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Guests: Jena Ball and Vanessa Budnick

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Guests are Jena Ball from Startled Cat -the writer, illustrator and creative lead on the CritterKin Project , and Vanessa Budnick, Humane Educator / Grants Manager SPCA of Wake County talking about a subject that has become near and dear to both CritterKin's and Vanessa's (and through her the SPCA's) hearts -puppy mills and forever homes. www.critterkin.com  There are a couple of heartwarming stories that will be shared:

Vanessa adopted Ernest - a puppy mill survivor who was rescued by the SPCA and the Humane Society. She has experienced the horrific conditions these dogs live in and the kind of permanent damage that can occur. Ernest almost died from the neglect he experienced, though he is doing GREAT now thanks to the terrific care he received by the vets associated with the puppy mill bust and Vanessa's love.

The second piece is the story of Ricky Bobby, a little dachshund whose story recently made the news: http://www.wncn.com/story/21923861/story-on-paralyzed-puppy-mill-dog-touches-thousands
Ricky's hind legs are paralyzed due to the neglect he experienced in the puppy mill, but he has since been adopted by an angel (Megan Bliss) and is getting around in a cart she built for him. www.spcawake.org

CritterKin and the SPCA both believe strongly that the solution to puppy mills is education. People need to not only learn to adopt from shelters rather than buy from pet stores that get their dogs from puppy mills, but learn the basics of pet care so that the dogs get adopted into forever homes. 

Host Charmaine Hammond is the author of On Toby's Terms (see www.ontobysterms.com). She also authored Toby The Pet Therapy Dog & His Hospital Friends, GPS Your Best Life and Toby Says Be a Buddy Not a Bully.  She has developed a program for authors, Your Book As a Business, where she shares her learnings, lessons and success about the business of books.

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