Contributors: Pia Salk

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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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A Second Chance for Charlie

A Second Chance for Charlie

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I’m thrilled to report that our friend Charlie, the young gopher who was caught in a glue trap and saved by a dedicated firefighter, is happily on the mend and beginning his life anew!
I never cease to be amazed by the resilience of animals and the tenacity of the humans who treat these amazing creatures …

A Gopher Named Charlie

A Gopher Named Charlie

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Last week I got what unfortunately is not an atypical urgent email regarding a young gopher who was in grave danger. But I assure you ahead of time that the tale has a happy and educational ending….
Ric, the firefighter who saved Charlie from the glue trap eloquently describes the experience in his own words:
To tell …

Words and Wet Noses

Words and Wet Noses

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I love the emails I receive from readers! One of my favorite parts is the great animal quotes attached to the bottom of your messages. They reflect the many reasons we love and appreciate our fellow creatures.
I thought it’d be fun to share these words of wisdom, as well as some photos of adopted …

Spice Up Your Life!

Spice Up Your Life!

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Oooh how excited I am to tell you about my recent visit with the lovely Ms. Pepper!
Pepper is the adorable little pooch I was fostering last fall until finding her the perfect home on the east coast. On a recent trip to NYC, I got to see her for the first time since re-homing her, …

Bunny Love

Bunny Love

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In my quest to learn more about bunnies, I had the good fortune to speak with Cindy Stutts, an educator for the House Rabbit Society, and bunny parent herself. Not only did she offer invaluable advice for anyone considering getting a bunny but she also has these lovable buns available for adoption. See the end …

Animals Have BFFs* Too!

Animals Have BFFs* Too!

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Last week I reported on all the fun we have shooting the Martha show live with some adorable shelter animals. (Meet them here!)
One of the most important points we did not get to address on the show is regarding the many advantages of adopting a bonded pair of animals. Just have a look …

Backstage at

Backstage at "Martha"

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Last Thursday some of you may have caught me and a few adorable adoptable critters live with Martha on the show. We answered viewer questions and shared some things you might not know about animals commonly found in shelters. What a fun adventure it was!
Martha even mentioned this blog! She said she enjoys …

This Little Piggy Went To Sanctuary, Part 2

This Little Piggy Went To Sanctuary, Part 2

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As promised I am here to report that Elf, the 400-pound piggy originally slated for slaughter, is safe, sound and chomping on alfalfa at California’s Animal Acres sanctuary for farm animals. The journey to this new home went smoothly, but was understandably bittersweet for Alexa and her mom, who had raised Elf from a piglet. …

This Little Piggy, Part 1

This Little Piggy, Part 1

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As you can imagine, I get many emails each day requesting help for animals in need. And it’s not just dogs and cats who need help. Rabbits, birds, goats, chickens and, in the case I’m sharing today, a 400-pound pig named Elf, are looking for permanent homes as well.
Meet Alexa. Having raised Elf from a …

A Heart the Size of Texas

A Heart the Size of Texas

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I recently reported on West Hollywood’s passage of a landmark ban on pet stores selling dogs and cats other than those from shelters. Texas-based Chardonnay and Sir Lancelot, now part of a loving home, are just two examples of dogs who have endured the cruelty this ordinance seeks to bring to an end.
Chardonnay and Sir …