Today on my show Humane Talk I heard from Kim Alboum, the director of the Emergency Placement Partners program for the Humane Society of the United States. I wanted to know more about how she and HSUS were celebrating #GivingTuesday. This day is the ultimate antidote to the rampant consumerism of Black Friday, when everybody is urged to Buy! Buy! Buy! and get “deals” on their purchases. Kim suggested that a way to “get a great deal” would be to give to animals in need and extend the gift: for every #1 you donate on Giving Tuesday to HSUS, their fund for emergency services for the animals will get a bowl of super premium food from Halo – which is called “America’s best loved holistic brand” (and Halo loves the work of the Humane Society of the U.S.). Kim and I also discussed how important it is – beyond the #GivingTuesday donations to HSUS – that people in the animal welfare community stop squabbling among themselves and making judgments. We need to give respect and kindness to the shelter workers, who are the first line of defense – especially in emergency situations – taking in animals so that their journey to Forever Homes can begin.
Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.
Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.