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Conversations with Counselor Mandy: Inspired Stories of HOPE! with Linda Bender

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Mandy Eppley will be interviewing passionate animal advocate, educator and author, Dr. Linda Bender. You can look forward to hearing many amazing stories of Linda's service in pursuit of justice for the animal kingdom that are inspiring and world-changing.

Dr. Linda Bender’s love of the natural world began in her childhood backyard. Her innate rapport with animals inspired her to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine.

During the 14 years she spent living in England, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Linda’s veterinary work included the rescue, rehabilitation, and protection of wildlife, often in remote areas. Working with zoos in Southeast Asia, she treated animals rescued from the wildlife trafficking trade and helped reintroduce them back into their natural habitats.  Working in the field with rarely encountered wildlife, she helped to develop treatment protocols.

In both Asia and Africa she worked with local communities promoting anti-poaching initiatives and educational programs. Sharing stories of her deep connection to animals helped school children understand, respect and protect both wildlife and domestic animals.

Her interest in the healing arts led her to open the Mind the Gap Wellness Center in Cincinnati and she also started one of the first pet therapy programs through the Ohio Mental Health Association. She is also co-founder of the nonprofit organization, From The Heart, whose proceeds are funneled to various animal charities that directly benefit animals and their habitats.

Last summer Linda released her first book, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals (North Atlantic) This book illuminates the undeniable ability for animals to restore our ecological, emotional and spiritual balance. Visit her websit, LindaBend

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