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A revolution begins for pets of domestic abuse victims

Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What if families fleeing domestic abuse didn’t have to choose between their pets and their own safety? That was the topic of the most powerful presentation I saw at Purina’s Better With Pets Summit in New York City earlier this week. It was led by John Hockenberry, host of public radio’s The Takeaway, and he […]

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Shelter dog helps 9/11 veteran overcome PTSD

Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Like so many Americans, Melissa Maher enlisted in the armed forces in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. And like so many of our military, she came out of the conflict in Iraq suffering from depression and PTSD. The mother of six, Melissa’s condition was so severe she couldn’t leave her home — until this year. […]

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Young man’s bond with animals is a special gift

Monday, Jun 23rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A young man in my hometown has a very special bond with animals — and they, with him. Lucas is 27 years old and he was born  in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where I live with my family.  He was born with cerebral palsy, microcephaly, seizure disorder and cortical blindness. He cannot walk or talk, but […]

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