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

Keeping Our Companions Safe

Keeping Our Companions Safe

Posted by Pia

I’d hate to make worry warts out of us doting pet parents but I thought the safety tips below might be useful to DW readers.  As a concerned mother to my furry kids, I always want to be in the know on this sort of stuff.
While the following list does not include all hazards, you …

Summer Dog Days

Summer Dog Days

Posted by Pia

There is little in life as uplifting as witnessing dogs playing in water. Their reckless abandon and complete lack of self consciousness are a joy to witness. They remind us to enjoy the moment and to gain some perspective on the simpler things that can bring us meaning and joy. So with the summer in …

Saving a Purebred Shih-Tzu

Saving a Purebred Shih-Tzu

Posted by Pia

On a recent trip to the East Coast from California, I had the pleasure of escorting Ms. Rosie, an adorable little shih-tzu, to her new home. Rosie had only hours left at the shelter when an adopter across the country offered her a second chance. In turn Rosie, has offered Julia, her new mom, a …

Trap-Neuter-Return

Trap-Neuter-Return

Posted by Pia

If you’ve ever heard an un-spayed cat in heat, you know first hand how insistent they can be about wanting to get out there and ‘mingle’ with their male friends to make more kittens. I’ve often joked that they’d put on red lipstick and click around in high heels if they could. But, similar to …

Kitten Season

Kitten Season

Posted by Pia

There is not much in this world cuter than a kitten. These magical little fluff balls are beyond adorable, but many myths abound regarding what to do if you find a litter of nursing felines. We are well into “kitten season,” that time of year when already-overfilled shelters see a huge influx of these little …

Poker Dogs iPhone App

Poker Dogs iPhone App

Posted by Pia

Remember those great “dogs playing poker” paintings that show up everywhere?  Well now you can up the ante by inserting your companion animal’s photo into the mix and help shelter animals at the same time!
iMatte Inc. a creative team of Oscar-winning technologists created the app, which allows you to seamlessly insert your pet into three famous paintings from …

Art Under Foot

Art Under Foot

Posted by Pia

A recent trip to my hometown reminded me that the streets of The Big Apple were made for much more than walking! With some creativity, colorful chalk, and an adoption-loving audience, anything is possible!
Years ago I used to teach art classes for kids. My projects involved making art out of everyday objects that one could …

What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

Posted by Pia

We receive some wonderful photos in our “Your Pet-Adoption Stories” gallery, but recently something caught my eye that I just had to share:
Contributor Robin Tousley from Minneapolis recently sent us a photo of her adorable adopted pooch — by the name of Martha Stewart! Much like our very own Martha, this pooch has worked hard …

The People's Dog

The People's Dog

Posted by Pia

Recent news stories about the protests in Athens have showcased a particular canine whose special brand of loyalty has taken the form of political activism. I’m talking, of course, about “Riot Dog.” Those of us who have had the good fortune to reap the rewards of some canine or feline loyalty might not find the …

Pardon Me, Is That Lap Free?

Pardon Me, Is That Lap Free?

Posted by Pia

The blog post I did regarding pit bull dogs was so well received by my readers that I thought it’d be fun to do a pittie photo gallery with quotes specific to this misunderstood and too often misrepresented breed.
I have really enjoyed hearing from others about their love for pit bulls or about the special …