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Kenny Lamberti

Kenny Lamberti is Acting Vice President for the Companion Animals department of The Humane Society of the United States and played a key role in the creation and implementation of its Pets for Life program. Kenny came to The HSUS with a background in social work, teaching and grass roots community organizing. Kenny has led community-based programs for nationally recognized organizations such as the YMCA, Harvard University and the Boston Public Schools. Kenny is a champion of equality and inclusion, which has framed his holistic approach to engaging animal lovers and advocates from diverse backgrounds, with the hope of creating a more humane global community.

Content by Kenny Lamberti

  • Magazine Article

    Animal Care Expo is over ... What happens now?

    Translating Expo's lessons into action back home

    Have you caught your breath yet? I know I’m still in awe after an amazing week at Animal Care Expo 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. World-renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell kicked things off with an inspiring keynote speech at the welcome session, celebrating the deep emotional bond we share with pets—oh yeah—and we watched a dog fly a plane! If a dog can pilot a plane, what can’t they do? And this was only the beginning of the conference.

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  • Blog Post

    The future of animal welfare depends on us...each and every one

    The future for animal welfare is promising.

    As 2016 comes to a close, we’re reminded to reflect on lessons learned and how to improve for 2017

    The holiday season can be a time to look back, as well as set our intentions for the upcoming year. Regardless of the myriad of belief systems and traditions that influence the way we experience this time of year, the calendar dictates both reflection and future planning. Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, “Life can only be understood backwards; but must be lived forwards.” Whether we’ve had the best year of our lives or a year filled with struggle, it’s likely all of us have had highs and lows.

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  • Blog Post

    Taking that extra step

    Kenny Lamberti and his dog, Ruben

    Anyone in animal welfare remembers that turning point in which their lives changed forever. Kenny Lamberti recalls how he got started in animal welfare, with a dog named Yoyo and a dog trainer turned mentor that recognized something special.

    In 1999, a stubby little brindle dog followed me on a 5-mile run through my neighborhood in Boston. He had no collar, tags or manners, but he made me laugh and was a great running companion, so I took him home. This 45-pound ball of energy needed a name, and because he bounced up and down incessantly I thought Yoyo was a good fit.

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  • Blog Post

    What does “responsible” pet ownership really look like?

    What Does “Responsible” Pet Ownership Really Look Like?

    Kenny Lamberti reflects on what it really means to be a responsible pet owner and who gets to decide.

    “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.”  Thomas Berger

    I’ve often found that people who ask lots of questions tend to be very thoughtful when making decisions. The best teachers and mentors I’ve ever had encouraged me to question things before accepting anything as fact. When we have the courage to question, paired with the willingness to be self-critical, we are ultimately much more effective when serving our communities, so here are a few questions to ponder.

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