By: Bethe Almeras, WHS volunteer and guest blogger
Blogger's Note: Many people think of Washington, DC as a big city, but for those of us who live here it often feels like a small town, which is exactly how this interview came about. I have been active with the Washington Humane Society (WHS) since I adopted my cat there in October, 2012. One of the things I do is promote WHS's mission, events and adoptable animals across social media platforms. Enter fellow WHS advocate and social media enthusiast Doug Ratner who reached out to me via Twitter. We connected over our joint love of animals and desire to help WHS, and so the idea for this interview was born. I can't tell you how much I admire Doug and his band, Doug Ratner & The Watchmen, for the work they are doing to raise awareness about dogs in need and animal adoption, and the funds they are raising and donating to support the cause. I hope it becomes a huge trend. A tip of that hat to the boys in the band! -- Bethe Almeras
Doug: It all started very organically. My manager and I were trying to think of fun, engaging ways to turn "Dogs" into a music video and he came up with the idea of asking our fans for pictures of their dogs. I took it to the next step and reached out to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, and you could say the rest is history. We just kept getting inundated with pictures and stories, and connections were made one after another! I would begin talking to random people on the train, airports, etc. about the song and what I wanted to do and people just put me in touch with other organizations. I've always been obsessed with animals, it's no lie. The only things that get me teary eyed are animal related, so my passion is very deep with helping them out. This has been a way to combine two extremely important parts of my life; animals and music!