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.

Contributor's Archive

A Saint for All Creatures

A Saint for All Creatures

Posted by Pia

As I was researching ideas for a post on St. Valentine’s day that related to animals, I came to learn about a particularly humane saint by the name of Martin de Porres, who lived in Peru in the 16th and 17th centuries.
St. Valentine’s Day has come to stand for the expression of romantic love regardless …

Give comfort to a shelter animal

Give comfort to a shelter animal

Posted by Pia

Many people wish to help animals in shelters but are unable to foster or adopt. I recently learned of a wonderful way for concerned animal lovers to directly help shelter animals waiting to be adopted. The program, sponsored by pet-bed maker Kuranda, lets you order a bed at a special discount to be shipped …

Double Take

Double Take

Posted by Pia

Remember those old Doublemint Gum commercials — the ones with twins doing all sorts of activities to a song that went something like…”Double surfing…double singing… double kissing… etc.”? Well just yesterday I did a true double take, and it led to a very interesting connection!
So there I am in the waiting room at my …

Riveting Rosey- Part II

Riveting Rosey- Part II

Posted by Pia

As I promised last week, I wanted to share more pictures of our adventures with animal advocate Kelly Backes and her St. Louis Blues hockey star husband David. Just after filming public service announcement in support of animal adoption, one of the Backes’ own rescued dogs got lost and was away for a harrowing …

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