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!
Gabriel Feitosa — Internationally Awarded Dog Groomer — Gabriel has gained international renown for his dog grooming artistry. Gabriel pours passion and care into every pooch he styles, whether at his San Diego shop or on the set of ABC’s “Pooch Perfect.”
Jesse Casement, Division Director of Client Services, Father Joe’s Villages, has dedicated her decade-long career at Father Joe’s Villages to supporting San Diegans experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Lizzie Rodriguez — Animal Advocate & SDHS Volunteer — Since her dog Rico went missing, SDHS volunteer Lizzie Rodriguez has made it her mission to expand resources for the pets and people in her community.
Lauren Coles — Designer, Coles Fine Flooring — Lauren Coles has an eye for design — and a heart for rescue pets! Lauren, a designer at her family business Coles Fine Flooring, found a passion in rescue animals, including her current four-legged family member, Sophie.
Kate Richards — Author and Mixologist — For Kate Richards, happy hour is never complete without a couple of hens. The author and cocktail connoisseur finds joy in sharing her life and work with chickens (and her other assortment of pets), and spreads the free-range fun with as many people as possible.
Kioni “Kentucky” Russell Gallahue — Kioni Russell Gallahue, better known as Kentucky, found a partner for life’s ups and downs with his dog, Derby. The duo, always sporting matching blue mohawks, have gone on incredible adventures that Kentucky could not have imagined, including joining the Amazon adventure series “The Pack.”
Andrew Dale — Founder, UNITE Hair — Andrew Dale created an empire with UNITE Hair, but he wasn’t about to stop with human hair. Dale released Doggy’Poo shampoo and conditioner to keep his beloved pups clean and free from the dreaded “wet dog” smell.
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: