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Barb Besteni

I was exclusively a dog person ... until I met Prudence.

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Broward Circuit Court Judge John Hurley has the guts to say "Enough" to the senseless abuse and killing of animals. It's about time!

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To draw attention to and support for an initiative that's on the Nov. 6 ballot in Miami-Dade County, a South Florida man is doing what no other animal activist has ever thought of doing to remedy the problems that plague the county's animal shelter.

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Less than 8 hours after a rescue group sent an e-mail to Miami-Dade Animal Services saying they had an adoption plan for a dog at the shelter, she was put to sleep. It's not an isolated case.

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On June 12th, a proposal to turn Miami-Dade Animal Services -- one of the highest kill shelters in the country -- into a No Kill shelter passed unanimously. But how will it become a reality?

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Let's step back for a moment and remember that it's not about us, it's about the lives of the animals we are trying to save.

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Helen Keller, Thomas Edison and Pres. Theodore Roosevelt are among the historical figures who would not be allowed to live in Miami-Dade County if they were alive today. It's something being discussed at a county ballot initiative meeting.

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This column is not meant to attack police officers.  But it’s also not meant to absolve them – or the departments they represent – from policies and procedures that clearly need to be addressed and modified.

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The first and only dog I've ever owned -- the dog that has become my muse for my pet advocacy passion -- was purchased in a pet store. I now know better.

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On Wednesday, I wrote a column about what happened when I asked for an unexpected tour of the Broward County Animal Shelter. The response was, well ... overwhelming.

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Dear animals at the Broward County shelter: I came by to visit today, but they wouldn't let me in to see you.

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A dog would never turn down ice-cream. So why should you?

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Would you give $13 to save 21,000 lives?

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The mystical bonds we form with our pets make it especially difficult to resolve the wave of emotions that overcome us when it's time to say goodbye.

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