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10 Animal Advocates On The Treasure Coast Who Protect The Well-Being Of Those Who Can’t Speak For Themselves

These 10 professionals protect the well-being of those who can’t speak for themselves. Here, they share their passion, and the differences they hope to make for the animals in our community.

1. Mark Perry

Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society

“I enjoy the opportunity to be a voice for the environment and continue to learn about our ocean and coastal ecosystems. I enjoy watching the young visitors hold a sea creature for the first time and seeing their fear turn into excitement so they begin to care.”

2. Chalmers I. Morse

Executive Director/CEO, The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County

“[I hope to make a difference by] providing every animal that comes to us with the ‘five freedoms’ they deserve: freedom from thirst and hunger; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, and disease; freedom to express normal behavior; and freedom from fear and distress.”

3. Jackie Lyman

Certified Veterinary Technician and Shelter Manager, Humane Society of St. Lucie County

“What I enjoy most about my job is being able to take part in the transformation of these helpless animals and seeing them get adopted.”

4. Neal Asthana

Marine Ecosystems Technician, Smithsonian Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium

“The first time I went snorkeling as a 5-year-old boy, I loved it so much I refused to take off the snorkel and slept with it still on. Many years later I went scuba diving for the first time. It was such a life-changing experience that I knew I wanted to devote my life to the ocean.”

5. Karen Taylor

Animal Control Coordinator, St. Lucie County Animal Control

“At an early age I knew helping animals was my ambition.”

6. Jocelyn Bezner

Senior veterinarian, Save the Chimps

“My job allows me to spend time with 253 chimpanzees. They are incredibly intelligent and complex individuals, and I learn something from them every day.”

7. Dan Martinelli

Executive Director, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center

“Animals have always been my passion. As a child I was ‘The Critter Kid’ who was lucky enough to grow up to study biology and then to work with it hands-on.”

8. Sari Caouette

Board Member/Events Coordinator, Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation

“There is nothing more emotionally moving than watching the love relationship form between one of our horses and their new adoptive ‘Forever Owner.’”

9. Kimberly Guile

Animal Services Officer, Martin County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services

“I love reuniting fur babies with their owners and educating the public on how to take care of, as well as how to prevent incidents, with their pets.”

10. Frank Valente

President/CEO, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast

“Every day we make a difference at our adoption center and clinic. We never turn away a dog, cat, puppy, kitten or small domestic animal for any reason. We are the only shelter left in our area that is totally open access with no time limits on how long the animals stay in our care.”

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