Campaign #1: Bring stakeholders to the table.
Why? To improve the health of veterinary patients.
The goal: Establish a statewide companion animal veterinary surveillance network in Connecticut. The first of it’s kind nationwide.
Monitor trends in:
- Emerging Pathogens
- Antimicrobial Resistance
- Animal Abuse/Opioid Use
- Zoonotic Pathogens
About Bark to be Heard
One year after surgery, I was forced to amputate my dog’s leg because of a multi-drug-resistant-infection. I believe that had a surveillance network existed, the veterinarians treating Mr. Beebs could have viewed the latest data on the treatment of infectious disease, but especially for those pathogens that are highly resistant. Bark to Be Heard is a non-profit organization that seeks to facilitate whatever tools are necessary to prevent suffering.
The inspiration behind Bark to Be Heard
Meet the Founder, Lori Nicholson
ONE WOMAN, ONE DOG, ONE MISSION
In 2011, at the age of fifty-two, she graduated valedictorian from Southern Connecticut State University. Her education and bachelor’s degree in political science was inspired by her dog, Mr. Beebs, who’s the reason she wrote the book, Mr. Beebs and the song and motion graphics project called Thank God for Dogs.
In February 2017, Lori founded a pet owners’ lobby, a 501c4, called Bark to Be Heard. She also ran for state legislature, became a State Council member for the Humane Society of the United States, and lobbied for legislation that directly affects puppy mills.
Listen to Who’s Barking!
We the thousands of pets owners in the State of Connecticut urge our representatives in Hartford to take our concerns seriously and to establish a taskforce. Connecticut loves their pets so let’s get stakeholders together, and create the information highway that is necessary for great pet care in the 21st century.