Contributors: Pia Salk

Pia

Meet Dr. Pia Salk

Dr. Pia Salk is a psychologist, animal welfare advocate, and expert on the human-animal bond. Pia frequently highlights the important role that animals play in our lives and how our societal treatment of animals conveys important messages to our youth. In her own work, Pia often credits the animals as being "the real therapists."

Pia is also a writer and the spokesperson for Adopt-A-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website. She is a professor in the area of diversity and family systems and a frequent guest on national radio programs, speaking on such topics as companion animals being important members of the family. Her extensive involvement in animal rescue efforts and her expertise on animal welfare have been featured on many national shows including The Martha Stewart Show.

Pia is the niece of polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk and daughter of bestselling author and psychologist Lee Salk. She resides in Los Angeles, California, with her multiple adopted animals.

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The Starfish Story

The Starfish Story

Posted by Pia

Summertime reminds me of one of my favorite stories, the Starfish Story. Many people who have adopted, rescued or fostered an animal will relate deeply to its simple and empowering message, one that’s great to share with children. The story is attributed to the writer Loren Eiseley, who lived and wrote between 1907 and 1977,  …

Silly Summer Pooches

Silly Summer Pooches

Posted by Pia

Summer really brings out the silly in pooches! Whether it’s the smells, the sprinkler, the sand, or the swimming, they embrace the season with complete abandon.
Let’s be sure to take a cue from our canine friends this season. Smell the flowers in the park. Feel the sand under your feet. Fetch shells. Splash in …

Puppy Breath

Puppy Breath

Posted by Pia

A dear friend of mine recently shared the story of what is not an atypical weekend for her- I thought I’d pass it along as it’s a story that will likely resonate with many of you…..
Hey Pia-
I just recovered from quite an eventful weekend and thought that of all my friends, you’d be sure to …

Help a Feline Out

Help a Feline Out

Posted by Pia

It’s that time of year folks. We are well into “Kitten Season,” as millions of unaltered cats are producing litters that average between 3 and 5 little furballs in need of care and shelter. The population of homeless cats explodes exponentially this time of year, but fortunately there are many things you can do to …

Beat The Heat!

Beat The Heat!

Posted by Pia

This time of year brings the delights of snow cones and splashing at the beach. But it also brings the very real risk of heatstroke for two and four leggers alike. Pet Safety Expert Denise Fleck offers valuable information and tips on what to do in the case of a companion animal heatstroke …

Lean on Me....

Lean on Me....

Posted by Pia

Ever wonder what your four-leggers are feeling or trying to tell you? If you are anything like me, you are constantly trying to decode the inner psyche of your furry children. Many of my critters tend to lay back to back or sleep leaning on one another. Sometimes they even sleep tushy-to-tushy …

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

Posted by Pia

One of the most rewarding things about rescuing an animal is witnessing them finally relax and fall asleep. Sleep in some form, is critical to the survival of most living creatures. Dogs are not much different from their two-legged counterparts when it comes to the need for sleep that includes dreaming and other …

Survey Says!

Survey Says!

Posted by Pia

On the heels of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share some new information regarding how multiple humans view their canine’ kids’. A recent study conducted by Kelton Research reveals that 8 in 10 Pet Parents surveyed consider their dogs to be equal members of the family.
Given that social justice issues are subtly reflected …

Yo Mama!

Yo Mama!

Posted by Pia

Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to be the same species as your “kids!” So here’s a huge “Happy Mother’s Day” to those of you who are the loving mothers of fur children (or those with feathers, scales, etc). You deserve to be celebrated, applauded, wagged at, sat on, purred to and licked this …

Pet First Aid Part 3

Pet First Aid Part 3

Posted by Pia

In the past two weeks we Daily Waggers have gotten some great first aid tips from expert Denise Fleck (Part 1, Part 2)! In today’s final visit with Denise, we will learn some of the basic guidelines for companion animal CPR. Please note that this advice is in no way a substitute for …