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.



Letter: A dog’s last day on earth from his perspective

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Just this last week, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw a photo of an old work colleague’s dog, Simon. As I began to read the post, I realized that Simon’s mom, Courtney Lea Thomas, had just made the decision so many pet owners dread. After nearly fifteen years as her beloved companion, …

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Lessons learned when people who care about pets come together

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“Eat a salad, go to a gym, get a pet…all part of a healthy and well person,” was a quote I heard recently at an animal welfare conference. It was stated by Steve Feldman, Executive Director of the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), a nonprofit organization located in Washington, D.C., dedicated to supporting research and …

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The do’s and don’ts for pets during Thanksgiving

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As we all know, Thanksgiving is a holiday where we celebrate family. To many, their pet is the only family they have. Whether it’s a senior citizen whose family is thousands of miles away and cannot come see them, or a college student who doesn’t have enough cash to get a ticket on the bus, …

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Homeless dog in Arizona finds new hope in Pasadena

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A one-year-old Chihuahua mix was found wandering the streets of Phoenix, Arizona during a warm summer evening. Barely able to see the brown dog in the blowing, sandy wind, the woman swerved as to not hit the small canine standing in the middle of the street. Her old Toyota screeched to a halt almost hitting …

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