All posts by Debra J White

  • The Kindness of Strangers

    A plastic bag staggered around curious passerby pulled over to investigate. Inside he found a small brown dog with its eyes gouged out. The skinny dog was full of BBs, obviously target practice for local punks. Horrified,...

    • Posted November 2, 2012
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  • The Cattery

    Volunteering in the cattery at the Arizona Animal Welfare League is inspirational, sometimes tiring, always entertaining and makes my day. I arrive early, around 7:00 a.m. when shelter operations are in full swing. Volunteers already walk dogs,...

    • Posted November 2, 2012
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  • The Cats of 40th Place

    “If that fleabag cat steals my snack one more time, I’m moving out,” Big Bessie said, as she nibbled on a salmon flavored treat. “No you’re not,” the Great Harriet said. “We live in a shelter. You’re...

    • Posted November 2, 2012
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  • “Breaking the Chain”

    An educational project called Breaking the Chain, with its message about the unhappy lives of chained dogs and how third-grade children can help end the cycle of canine misery, recently celebrated its eighth year in the Maricopa...

    • Posted November 2, 2012
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  • Preparing For Disaster

    By Debra J. White The weather forecast says a big one is on the way. Punishing winds will slap the coast of Florida. Floods will swallow everything in its path. Get out while there’s still time. What...

    • Posted October 23, 2012
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  • Little Dog

    A pint sized Chihuahua named Dr. Papidies captured top honors in the All American Pet Brands Cutest Dog Competition, an on-line contest with more than 60,000 entrants in 2009. His owner, Denver area dermatologist Dr. Leslie Capin,...

    • Posted October 12, 2012
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  • Teaching Kindness and Compassion at Animal Shelters

    Fourteen year old Alexis Cervantes, a participant at the Arizona Animal Welfare League’s (AAWL) Camp Vet, calls the new summer program a blast. “I love it here,” says the future veterinarian. “I like learning about animals and...

    • Posted September 21, 2012
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  • Traveling With Your Pet

    By Debra J. White Vacations can be relaxing but your dog may enjoy the comfort of home more than a three day drive from Montana to the Florida Keys. Amy Shojai, certified animal behavior consultant of Sherman,...

    • Posted August 27, 2012
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  • Gabriel’s Angels

    Over eight years ago, Pam Gaber left a lucrative yet unfulfilling business career. As a volunteer at the Phoenix Crisis Nursery, a sanctuary for maltreated children, Gaber asked director Natalie Miles if she could bring Gabriel, her...

    • Posted August 27, 2012
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  • A Four Footed Officer Protects Arizona’s Agriculture

    By Debra J. White Ranger, a three year old Beagle, arrives for his shift at Sky Harbor Airport at noon. Sky Harbor is among the nation’s top ten busiest airports. As soon as an overseas flight lands...

    • Posted August 27, 2012
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