Animal Advocates and Citizen Lobbyists

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 4:00pm
Animal Advocates and Citizen Lobbyists

In honor of National Animal Advocacy Day on April 30, we’re running a special series on the blog this week to honor those individuals who dedicate their energies to standing up for animals. Meet our second profiled citizen lobbyist, Jacqueline Logan of Sacramento, California.

Jacqueline M. Logan knows first-hand that making a difference in an animal’s life is the biggest payoff of advocacy work.  

“The times that an abused, forgotten or neglected animal learns to trust again are the moments that make it worthwhile,” says the 29-year-old founder of People for the Advocacy and Welfare of Strays (PAWS) Pet Rescue, a non-profit for special needs cats and kittens.  

At 13, Jacqueline began rescuing and fostering cats and kittens. Eventually, she adopted a feral cat named Patty. “I realized [Patty] understood much of what I had gone through in life,” says Jacqueline, whose parents separated when she was four and divorced a year later. “Both of us had moved a lot, both of us felt lost at some point, and both of us probably did not trust a lot of people.  She knew I was as alone and scared as she was.”

While in college, Jacqueline rescued cats from shelters just 24 hours before they were scheduled to be euthanized. She studied sociology by day and nursed neonates at night—as many as 30 during one breeding season. “I told them even though their moms were gone, they still had me and I would keep them safe,” she remembers.  

After graduation Jacqueline pursued several career opportunities, always with her beloved cats in tow. She volunteered for LAPCATS, a local non-profit affiliated with the Sacramento County Animal Care, before founding PAWS. Currently, she is studying animal welfare legislation at McGeorge School of Law.

“I hope one day we can live in a society that does not watch animals feel pain and allow them to suffer,” she says.

Jacqueline supports stronger laws for food animals and the banning of foie gras, but her heart belongs to companion animals. She supports the ASPCA’s policies encouraging access to low-cost spay/neuter and TNR for feral cat management, as well as those opposing pet limits, breed-specific legislation, and euthanasia as a means to manage overpopulation.

“Legislators want to hear from their constituents, and Jacqueline represents the type of citizen activists that are so important to our work in the legislative arena,” says Kevin O’Neill, the ASPCA’s Senior Legislative Director for the Western Region. “She was very helpful in supporting our inaugural California Legal Voices for Animals Day, which brought law students and legal professionals together to lobby legislators on important animal welfare issues."

Jacqueline, her husband and two young children share their home with many pets. Their dog Bodhi came from a hoarder; a one-eyed cat—Captain Jack—was the lone survivor of a feral colony. Anubus is a 120-lb. Alaskan Malamute/shepherd mix, Penny a terrier/Poodle, and Bella the Yorkshire terrier is a puppy mill survivor. 

“We are a global community responsible for the wellbeing of others, not just humans,” says Jacqueline. “What separates us is our ability to show compassion and use our resources to make the world we share a better place.”

She adds: “Animals were there for me when I most needed them, and now it is my time to advocate for them.”  

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