In my other life, during daylight hours, I am a writer for women's magazines. Since my vegan awakening, I've enjoyed finding ways to infiltrate my non-vegan magazines with vegan-y stories. This is no mean feat, for despite the rise in popularity of the vegan cause, national women's magazines and national newspapers are still a little wary about any stories which can be seen to alienate their readership. Let's not forget vegans still only account for 7% of the population (but this figure is ballooning at a wonderful rate - go team!)
Veganism is a three pronged fork. You've got the animals, the environment and your own health. Animal welfare stories are always popular because even the 93% of the population who don't identify as vegan still ruddy love animals.
I'm more drawn to these kinds of stories myself these days and it's a great privilege to seek out animal lovers and get their stories seen and heard in mainstream media.
Here's two stories I've had published recently in Love Sunday, the Sunday supplement magazine. Firstly we have New Yorker Kelly, who fosters abandoned kittens and prepares them for adoption. She and her Boxer dog Suzie are a formidable duo and Suzie, surrounded by an array of fluffy little kittens, makes for a wonderful poster-dog for the kitten fostering process... Although I'm not sure all dogs would possess her patience!
Kelly is an extraordinary photographer (with rather extraordinary models in the shape of Suzie and the cats) - I mean, just look at these pictures! Kelly has such a gift for capturing not only the mischievous nature of the kittens but also the gentle personality of climbing frame Suzie.
Next up, Love Sunday covered the story of Michelle Clark, a hero on the streets of London (and many other cities). Michelle has been helping the homeless for years, offering a free service to their canine companions.
Interviewing Michelle taught me so much about the homeless sector and it was so inspiring to talk to someone who had taken the time to consider the welfare of homeless street dogs and do something so huge about it. You can follow DOTS on Instagram here and read the full story here.
At times it feels like the world is too full of people who don't care. But then I go and interview people like Kelly and Michelle and I realise that the world is full of incredible people who care very much. My faith in humanity is restored!