Whew, it's been a whirlwind summer so far. Upon landing in the U.S. from Sweden, I got the sad news that the father of my friend David had passed away in Los Angeles at age 93. Needless to say, I headed to L.A. to show my respects for the passing of this very kind and humane man...
Don's son David is one of the founders of Adopt-a-Pet.com. His dear dad Don was always super supportive of our efforts to help homeless animals find loving homes.
Don always loved animals and David credits him with his own sensitivity and dedication to animal advocacy. Fortunately the assisted living home in which Don and David's mom, Dena resided, permits companion animals - so Don got frequent furry visitors!
Don was a truly warm and loving man- among various hats he wore was that of composer. To meet this humble man, you'd never guess he wrote classics sung by such talents as Billie Holiday, Chet Baker and the like. Be sure and listen to this one-For Heaven's Sake- you'll likely recognize it- how fitting a tribute to such a warm and inclusive heart. I thank Don for his sensitivity and for fostering a love and dedication for our fellow creatures like that manifested in the work of his son David.
David not only founded North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website, but he advocates tirelessly for the welfare of our 4-legged kin in all that he does. David's brother Bill and his mother Dena are also committed to animal welfare, both are vegetarians, activists and willing to speak out on behalf of those who need help being heard.
As many of you know, I believe that compassion breeds more compassion-and Don's appreciation for the value of species beyond only humans, bred a similar compassion in those who surrounded him.
Rest in Peace Don- many a critter grieves your passing and extends heartfelt thanks for your kind heart.
Dr. Pia Salk