julie bank kittenJulie Bank is President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. Her animal welfare career spans almost thirty years working in leadership roles in local and national nonprofit and governmental animal control organizations in New York, Arizona, Oklahoma City and California. She is a nationally recognized speaker and writer on animal issues, and has traveled extensively educating and supporting organizations and communities with their animal welfare efforts. Each blog post originally appeared as part of Julie’s weekly column for the Pasadena Star News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.



As a pet foster parent, Manissa Pedroza stands up for animals

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Manissa Pedroza is a superstar foster volunteer. Caring for over 60 litters since 2015, she has acted as mother and savior to hundreds of kittens who would have been at risk without her love and attention. Providing care to moms with their babies, babies that didn’t have moms, and an assorted few that were adults …

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Childhood dream of living near wildlife becomes reality

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The only wildlife I experienced growing up in New York City was the occasional squirrel, pigeon, or duck. I loved to watch them outside of the five-story building where we lived. There was a park nearby and I would laugh as I watched the squirrels collect acorns to store, the birds retrieve sticks to make …

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Call me Cavy

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For those of you who know me you probably have heard me say how wonderful guinea pigs are as pets. I believe they are the best starter pets for children. Easy to care for, these little guys are hardy, gentle, and fun. Making noises to let you know how they are feeling, a purr when they are …

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Behind the scenes with a real, live ‘animal cop’

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As an animal control officer, Jocelyn has been asked to assist the police department thousands of times. She has responded to help with drug busts, car accidents, domestic violence investigations, reported suicides and more. Animal control officers are integral to the everyday safety of our streets. They respond to calls when there’s an animal at …

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