Every once in a while, you come across a very creative person — or two — with the commitment and determination to make a difference for a cause dear to their heart. Marina Dervan and Mark Barone are two such people. Their cause: make the United States the first no-kill nation on earth.
Dog lovers for decades, they are still mourning their 20-year-old dog, Santina, who died last year. Mark and Marina were beside themselves with grief. When they finally decided it was time to adopt a new canine into their lives, they started a search online and contacted shelters and rescue groups.
Through this research, they discovered some facts about homeless pets in the U.S. and were stunned to learn that most shelters have a 60% kill rate — or higher. They decided they had to do something about it.
“We simply asked ourselves…what can we do? We have got to get the truth out there, and stop the outrageous killing,” Marina told me in an email. ”How can we combine our talents to change the status quo, wake people up, so collectively we don’t remain silent about things that matter?” The next day, Mark — a prolific artist — told Marina Read the entire article.
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