Mercy, small and crippled, was the last of the garage cats to be rescued...
Animal Welfare Activist
I've been an animal welfare activist since I brought home
my first half frozen kitten and defrosted it in a
shoebox behind the radiator. I was seven.
Not much has changed.
74-80 PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PETA),
COMMITTEE TO END ANIMAL SUFFERING (CEASE),
NEW ENGLAND ANTIVIVISECTIONIST SOCIETY (NEAVS)
During this period, before focusing more specifically on animal welfare, I was
very much involved in animal rights, participating as a demonstrator, handing out
pamphlets, and collecting signatures in the Pro-Pets Coalition's ultimately
successful drive to repeal the pound-seizure law in Massachusetts,
picketing fur companies, agitating for better conditions for laboratory
animals, the elimination of the use of needless animal experimentation,
most specifically in the cosmetics industries and in high school and
college biology programs, and campaigning for anti-trap legislation.
1/80-8/85 JIMMY SMITH FUND FOR HOMELESS ANIMALS
During my involvement with animal rights activism, I met up with animal
welfare advocates and shifted my focus away from animal rights to animal welfare,
focusing on animal rescue. To this end, I joined the Jimmy Smith Fund organization,
which fed, trapped, and neutered feral cats in Cambridge and Somerville,
Massachusetts, an early precursor to today's TNR
Instead of releasing the feral cats back into the wild, we attempted to
socialize and rehome them, maintaining a storefront shelter for that purpose,
and exhibiting and placing our homeless cats through local cat shows.
As a board member and treasurer of the organization, I was also able
to put my legal skills to good use, putting the corporation's
books in order.
1/85-12/86 DOBERMAN RESCUE UNLIMITED (DRU)
For a brief period, I volunteered for the regional Doberman rescue group,
doing dog evaluations, homechecks, and then fostering, rehabilitating and
successfully rehoming a dog that had lost two prior adoptive homes because of
1/86-PRESENT PUG RESCUE OF NEW ENGLAND (PRONE),
YANKEE PUG DOG CLUB RESCUE (YPDC), AND
VARIOUS OTHER PUG CLUB RESCUES
I've been involved in Pug rescue more or less continuously since 1986, beginning
with PRoNE (I wrote for their newsletter as well as volunteered), and YPDC
(I wrote for their newsletter as well), but more sporadically since I stopped writing
for Pug Talk, the national breed publication, in 2000, since many rescue referrals
and contacts initiated with that publication.
As a dog trainer and experienced handler, I have fostered many Pugs with
behavioral problems - house soiling, biting, barking, obssessive compulsive behavior,
poor socialization - and medical problems - severe allergies, epilepsy, blindness, nerve
and joint damage - rehabilitating the dogs as much as possible and working to
educate and provide support for new adoptive owners. I am currently listed
as a local Pug contact at the MSPCA in Brockton, and I continue to rescue
and rehome Pugs as needed!
6/97-8/01 FRENCH BULLDOG CLUB OF AMERICA RESCUE (FBDCA),
FRENCH BULLDOG UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (FURR)
My involvement with French Bulldog rescue started with a dangerous dog that
no one else wanted to take in, including the FBDCA, which had placed it seven
years previously. In the course of a month and a half, I was able to bring the dog
under control, provide basic training, and sufficiently rehabilitate it so that it
could be rehomed. Because of this dog, and because of the FBDCA's
unwillingness to work with dogs that they deemed to be unadoptable -
a stance they have since changed - Carol Gravestock of Bullmarket
French Bulldogs and I founded FURR, in an attempt to
provide a safe haven for all homeless French Bulldogs.
That organization was made moot in 4/99 when FBDCA
changed its policy.
As an FBDCA non-member volunteer, I fostered, rehabilitated, rehomed,
transported, conducted home checks, and provided owner counseling under the
direction of a regional coordinator in NY from 4/98 until 1/01, when I joined the
FBDCA and became co-chair of the entire national rescue network.
8/01-8/05 FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, CLERK TREASURER, THE FRENCH BULLDOG
RESCUE NETWORK, A NON PROFIT TAX-EXEMPT CORPORATION
In 8/01, dissatisfied with the limitations imposed by a reorganization of the
FBDCA rescue network, I instead founded the French Bulldog Rescue Network (FBRN),
with myself and four associates from Connecticut, New York, Minnesota, and Alabama as
board members and officers. FBRN was the first independent, non-club affiliated,
nationwide French Bulldog Rescue , and the first 501(c)(3) tax exempt
French Bulldog rescue group in the United States.
I also designed and maintained the official corporate website from 8/01 until 1/06.
Under my guidance, the organization rapidly spread across the United States and
Canada, with over 230 volunteers, and 127 French Bulldogs assisted in 2005.
In 8/01, I put a new Board of Directors in place and
officially resigned in 01/06.
1/06-PRESENT CO-PUBLISHER, THE WRONG PUPPY, AN EDUCATIONAL WEBSITE
In 1/06, alarmed with the explosive growth of the importation of French Bulldogs into the
United States by Russia and East European countries, I co-published "The Wrong Puppy" with
friend and fellow attorney and animal welfare activist, John Hoffman of California.
The purpose of this website has been to advise the general public about the horrific puppy
import business, where thousands of poor quality and often sickly puppies, many of whom die
in transit or shortly thereafter, have been imported into this country for resale to
unsuspecting and often heartbroken purchasers. Don't buy the wrong puppy!
3/07-2/11 CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, CLERK TREASURER, THE
KAREN KRINGS MEMORIAL FUND, A NON PROFIT CORPORATION
In 2/07, a bequest from the estate of a remarkable woman, Karen Krings, resulted
in the creation of the Karen Krings Memorial Fund, which hosts the French Bulldog Village,
a global internet French Bulldog community, and provides, through the generosity of
its late donor, provides funds for the rescue and rehabilitation of French Bulldogs and
French Bulldog mixes, both through the French Bulldog Village and through
other rescue groups and private rescuers.
2/11-8/11/2011 VOLUNTEER, FOSTER HOME, THE
FRENCH BULLDOG VILLAGE, A NON PROFIT CORPORATION
In 2/11, the Karen Krings Memorial Fund transfered its assets, its dogs,
its volunteers and its website to its successor, the French Bulldog Village, now
incorporated in Virginia. As the founder of the original rescue,
I stayed on for a brief time as a volunteer and foster home!
10/11- 06/13 PRESENT CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, PRESIDENT, THE
FRENCH BULLDOG LAST CHANCE RESCUE, A NON PROFIT CORPORATION
In 10/11, following the inexplicable and tragic euthanasia of the "dangerous"
French Bulldog Dakota by decision of the Board members of the French Bulldog Rescue
Network and his adoptive owner, also a Board member, despite the offers of both
individuals and rescue groups to take custody of the dog, I formed the
French Bulldog Last Chance Rescue with two other concerned individuals
Carol Gravestock and Dave Berrey to provide options for just such
In addition to the organizations listed above, I have volunteered and
continue to volunteer in various capacities for other rescues, both cat and dog,
and have rescued and rehomed animals in an individual capacity, from
feral cats to bulldogs, to Chihuahuas, to pit bull terriers.