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A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to Wags & Walks Rescue!
Join us for a panel discussion, with the authors of their new book When Dogs Heal, on the healing power of dogs for people with HIV and other chronic illnesses.
The panel includes Dr. Robert Garofalo, whose HIV diagnosis inspired the book, award-winning dog photographer Jesse Friedin, and a spokesperson from Wags & Walks Rescue in Los Angeles. The event, moderated by book co-author Christina Garofalo, will touch on the themes of unconditional love, resilience and survival.
Christina Garofalo is an LA-based TV writer and journalist. She’s covered travel, food, and culture for more than a dozen publications, including Afar, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, Paste, Resident, Robb Report, and ShermansTravel, and most recently wrote and produced the television series LOVE IN 2020 about dating during the pandemic. She’s served as an editor for ShermansTravel, Robb Report and Gilt.com and is the voice of the HIV nonprofit Fred Says (@fred_says) on social media.
Dr. Robert Garofalo has devoted his career to caring for adolescents living with HIV. He is a physician and the professor of pediatrics at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine as well as the division head of adolescent medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Rob codirects the Lurie Hospital Gender Identity & Sex Development Program and is a national authority on the health care of LGBT youth and youth living with HIV. Rob has led several
HIV prevention research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rob founded Fred Says, a nonprofit charity that supports organizations across the US that care for HIV-positive youth. He named the charity after his dog Fred, whom he credits for saving his life after his own HIV-positive diagnosis.
Zach Stafford is an award-winning journalist, editor, and television host. Most recently he worked as the anchor of the BuzzFeed News morning show AM to DM and the editor in chief of the Advocate magazine. Prior to these roles, he served as the chief content officer of Grindr and editor in chief of INTO, the award-winning LGBTQ digital magazine. He has also served as the editor-at-large of Out magazine and was an award-winning journalist at the Guardian. Zach regularly provides commentary on radio and podcasts and has appeared on the BBC, CNN and the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He is the coeditor of the book Boys, An Anthology and creator of the documentary Boystown. In 2019, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and to the Root’s list of the 100 most influential African Americans.
Jesse Freidin is America’s leading fine art dog photographer. For the past fifteen years his portraiture has studied the deeply healing power of the human/animal bond, telling a contemporary story of companionship and love that truly honors the role dogs play in our lives. Jesse’s dog portraits are in private collections throughout the United States, and have been exhibited in galleries from coast to coast. His photography has appeared in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and many more. He is the author of ‘Finding Shelter: Portraits of Love, Healing and Survival’ published by Lyons Press in 2017 as well as ‘The Doggie Gaga Project’ — a personal project that became an overnight media sensation. He works with clients in Santa Fe, San Francisco and beyond.
Wags & Walks was founded in 2011 by Lesley Brog, the daughter of a veterinarian, who was devastated by the number of sweet and healthy dogs being euthanized due to overcrowding in LA shelters. Wags & Walks’ main goal when founded was to break the stigma that rescue dogs are damaged goods and to help decrease the number of dogs euthanized in local shelters by showing the community that you can find wonderful dogs of all breeds and sizes through rescue. That value has remained consistent as the rescue has continued to grow.
Wags & Walks’ success can be credited to a team of dog-loving, loyal and intelligent people that share a can-do attitude as well as a strong network of partners, incredible alumni (as we call our previous adopters) and our value of choosing our dogs on temperament rather than breed. Every Wags & Walks dog has been through a temperament evaluation to ensure we know the best fit for our dogs. Not only is this a way to ensure successful adoptions, but it also helps spread the word that shelter dogs are the best dogs! Our team drives hundreds of miles each week and spends hundreds of hours to save as many wonderful dogs as we can. With your help, we can save so many more.