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Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a writer and a volunteer at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan. A native New Yorker, she shares her home with two rescue pit bulls, Desiree and Buddy.

Yolanda Crous is a magazine editor and a volunteer at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan. She earned a master’s degree in environmental science and management from the Donald Bren School at the University of California Santa Barbara. She shares her home with her rescue pit bull Beauty.

Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of stories, published by Knopf and Scribner. In 2006, her collected stories was named by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year, won the Ambassador Book Aware for Best Fiction of the Year, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Artists Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2008 she won the Rea Award for the Short Story, and in 2009, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. She is the co-editor of Unleashed: Poems by Writers’ Dogs, half the proceeds of which went to animal charities. In addition to volunteering at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan, Amy teaches creative writing at Harvard University and Bennington College.

Jeff Latzer is a longtime animal shelter volunteer and rescue foster father. He currently lives in Queens with his ninth (former) foster, Lucille.

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