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We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to the Humane Society of the United States. Here are their stories.

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Denise Taddeo

The Humane Society of the United Sates would like to take a moment to recognize and honor a lifetime animal advocate Denise Taddeo. During her professional career she counseled individuals with their life issues, but her real passion was nurturing and caring for animals.

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A lifelong Louisianan, Ray grew up surrounded by animals—from dogs to ducks and cats to cattle. When it came time to select a college major, forestry and wildlife was a logical choice, and Ray subsequently spent five years running a state park.

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In the dog-versus-cat debate, Misty doesn’t hesitate to take sides. “My poodles have been a big part of my life,” she says. “They’ve given me immense love and joy and laughter.”

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“I have always felt a very close connection to all animals,” says Gigi. A self-professed “Army brat,” Gigi says dogs and cats were always in tow during her family’s multiple moves.

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After retiring from a career as a physical education teacher, long-time HSUS member Georgie now devotes her energies to weaving. In addition to fabric, she’s created a life that also makes ample room for animals.

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Jim and Dawn

When Jim married his wife, Dawn, more than three decades ago, it was a package deal. “I became father to a poodle mix with anger problems and a cheerful corgi,” he recalls.

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Rena Roseman

Education and educating others with regard to health and animal issues were key hallmarks of Rena Roseman’s life. After earning a master’s degree in public health from UCLA, Rena trained as a public health inspector in Canada, organized corporate wellness programs and served as the youngest-ever intern for the World Health Organization in Copenhagen.

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