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Episode 80 Diane Meier

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Diane Meier finished her first novel, No Kill Station: Murder at Rehoboth Beach in June 2017. She had always dreamed of writing a novel but all her efforts ended in frustration until she started thinking of a plot and characters based on her experiences with animal rescue.  Things clicked when she decided to write a mystery about the murder of an evil animal shelter director who kills the dogs and cats in his care. (That’s not a spoiler because the murder happens on page one.) Diane says she really enjoyed killing off the SPCA director. It was a catharsis for her because of her experiences with animal rescue in Delaware.  At the time, there was a high-kill shelter that was slaughtering thousands of animals every year. Diane and her colleagues pulled as many animals off death row as they could. Diane burned out with rescue after four years and ended up with five dogs - the ones nobody else would adopt. She had blogged for years about saving more dogs and cats at animal shelters, but it seemed to her that rescuers and animal advocates often preach to the choir.  Diane hopes that her novel entertains people and also spreads the word that we can save more homeless animals. Also, the good news is that Delaware is now a "No Kill" state. The killing of healthy dogs and cats is now illegal. There are No Kill communities across America now where shelters save 99% of the animals. To learn more about Diane Meier and her book, No Kill Station, please visit nokillstation.net.

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