Puppy Doe aka Kira may not have been a German Shepherd but the protective instincts of every breed guardian was triggered when the dog's tragic story made national headlines. Puppy Doe was a young Pit Bull mix who suffered horrendous torture on a daily basis before being dumped on a street in Boston. Thankfully a Good Samaritan discovered Puppy Doe and got her emergency veterinary care.
Sadly, Puppy Doe had to be euthanized due to the extent of her injuries. However, the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston has set up a fund to help investigate and identify those responsible for abusing the dog. Many people attended a vigil for Puppy Doe in Quincy, MA in late September and donations have been received from all over the United States and abroad. Others who were touched by Puppy Doe's fate have gone the extra mile to promote and support the fundraising efforts for the ARL's justice fund.
One such person is Tamara Green, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in New York City, who is offering incentives to people thinking about donation to the ARL's Puppy Doe fund. Green is licensed in New York State as a Certified Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers for since 1991. She worked as a psychiatric social worker for the renowned New York Presbyterian Hospital for 15 years. Currently, she is a nationally recognized psychotherapist and life coach in private practice.
Green holds a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University, New York. She began her private practice in 1991 and also established a personal coaching business facilitating client’s true potential. She was also trained as a Love Mentor® by the esteemed author Diana Kirschner, PhD, who wrote the books Love in 90 Days: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Own True Love and Sealing the Deal: The Love Mentor’s Guide to Lasting Love.
Green receives no compensation for her efforts to assist the ARL of Boston raise money to conduct their investigation into Puppy Doe's abuse. She spoke about why she choose to contribute her time and expertise towards promoting the Puppy Doe cause.
What inspired you to do this project to encourage people to donate to the Puppy Doe Justice Fund at the Animal Rescue League of Boston?
When I heard about Puppy Doe, I immediately wanted to be of assistance. I am hoping, in fact, knowing, that Puppy Doe’s tragic experience is helping us humans to pay attention to cruelty and the consequences of it. It’s time to come up with viable solutions, yet, in an Enlightened way – to pave the path for our future and our own survival of humankind. Any animal that is abused is a clear sign of us not progressing, of us, as a whole, not being in the right frame of mind and heart to spiritually evolve and mature.
What outcome do you hope to see out of this fundraiser and your own efforts to support it?
The outcome I wish for is awareness, awareness, awareness. What if Puppy Doe’s life’s purpose was to raise the awareness of thousands of people? If we were to ask the amazing spiritual leaders their perspective on this whole thing, we probably would hear something like this:
-“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
-"If you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." - Mother Teresa’s
-“Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Ghandi
-“Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” - Jesus
Every message here is about love, compassion and forgiveness. Therefore, what I hope to see out of this fundraiser is more awareness of what is most important thing here - that true justice is actually freedom from hatred, blame, victim consciousness. If we blast the abusers with so much with light and love, maybe, just maybe, they can actually see what they’ve done and begin to heal their own pain. Am I saying to not have the police pursue and arrest them? Absolutely not! What I am saying is to start a healing process not only for the abusers, but for all of us who are shocked and suffer when hearing about such a brutal act.
How does your fundraiser support initiative work? Since people must donate directly to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, and you are receiving no monetary incentive for doing this, how are you encouraging people to contribute to the Puppy Doe fund?
What I want to give for those who donate is not only a discounted session but a complimentary downloadable MP3 Meditation. My usual rate for a clinical hypnotherapy session is $200 but those who donate $50 or more to the Animal Rescue League of Boston will receive a special rate of $150. I can do individual hypnotherapy appointment in person or via phone or Skype. For more information about my fundraiser, please click here.
Could you please briefly describe your professional and personal background?
Professionally, I am a Loving Relationship Expert, Psychotherapist and Certified Hypnotherapist. I specialize in coaching singles to find their soul mates and couples to heal their relationships. In keeping with my strong belief of being of loving assistance to this world, I run a complimentary weekly international meditation group via webcast or phone called Miracle Mondays Meditation and all are invited to attend.
Personally, I am an animal lover and always have been. By the time I was age 10, we had 4 dogs, 26 cats, 8 bunnies, 2 ducks…..you get the picture – my family loves animals.
Do you believe that pets really do help open closed hearts? I’ve heard it said that people who have difficulty connecting as a self-protection often open up when they care for a pet. Why does this happen?
I am an energy healer and can feel and sometimes see energy. What’s clear is that animals, like children, operate from unconditionally loving hearts. They are usually ever so present and they are never judging or critical of others. Therefore, they literally have an energy vibration that is at a higher level than most adult humans. It’s healing to be around such a beautiful energy, so yes, I do believe that pets really do help to open closed hearts.
The outpouring of grief from the public at the vigil for Puppy Doe in Quincy, MA on September 29, 2013 was incredible. There were 700 people in attendance. Some critics said that it was “nutty” to be this upset over a dog. What are your thoughts on these kinds of criticisms?
We are finally coming to a point of ‘enough is enough’ with the cruelty and violence in our societies. Who ever did this could certainly have the capacity to do this to a person, as well. For those who are criticizing this, please know that when people hear of such a crime, they want and need to do something. Those 700 showed up because their hearts were breaking. I guess that I, too, am one of the “nutty,” because I will be a part of the Puppy Doe vigil in New York City on October 26th.
There have been many forensic studies on the connection between animal abuse and crime against humans. As a licensed clinical social worker, how do you interpret the opinions of some people that those who harmed this dog could be dangerous to people?
I used to work in a Psychiatric Unit for years. We were trained that there are three main childhood markers that could possibly indicate a future of violence once they became adults. The markers are bed wetting beyond the appropriate age, fire starting and cruelty to animals. Just do a search on the internet and you will see the studies that show the connection between cruelty to animals which lead to cruelty to humans.
Why do you think those who are grieving what happened to Puppy Doe, even if they never met the dog, feel so strongly?
Because people know that violence is getting worse and not better in this world. This requires a strong response at this time.
Puppy Doe was originally owned by someone who loved and cared for her but was forced to give her away. It was in her later homes that Puppy Doe was abused. Do you have any words of support for Puppy Doe’s first owner who is grieving what happened to her dog? How can she heal from the sadness of realizing what happened to Puppy Doe whom she clearly had affection for?
My heart goes out to the original owner of Puppy Doe. I hope that she knows that her dog is now a hero because of the impact that this is making to us all. Puppy Doe did not die in vain.
Puppy Doe’s story made it to CNN because the level of abuse that she endured was incredibly horrific. Without making a professional or personal assessment and diagnosis, what kind of person(s) are capable of this kind of premeditated and extended cruelty on an innocent animal? How do you explain the reaction of animal lovers that was so strong that her ordeal became a national headline?
Maybe deep in the hearts of all of us, we know that if we “hate” and “blame” the abusers, it only perpetuates the problem of violence and cruelty. A movement of compassion, love and forgiveness needs to be in place for true change. And, that is a great national headline.
Anyone with information material to the criminal investigation regarding Puppy Doe is encouraged to contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Law Enforcement Department at 617-226-5610, email them at email@example.com, or call Quincy Police Detective Thomas Pepdjonovich at 617-745-5774.