social media that needed a foster home.  Although she already had three huskies of her own, her heart said she needed to get involved.  She helped find a forever home for her foster and saw how much this dog helped the adopter overcome her depression.  That was all it took and Francia was hooked.    Read more

Today’s guest on All My Children Wear Fur Coats was Susan Briggs, a Certified Professional Animal Care Operator, author, speaker and pet care business expert.  Along with Robin Bennett, a previous guest on our show, she is the Co-founder of The Dog Gurus, the nation’s premier resource for dog care professionals.    Read more