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.



Tina the Alligator Paves Way for Temporary Guests

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Almost a year ago, Tina the Alligator moved from the Pasadena Humane Society to the Los Angeles Zoo. Rescuing her 28 years earlier from conditions of squalor, the Humane Society catered to her every alligator need helping her survive and thrive for years. Tina was somewhat of a local celebrity with Pasadena residents. Many even …

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Edgar, the kitten with a heart of gold, passes away

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A few weeks ago, a kitten named Edgar was introduced to the community. He has since stolen the hearts of thousands of animal lovers. Edgar originally entered the shelter as a newborn kitten along with his mom and siblings. He spent weeks in foster care before the litter was big and strong enough to return …

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Keeping Pets in Homes and Out of Shelters

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A few weeks ago while dropping my son off at his elementary school, I found a black and white cat dodging cars in the parking lot. He was friendly and would run up to all of the kids waiting in the school line. No collar, no tags, just wanting to be scratched and loved. I …

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Buying a dog just might be supporting a puppy mill

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Last night my family and I came across the movie Legally Blond 2 on television. In the movie, the main character was working towards a bill that would protect animals. While we all laughed at Reese Witherspoon’s antics, we all got to see a small glimpse of how a bill is introduced and passed. Lobbying, …

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Sometimes pets can be real life-savers

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I can’t help but tear up every time I hear an incredible story about pets and their relationship with the people they support. I’m overcome with emotion when I watch videos on social media and hear stories about animals who have saved a person’s life or performed an extraordinary action. Sometimes animals are trained specifically …

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