Advocates are exposed to horrendous truths. Injured, abused, neglected and tortured animals become a part of a daily routine for those seeking justice and coexistence. It can wear down even the strongest willed, threaten the spirit of the most determined. But there is always hope.
This week we speak with Tyler Jamieson, who organized a group of advocates in Ottawa to spread the message of going fur free; dog rescuer and counsellor Darlene Grady-Lunn, who explores the emotional risks of advocacy and how hope can be found; Kelli Polsinelli, operator of Wild Earth Refuge, who creates hope for injured animals; and rock star Bif Naked, who despite personal hardships, continues to believe in a better future for humans and non-human animals alike.
Though Darlene is an animal advocate and volunteer organizer with Marley’s Hope Dog Rescue, she is also an addictions counsellor. Her experience as a therapist, coupled with her work with animals gives Darlene a unique understanding of compassion fatigue, trauma and offers tools to help work through the darkest of times. Interview begins at 7:09.
A Canadian ubiquitous with rock and roll, Bif Naked is also a protector of fur-bearing animals. Bif has grown a name and reputation as a charitable super star, working with organizations to bring an end to breast cancer, homeless animals and cruelty to wildlife. Bif shares with Defender Radio her personal journey to compassion, understanding of animals as well as her faith and hope for the future. Interview begins at 13:54.
If there’s an injured animal in Durham, Wild Earth Refuge will often become their temporary home. A certified rehabilitator, Kelli discusses her life as a rehabber, the challenges she faces and how anyone can get involved with making a difference in the lives of wildlife. Interview begins at 34:21.