Things can get rough on the ice during a heated hockey game, but Buffalo Sabre Adam Mair and wife Alli are playing a part in ending violence off the ice.
Adam and Alli, proud dog owners and animal lovers, have partnered with the SPCA Serving Erie County in its work to end animal cruelty, and to reach the children of this county with its message of non-violence.
In a commercial currently airing on various radio stations, Adam can be heard talking about the number of animal cruelty investigations performed by the SPCA annually. A second commercial features Adam discussing the various programs the SPCA has in many Erie County schools, reaching thousands of children each year. Adam will appear in public service announcements airing later this year on local stations, and he'll also play a part in representing various mail, e-mail, and YourSPCA.org projects.
Alli is active with the SPCA's 2007 TLC Teaching Love and Compassion program, a daily, innovative violence prevention program directed at 11-to-13-year-old inner-city youth, teaching them about kindness, respect, caring, empathy, and responsibility for both animal and human life. Alli, along with SPCA staff members and volunteers, pair students with shelter dogs that may be facing extended shelter stays because of behavioral problems; students learn humane dog training techniques, along with skills in communication, teamwork, conflict resolution and anger management.
"My wife Alli and I are very proud to be working with the SPCA," says Mair. "The SPCA is committed to improving the lives of animals and we are very excited to be a part of that mission."
The SPCA thanks Adam and Alli for playing such a unique part in the important work done by the organization to protect both animals and people. "It's so encouraging that Adam and Alli recognize the importance of ending animal cruelty and the role education plays in reaching that goal," says SPCA Humane Education Director Beth Shapiro. "I look forward to working with Alli this year, and to watching the learning process at work with the children we'll be teaching during the next few TLC sessions."