September 12th, 2022
By Helia Zarkhosh, RedRover Communications and Marketing Coordinator
What does a typical day look like for RedRover staff members? How do we answer the call for help when people have nowhere else to turn? In this series, “Leading with Empathy: Behind the Scenes at RedRover,” we share staff stories about our efforts to bring animals from crisis to care.
In this feature, we interview Heidi Colonna, consulting writer and editor for Kind News magazine, about how her childhood love of animals – and her childhood dog, Gretchen, in particular – set her on a journey of self-discovery to find her purpose in humane education. Along the way, Heidi realized the power of books and storytelling, particularly stories about animals. Her bond with Gretchen inspired her to write Dear Gretchen, a memoir about their relationship – and how their bond endured even after Gretchen’s passing.
Heidi has been an integral part of helping Kind News reach students across the country through her writing, editing, and outreach. Join Heidi and RedRover’s efforts to further strengthen the human-animal bond by sharing Kind News with a student or teacher in your life.