This article was written by Stephen Dickstein with the Examiner. Thanks Steve!
Combine a passion for animals with a keen business sense and you have the beginnings of a show called "Animal Connection". While still actively engaged in the business world, Donna Paige has decided to also
pursue a life around animals and has spent the last two and a half to three years putting the pieces together for Animal Connection.
Donna brings experience from social work, hospital marketing, financial planning, real estate and business development to this new venture that she wants to be both productive and make an impact for animal awareness.
The "show" will be designed to bring information on animals to the public in a "non-judgmental" way. Says Donna, "I want to empower people to help in a way that feels right to them and fits into their lives."
Donna's original intention was to develop the show as a thirty minute television production, but found that to be cost prohibitive. Instead, a friend suggested utilizing the internet where it could be distributed around the world. The first series will consist of six four to five minute shows on different topics about animals; that may include issues on abuse, exotic animals as pets, pollution, climate change, loss of animal habitat, volunteering or others.
The show will be a "fun and entertaining journey" that brings awareness to the inextricable link of all living things that inhabit the earth together. These "connections" would appear to embody an understanding of the "Circle of Life" so vividly spoken in Disney's "The Lion King".
For Donna, her ". . . show will reveal these shifting links between humans and animals; we will see through the eyes of the species whose lives are interwoven, either by design or circumstance." It's all about the never ending connection of life.
Donna defines animal rights as "doing the right thing for animals. My thought pattern is humans are animals. Treat animals with dignity. Animals and children have no voice and rely on adult humans to protect
She has found her life to be energized by the people who care so much about animals. Their actions have helped to keep her quest for this show alive. "It's just amazing what animal people will do, keeps me going. I
am learning a lot of things through this experience," says Donna.
The Animal Connection website or blog also hosts discussions on various animal topics. A recent discussion, for instance, titled "Animals and Science, Do They Mix?" emanates from a veterinarian in India who wanted to get feedback from around the world on the very controversial topic of using animals for the benefit of science. Donna says she now has over five thousand "animal people" in her database worldwide.