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Changing Pet's Lives for the Better

January 24th is National Change a Pet's Life Day. We look at some individuals who have changed dogs' lives for the better.

Change a Pet's Life Day was created in 2009 to promote adopting pets from a shelter or rescue group. We thought this was a good time to highlight some people who have changed dogs' lives for the better. 

Last year, Dog Fancy magazine listed their "45 People Who Changed the Dog World." Of course it's no shock to USDAA competitors that our own president Kenneth Tatsch was listed as one of the 45 for founding the USDAA in 1986, followed in 1988 with the first national championship tournament series. 

Some other important individuals listed include:

  • Betty White - the much loved actress has long been a vocal and passionate advocate for animal-related causes.

  • Dr. R.K Anderson - Dr. Anderson, aside from his work as a well respected veterinary behaviorist, was a key figure in founding the Delta Society, which eventually became Pet Partners. He also is known for his co-inventing the Gentle Leader head collar and Easy Walk Harness.

  • David Frei - Over the past 25 years, David Frei has served as co-host of the Westminster Kennel Club Show, and he actively supports his Angel on a Leash therapy dog program nationally.

  • Dr. Ian Dunbar - Dr. Dunbar is a well-known figure for his advocacy of reward-based techniques in dog training and for founding the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. His particular passion is puppies and he created and ran the first off-leash puppy training and socialization classes.

  • Patrick McConnell - Not only the creator of the Mutts cartoon, McConnell has used his widely read comic strip to highlight homeless pets and encourage adoptions.

  • Anne Rogers Clark - Clark was the first woman at Westminster to handle a Best in Show dog, which occurred in 1956. She also is tied with another judge for judging the most shows.

This is just a short list of the many canine-dedicated superstars in the article, which includes veterinarians, artists, canine professionals and more. If you'd like to read more, visit the full article online.

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