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Can One Person Make a Difference?

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Can One Person Make a Difference?

By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.

I regularly communicate with a multitude of people who make a difference in the lives of animals. Many conversations leave me in awe of how much people do to help animals. Sometimes it is part of their profession and other times it is through dedicated volunteer hours.

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to Jim St. Clair at Knox County Animal Shelter in Mt. Vernon, OH. It was our second conversation and it is very clear that this man really loves “his dogs”, as he lovingly refers to the dogs at his shelter.

Through a Dog’s Ear provides music that has been clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system to shelters and rescue organizations at our cost. Our publisher, Sounds True, donated CD’s that go home with adopters and their new dogs.  Jim is a musician and knows the importance of playing music on a good sound system. So he reached out to his community and they donated the $1,000 needed to install good sound equipment for the dogs.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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7:09AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Fabulous, Lisa, thanks for sharing!

8:53AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011


5:46PM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

every person can make a difference. just like every person on care2 :)

12:03PM PDT on May 26, 2011

One person can definitely make a difference, whether it is positive or negative depend on the person's behavior.

7:51AM PDT on May 26, 2011

yes of course

7:49PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Absolutely. Kids need to hear this statement the most. As a group, they are the ones filled with determination, hope, compassion, and willingness to help animals. We have to not only concentrate on helping animals directly but also encouraging children to do so.

11:51AM PDT on May 12, 2011

We have recently taken on a second dog from a shelter, he had been there for most of his short (9 month) life. He is settling down well but he still sometimes jumps when we touch him. We don't know what they have seen (or suffered) the best we can do is to love them and to try to calm their fears.

9:38AM PDT on May 12, 2011

What an awesome, heartwarming story! Thanks for the download! I am forever rescuing dogs from the streets and sometimes they are a ball of nerves.

3:10AM PDT on May 10, 2011


1:29AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Very interesting.

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