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Sam Nelson

Samantha Nelson works on companion animal public policy at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), assisting efforts to prevent pet homelessness and strengthen communities through state and local legislation across the country. Prior to joining The HSUS, Samantha earned a degree in economics and political science from the University of Pittsburgh, where her interest in animal welfare began. In her spare time, she volunteers for a local animal rescue and has fostered over 50 dogs and cats with the help of her rescue dog, Charlie.

Content by Sam Nelson

  • Blog Post

    It's not cool to leave a pet in a hot car

    But what can we do if it happens?

    As spring turns to summer, temperatures are quickly rising, which means letting your four-legged companion accompany you on driving errands can be particularly dangerous. I recently visited a local shopping center and when I headed back towards the parking lot, I could hear a dog barking. It sounded slightly muffled, like it was coming from an enclosed space instead of outside. I immediately started to worry and began looking around in cars. It was hot—high seventies at least—which meant the inside of a car was certainly intolerable.

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  • Magazine Article

    Dangerous assumptions

    The negative affect breed stereotypes can have on public policy

    Growing up, my family had golden retrievers and other fluffy golden mixed breed dogs. I’m not sure that I met anyone with a pit bull-type dog until I moved to Pittsburgh for college. My first personal experience with breed stereotypes occurred only a couple years ago, when I was walking my sister’s dog, Bojey—a medium, short-haired dog with a muscular build and big head—and my dog, Charlie, a skinny, tall dog with a long muzzle and medium-length fur.

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