I am Sherrill Durbin. I was born in 1956, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and still live in the area. My nationality could be called “mutt” as I am a Caucasian with little knowledge about my ancestors. My curiosity is overwhelming sometimes, and I could enjoy hundreds of interests if I would take the time for myself. I work full time as a purchasing agent at Tulsa Community College, and the rest of my spare time is spent helping animals through letter writing, phone calling, investigating, protesting, and hands-on rescuing.
My becoming an animal rights activist was a slow process of evolution and enlightenment through education. I bought a dog at a pet shop at the mall. I didn’t know where pet shop dogs usually come from (puppy mills). I didn’t know that I was contributing to the torture of mother dogs at these doggie concentration camps by buying Snuggles from the pet shop. Snuggles, however, started my evolution and enlightenment toward animal rights. I saw that she had a unique personality. She had emotions just like ours. It was like having a child, and I realized that if she was that much like us, then all dogs must be. I started volunteering at the SPCA. I found that every dog and cat there had its own unique, wonderful personality, much like humans. I read in the SPCA newsletter about buying products from companies that don’t test on animals, and how cruelly
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Publication information: Book title: People Promoting and People Opposing Animal Rights:In Their Own Words. Contributors: John M. Kistler - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 100.
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