Animal-law conference offers lessons in compassion


Volunteers from PAWS of PA at the Animal Law Conference on July 17

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Fifth Annual Animal Law Conference, which Petfinder co-sponsored.

Topics included recently passed and pending animal welfare legislation, developing an animal cruelty case, laws regarding assistance animals, ethical issues for shelter/rescue boards and estate planning.

It was really great to meet so many attorneys dedicated to changing and enforcing the laws that protect our companion animals. Many of the attorneys, I learned, volunteer and work in rescue themselves. A huge “thank you” for all that they do.

Susquehanna Asst dog.jpgAlso there: Susquehanna Service Dogs (one of their ambassadors is pictured at left — sorry for the blurry photo, this pup was all wiggles!) and Linda
Adkins, author of The Dog Who Couldn’t Wag His Tail.

A dedicated animal-welfare activist, Linda works with The Animal Welfare Project. She wrote and self-published the book, a great story about hope and compassion for a little stray who found
himself in the loving hands of veterinary staff and a new mom.

might mite.gifThe Dog Who Couldn’t Wag His Tail tells the true story of Mighty Mite, a dog Linda rescued when he was abandoned and near death, and who went on to perform community service work and educate children about being kind to animals.

It’s great lesson to us all about the plight of abused animals and how a little love can make all the difference in the world to the life of an animal. Four paws up!