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Anita Kelso Edson

Anita Kelso Edson has been on the media and communications team at the ASPCA for eight years. She and her husband, Scott, share their apartment with two former ASPCA felines, Mary J and Dora.

Content by Anita Kelso Edson

  • Magazine Article

    The power of one

    Julie Morris, who recently celebrated 25 years with the ASPCA, has seen myriad changes in the sheltering field during her career, from declining intakes to evolving attitudes toward euthanasia and adoptions.

    Julie Morris of the ASPCA has spent 35 years helping pets and people

    Even in her early days in animal protection, Julie Morris was thinking ahead.

    In 1978, armed with a bachelor’s in zoology and a master’s in secondary education, Morris was working as a student teacher when her career path veered in a different direction. She left education to work as a shelter attendant at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    “I’d never been to a humane society in my life, but the idea of working with animals appealed to me,” says Morris. Over 10 years, she worked her way up from kennel attendant to executive director.

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  • Magazine Article

    Hard work—with a soft touch

    Safety Net manager Erica Macias assists Baldwin Park resident Jose Marquez with his cats Muñeca and Mono, who were sterilized and vaccinated through the ASPCA’s program.

    ASPCA Safety Net managers provide resources and compassion to Los Angeles County pet owners

    Don’t expect to find Bernice Osorto, Erica Macias or Miguel Ruelas staring at computer screens all day. The ASPCA’s three Safety Net managers at Los Angeles County’s two high-intake shelters in Downey and Baldwin Park spend their time sitting at a folding table at each shelter’s main entrance, greeting clients as they approach with dogs on leashes, cats in crates, kittens and puppies in shoeboxes, or injured pets wrapped in towels.

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    The ASPCA's 'top chefs'

    For brothers Jonathan (left) and Johan Aguero, caring for animals is all in the family.

    Sibling duo dishes out creative cuisine for shelter pets

    If the four-legged residents of the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City could talk, they’d have to admit Johan and Jonathan Aguero’s specially prepared meals make the shelter experience much more palatable.

    Jonathan, a behavior counselor, and his brother Johan, an animal care technician, nurture and nourish our shelter residents, including victims of cruelty, cats from hoarding cases and quarantined canines, as well as longtime residents deserving of extra-special care and creativity.

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