Hi Pet People!
As board president of the Humane Society of Elkhart County and my activities in numerous animal welfare groups, I often hear why can’t the Humane Society do something or why can’t we seize this animal. Better yet, I’m often asked why do animal abusers only get a slap on the wrist? Its because of laws. In most states, animals are still consider property and are seen that way in the eyes of the law. I know this is a major issue with animal rescues groups nationally.
To turn this frustration into something positive, I decided I needed to explore a new area of my work in animal rescue–lobbying for stronger laws to protect animals. I think far often we are too close to the cause in rescue and need to spend more time educating the public but most importantly our elected officials.
Last year, for the first time I took a day to become a citizen lobbyist for Humane Society of the United States during their political action day in Indianapolis for the state of Indiana. Did you know that Indiana ranks 32 in the most humane states so there is plenty of work to be done!
My day started with citizen lobbyist 101 which went over how a bill becomes a law (think back to the song for the cartoon “I’m Just a Bill.”) It was an empowering day that I got to speak for animals and the need for tougher legislation to protect them. It was a promising day that I got to discuss the bills with my local Senators and House Representatives.
I had the pleasure of meeting Anne Sterling, who is one amazing woman. She works for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and oversees issues in Indiana as a regional director.
I also met two heroes Cole and Tinkerbell. Both dogs are rescues and now in turn both dogs give back to society since Tinkerbell is therapy dog and Cole works in search and rescue.
Here is Cole and his guardian Nina watching legislators and telling them to do the right thing and give animals voice!
If you would like more information or to learn about the event in your state please visit the Humane Society website.
Hope you can join me and Bark the Vote!
Stephanie Krol can be best described as a mixed breed of a newshound and publicist in the pet industry. She has the ability to sniff out the latest lifestyle trends when it comes to pets. As a proud “pet parent” of three rescues Nigel (cat), Simon (dog) and recent addition of Nola (cat). Stephanie spreads the word of animal welfare every chance she gets. She is the board president of the Humane Society of Elkhart County and serves as a spokeswoman for the animal shelter along with volunteers for a variety of animal welfare initiatives. For more information, visit Steph Tails All on Facebook.