Highlighting animal lovers and the stories of the animals who have shaped their lives. Tune in for new stories each Monday on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and read the full, exclusive interviews below!
Kara Winger — Javelin Thrower, Four-Time Olympian — Kara, a former San Diego Humane Society volunteer, reflects on the companionship and focus that Maddie brings to her life in our Animal People interview.
Jordan Karcher — Founder, Grounds & Hounds — Founded Grounds & Hounds, an online coffee company dedicated to giving back to local animal rescues, after a rescue Dalmatian named Molly fell into his life.
Ayeshah Al-Humaidhi and John Peaveler — Animal Rescuers — Ayeshah Al-Humaidhi and John Peaveler formed a bond working long days in the hot Kuwaiti desert to build the country’s first animal shelter. Many years of dust, sweat and tears led to a beautiful family and two impactful careers in animal welfare.
Robin Gunther — Founder, Baja California Spay and Neuter Foundation —When Robin Gunther moved to Rosarito, Mexico for an early retirement, she discovered her true calling and founded the Baja California Spay and Neuter Foundation.
Jude Artenstein — Founder, Doggie Street Festival — After sustaining serious injuries from an accident, Judith (Jude) Artenstein found a ray of hope in the companionship of her dog Scout. As he helped her recover, Jude was inspired to start the Doggie Street Festival to give back to animals in need.
California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins grew up surrounded by animals with a strong sense of compassion. She shared with us how her furry friends have shaped her life over the years, including her current dogs and how they keep her centered.
Hannah Shaw, known by her millions of social media followers as the Kitten Lady, has built her life around rescuing the tiniest, most vulnerable creatures — some only days old! She joined us on Zoom (where we all meet now!)
What started as a response to a Craigslist ad to change cat litter at an animal shelter has evolved into a passion for cat rescue – particularly Trap Neuter Return (TNR) efforts focused on helping community cats.
Hockey star Chase De Leo, who currently plays for the San Diego Gulls, has spent most of his life on the ice. When he’s not skating and scoring, his time is devoted to caring for 30 animals at his family home in La Mirada!
Born into a family of animal lovers, Todd Gloria has always been a champion for animals! We had the opportunity to check in with the recently elected Mayor of San Diego, and learn more about his passion for animals and where it all began.
You may recognize her from TV! Local meteorologist and lifelong animal lover Dagmar Midcap shares her special affinity for all animals big and small. See what she has to say about a house full of creatures and adventures halfway across the world: