As you know by now, the Philly In Focus blog is dedicated to exhibiting the character (and characters) that make Philadelphia special, so what better way to celebrate some of the city’s most positively influential and community-minded denizens than by profiling them for our My Take: Profiles series.
Here’s where you come in: Over the next few days, we’ll offer up different nominees for our next My Take: Profile. Read the short bio and interview with the candidates and then vote for the one you most on to see on our site. The winner will get the full treatment, including a video profile to be featured on this website and the chance to be on Comcast On Demand, as well.
My Take Contest Poll
Dana Spain, Founder, PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)
So what is it, exactly, that you do?
I am the Founder and President of PAWS, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphiaâs homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is Philadelphia’s largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter, and is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year.
How do you see your organization making a difference in the city?
PAWS uses a multi-faceted approach to combat the problem of healthy and treatable animals being killed in city shelters. By offering access to low and no-cost primary veterinary care and spay/neuter surgeries we allow people to keep their pets as loving family members rather than dropping them at a shelter when they are unable to afford vet care. Spay/neuter services help prevent unwanted litters from both owned and rescued animals thereby lessening the number of animals in the kill-shelter system. Our foster and adoption networks provide loving homes for formerly unwanted animals. Together, our services and rescue network diminish the shelter population and move our city towards its ultimate no-kill goal where no healthy or treatable animal is killed simple due to lack of space and resources.
What book is sitting on your nightstand as we speak?
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Pick one, and explain why: Rocky, The Sixth Sense, 12 Monkeys, Trading Places
Trading Places. The quintessential Philadelphia story of rags to riches and riches to rags; how it changes people and how it makes them learn who their true friends are. It showcases great scenes of Philadelphia and it is funny enough to watch again and again even though you know the outcome.
What is Philadelphia’s secret super power that non-natives don’t know about?
Philadelphia is small town within a big city. While we host the best in arts, culture, entertainment and culinary scenes, our city is walkable from river to river and you always run into new and old friends along the way.