Professionals & Animal Lovers Show

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Facebook Live Video from 2022/08/03 - The Inaugural Compassion Awards!

Facebook Live Video from 2022/08/03 - The Inaugural Compassion Awards!


2022/08/03 - The Inaugural Compassion Awards!

[New Episode] The Inaugural Compassion Awards!


Learn about who they are, what they do and why we are honoring them. We will also cast a light on our awesome sponsors who are also animal lovers and want to be a part of this very special, unique event. 

Guests:  Valerie Heffron & Tommy DiMisa


We are honoring 3 heroes in the world of animal rescue and advocacy. These people spend their lives saving lives and fighting for improved animal welfare legislation. They are selfless, intelligent and incredibly dedicated to the animals. 

Learn about who they are, what they do and why we are honoring them. We will also cast a light on our awesome sponsors who are also animal lovers and want to be a part of this very special, unique event.

Tune in for this heart-felt conversation at or watch the Facebook Livestream by Clicking Here.

Show Notes

Segment 1

Tommy reads the mission statement of The Professionals & Animal Lovers Show. Valerie talks about how Tommy encouraged her to start doing P.A.L.S despite her fear of being on camera. Tommy talks about his experience of getting in his own way at times and encourages listeners to realize the impact that they can have. Valerie shares an affirmation she learned which is “why not you?”.

Segment 2

Valerie talks about getting involved in animal advocacy after going to a protest years ago and learning that her voice is powerful. She speaks about getting angry when learning about injustices. She stresses the importance of learning and getting involved to help animals because they are voiceless.

Segment 3

Valerie talks about her background in networking and how that led to P.A.L.S and to the Compassion Awards. She then talks about supporting businesses and people that support animals. Valerie and Tommy then give an overview of two of the honorees for this year’s Compassion Awards: Renee Kraft and Regina Mendoza.

Segment 4

After the break, Valerie and Tommy talk about the final honoree, John Di Leonardo. Tommy talks about feeling more compassion for animals since starting P.A.L.S. Valerie then talks about their sponsors: Caroline Josephs whose company is CJ Designs, Mara Navaretta who owns a real estate brokerage company, Paul Oliveri with the law firm Oliveri & Schwartz, Donna Fiorelli who is also a lawyer, and Wisselman Heronian Family Law. The Compassion Awards is at The Refuge in Melville on October 11th and more information about the event can be found at


00:00:59.700 --> 00:01:07.650 Tommy D: The intro song seemed extra long today Valerie I don't know what it was, maybe it's just the anticipation, this is pals professionals mountain lovers so i'm seeing an extra long oh yeah.

00:01:10.410 --> 00:01:18.810 Valerie Heffron: Alright, so we have an ECHO Tommy D is going to fix it, but in the interim, I guess i'll just talk so it will.

00:01:19.110 --> 00:01:19.800 Tommy D: Come back come back.

00:01:19.830 --> 00:01:20.400 Valerie Heffron: he's back.

00:01:21.510 --> 00:01:22.290 Tommy D: i'm back i'm back you know.

00:01:22.950 --> 00:01:25.170 Tommy D: i'm watching us on Facebook, as I always do.

00:01:25.470 --> 00:01:29.190 Tommy D: And I thought I had a muted and I didn't so apparently you got to hear what I hear.

00:01:29.310 --> 00:01:31.140 Tommy D: My voice all the time.

00:01:31.170 --> 00:01:32.700 Tommy D: In my head even.

00:01:32.880 --> 00:01:34.830 Tommy D: You all got the year in double time.

00:01:36.030 --> 00:01:36.330 Tommy D: Sorry.

00:01:37.380 --> 00:01:45.900 Tommy D: Sorry, to leave you there all by us, I would never do that on purpose what was I saying this is a Pal show we're back at the theme song seemed extra long.

00:01:46.260 --> 00:01:55.050 Tommy D: I don't know if I stretched it out, I don't know if it's just so what's that we've been waiting for me to get back in the attic and do a show I haven't done a show in the attic and weeks, like we've been.

00:01:55.710 --> 00:01:57.450 Valerie Heffron: traveling oh that's right, you are away.

00:01:57.810 --> 00:01:58.260 Valerie Heffron: yeah.

00:01:58.410 --> 00:02:04.800 Tommy D: I just background it's been a while, so we are back pals yeah listen Let me read you a story, we want to amplify the message.

00:02:05.430 --> 00:02:21.240 Tommy D: That we believe the bond between animal lovers is incredibly strong, we want to support each other, each one another, we want to support one another in business by building a compassionate network together so that everyone wins, especially.

00:02:21.600 --> 00:02:27.810 Tommy D: The animals, and you know I mean this is like a mission statement I joked a couple weeks ago, but this was like an idea.

00:02:29.370 --> 00:02:36.480 Tommy D: that this was going to form it a whole community which it's doing it was going to be an award show which we're doing, which was kind of your.

00:02:36.900 --> 00:02:46.890 Tommy D: I mean so thing is your brainchild but the compassionate towards is something I think you probably thought about for the longest time and you know today is today represents something interesting for me well.

00:02:48.870 --> 00:02:59.340 Tommy D: there's two things that scare me in life, and one of them i'll probably never tell anybody about the other one is showing up for my show without a guest interview on Friday morning so.

00:02:59.700 --> 00:03:03.840 Tommy D: Today we showed up almost without a guest to interview today.

00:03:03.930 --> 00:03:08.220 Tommy D: Right staffed I want to interview Valerie today.

00:03:08.280 --> 00:03:08.670 So.

00:03:10.080 --> 00:03:23.400 Tommy D: So so that's how this worked out, so it almost was like Oh, my goodness, but we've been we've been saying for how many months, like we should just do a show where you and I talk like imagine the hours.

00:03:23.940 --> 00:03:33.540 Tommy D: of programming, we could do if somebody recorded our cell phone conversations I think like Sam leibowitz you'd have to get a whole new network here talk radio.

00:03:35.820 --> 00:03:43.050 Tommy D: And we would break our own rules, in fact, on my other show philanthropy and focus on Fridays, we dropped an F bomb on the show which.

00:03:44.970 --> 00:03:46.470 Valerie Heffron: It was right, like.

00:03:46.590 --> 00:03:47.970 Tommy D: You Dan it was all good.

00:03:48.000 --> 00:04:01.530 Tommy D: It was Okay, I understood it um so I just I want I know you have a lot to talk about today, but I really would love for you at your leisure tell us the story.

00:04:02.220 --> 00:04:14.670 Tommy D: Of what drew you to this work, I mean what drew you to this is, you know what drew me to this right, I don't have any connection necessarily to this animal advocacy.

00:04:15.210 --> 00:04:24.120 Tommy D: Focus or stuff if you don't bring this to my attention so i'm assuming someone brought it to your attention and I sort of know but i'm assuming maybe.

00:04:25.350 --> 00:04:27.330 Tommy D: Like we're doing the real shopping like an interview show.

00:04:29.940 --> 00:04:44.850 Tommy D: i'd really like to pretend like i'm just making well, but I have, I have a whole bunch of questions I want you to tell that story, but I know you have your own agenda that you want to hit upon today as well with with regards to the compassion awards So where do you want to start today.

00:04:46.080 --> 00:04:46.320 Tommy D: well.

00:04:46.890 --> 00:04:51.300 Valerie Heffron: You know I think for our listeners, and especially anyone who's a new listener.

00:04:51.780 --> 00:05:09.150 Valerie Heffron: I think it's really important for them to understand that this show, and also our upcoming events wouldn't be happening, if my good friend and co host i'm even ISA didn't like nudge me I don't like the word push because it sounds you know aggressive.

00:05:09.390 --> 00:05:09.900 Tommy D: motivate.

00:05:09.930 --> 00:05:12.420 Valerie Heffron: How about motivated motivated me yeah.

00:05:12.420 --> 00:05:13.980 Tommy D: And you may be persuaded.

00:05:14.220 --> 00:05:23.250 Valerie Heffron: But the best thing that you did okay in my in my world was like you took away my excuses.

00:05:23.760 --> 00:05:39.810 Valerie Heffron: You know because I was absolutely standing in my own way, which bigger picture means that I was standing in the way of helping more animals, so at the end of the day I didn't want to podcast because.

00:05:40.380 --> 00:05:48.450 Valerie Heffron: there's a video camera involved these days and it's just always been a thing with me, I always hated cameras, I always used to walk around with the camera.

00:05:48.780 --> 00:06:07.170 Valerie Heffron: When I was a kid and I would be the photographer because that takes you out of the picture until now selfies were born and everyone's got a camera and they're kind of unavoidable so um you know bottom line this doesn't exist without you it really doesn't.

00:06:07.230 --> 00:06:07.680 Tommy D: Well, I.

00:06:08.400 --> 00:06:10.800 Tommy D: will take that credit i'll take a credit of gratitude.

00:06:12.480 --> 00:06:19.890 Tommy D: i'm learning and evolving to she kind of realized that I gotta take gratitude and do that for sure, I want to say it it's about now it just went away.

00:06:20.220 --> 00:06:25.740 Tommy D: I want to tell you this, our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear.

00:06:26.220 --> 00:06:33.870 Tommy D: Is that we are powerful beyond measure, it is our light not our darkness that frightens us we ask ourselves who am I.

00:06:34.410 --> 00:06:44.430 Tommy D: Who am I to be brilliant gorgeous talented fabulous actually who are you not to be so, you know what about if I was somehow that's Marianne Williamson, I did not write that myself gang.

00:06:44.670 --> 00:06:52.470 Tommy D: But a friend of mine, Joe and I talked regularly and Joe and I were talking we specifically talking about this quote and you and I had a conversation Valerie.

00:06:52.860 --> 00:07:00.750 Tommy D: a while back, and I remember driving because I used to when we used to drive I drive still but I mean when I was on the road, a lot it's called like windshield time right.

00:07:01.950 --> 00:07:10.110 Tommy D: I remember having a long conversation and I didn't say it as eloquently as Miss Mary Ann Williams i'm Williamson said I was more like yo bow.

00:07:10.590 --> 00:07:23.460 Tommy D: How they can we get if we get out of our own effing way is, I think the way I delivered the information to you, but I was like anti what you just said to me that's years ago, but what you just said to me and I had this own.

00:07:24.480 --> 00:07:35.010 Tommy D: block or speed bump in my own world, and I will tell you i'm going to be real and i'm using real in everywhere, but i'm Sometimes I get caught up you know.

00:07:35.700 --> 00:07:45.840 Tommy D: discounting my own value and what I bring and what I and I tell you that in some people I nonsense that's Tommy dsp know sometimes really Sometimes I get my own way.

00:07:46.440 --> 00:07:53.700 Tommy D: And sometimes I don't realize the value I bring to the world, so I would say, if you feel that way to not you Valerie but anybody listening.

00:07:54.390 --> 00:08:07.440 Tommy D: Try to just realize it's you can do freakin anything in this world, you can make an incredible impact like Valerie and I are, and I will take the word out that I would have used a week ago, or actually that I want to use yesterday morning.

00:08:08.850 --> 00:08:18.150 Tommy D: I would have said Valerie on yeah we're just trying to change the world no we're changing the world like that's what we're doing we're not trying anything you don't try like yoda told us that my friend, Joe was telling me that.

00:08:18.600 --> 00:08:25.980 Tommy D: You know it's not about trying we're changing the world, and you all can change the world to and that's is that a bold statement Yet is it is won't say but.

00:08:26.490 --> 00:08:27.000 Valerie Heffron: I think.

00:08:27.450 --> 00:08:27.720 God.

00:08:29.100 --> 00:08:41.250 Valerie Heffron: I think that there's two things here number one I believe everybody suffers from the evil self doubt voice in your head and every once in a while, especially if let's say.

00:08:41.760 --> 00:08:52.590 Valerie Heffron: you're not seeing results as quickly as you anticipated with something you know it's easy to doubt yourself and it's easy to kind of like slack off or whatever.

00:08:53.910 --> 00:08:55.530 Valerie Heffron: But I also will say that.

00:08:56.700 --> 00:09:08.850 Valerie Heffron: Someone challenged me once and they will like you know you have such a genuine passion for this, and again I was on this like cusp of deciding whether or not we were going to do this podcast and.

00:09:10.440 --> 00:09:26.040 Valerie Heffron: They said to me like How dare you not share your gifts your passion How dare you not give whatever education, you have that maybe others don't and can learn from you how dare you keep that to yourself.

00:09:26.430 --> 00:09:28.380 Valerie Heffron: And I was like boy.

00:09:28.470 --> 00:09:36.450 Tommy D: You are a child of God, this is so many rooms are you you're playing small does not serve the world so that's the point like.

00:09:36.510 --> 00:09:38.370 Tommy D: yeah they're us.

00:09:38.460 --> 00:09:39.600 Valerie Heffron: Right yeah.

00:09:40.830 --> 00:09:52.170 Tommy D: You know cuz you're scared because Tommy because you don't want to either the irony of this whole thing for me if I if I don't use the right grammatical term is that you wanted me to come on a show you used to do and I was like Absolutely not.

00:09:52.200 --> 00:09:53.040 Not ever going to have.

00:09:54.240 --> 00:09:57.960 Tommy D: Like looking back that's like six or seven years ago, but like looking back on that.

00:09:58.650 --> 00:10:07.920 Tommy D: And I was never like very timid I just didn't want to hear me say things that might be wrong like on your show like maybe about like HR outsourcing or employee benefits or payroll right.

00:10:08.250 --> 00:10:21.630 Tommy D: Like the point is, I know, most of the things I say might not be exactly right as an adult human beings, I think there's I get older i'm realizing I don't know all this stuff I don't know all the answers, but how dare you how dare I.

00:10:22.260 --> 00:10:29.760 Tommy D: rob the world of this opportunity that we're creating five 600 people check into this show every week and watch it just on Facebook, whatever else on podcasts and.

00:10:29.760 --> 00:10:30.570 Valerie Heffron: whatnot yeah.

00:10:30.660 --> 00:10:39.090 Tommy D: You know what we, we must be doing something right it's adding value to people, and if we didn't do that, like like Let me give you, for instance gang here's the thing.

00:10:40.800 --> 00:10:47.790 Tommy D: I always I try to always talk about personal stuff although Val brought this up last week, so I guess we'll just bring it up, so this afternoon.

00:10:48.330 --> 00:11:05.190 Tommy D: um there was a package delivered to my house with a T shirt in it, it was not my size i'm in the best shape i'm in it, you know it's not my size, because if it's an 11 year old boy so and it says the T shirt says i'm here to pet all the dogs and.

00:11:05.610 --> 00:11:10.620 Tommy D: My son I got a real kick out of that it was sent by one miss Valerie have fun and.

00:11:12.090 --> 00:11:19.290 Tommy D: Does that child help the dog that he helped out two weeks ago on a Friday night when his old man just wanted to go home and lay on the couch.

00:11:19.560 --> 00:11:24.420 Tommy D: and make sure that dog gets to his house does that child go see Regina Mendoza.

00:11:24.720 --> 00:11:37.770 Tommy D: and work at Camp happy tales and why see that ain't about me and i'm not taking it away from what i've done it's about that's about what this creation is and that's what this is, this is all creation it's leading it's doing the thing.

00:11:38.280 --> 00:11:49.260 Tommy D: And maybe saying something wrong once in a while, maybe not having accurate information, but like just taking a freakin shot like I have this last thing i'll say and then it's on to you, I have this little flyer it's like a.

00:11:49.680 --> 00:12:02.730 Tommy D: it's a piece of something I printed out and I printed out for all six people who live in my house and i'm the only one that still has it up, and it goes back to like 2017 and i'm sure I told you about this before it says life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

00:12:03.150 --> 00:12:04.560 Valerie Heffron: yeah life begins like.

00:12:04.650 --> 00:12:07.380 Tommy D: Get freaking uncomfortable or like.

00:12:08.490 --> 00:12:10.410 Tommy D: You know what's that movie about shawshank.

00:12:10.860 --> 00:12:11.370 Tommy D: He said.

00:12:11.610 --> 00:12:17.430 Tommy D: Get busy living or get busy dying like do something shout out to Barry have for on checking in on Facebook, not to be well.

00:12:17.550 --> 00:12:19.800 Tommy D: We love, some of us more than others, we love.

00:12:21.180 --> 00:12:21.780 Tommy D: What do you guys.

00:12:22.740 --> 00:12:32.100 Valerie Heffron: I have one more for us, I guess, if you will, because this one really resonated with me, but I was, I was checking out a another podcast.

00:12:32.940 --> 00:12:37.980 Valerie Heffron: And they were talking about affirmations this was more of a business related thing right.

00:12:38.790 --> 00:12:57.120 Valerie Heffron: And so I asked the question, online I said what what's your favorite affirmation or whatever, and the guy looked into the camera I swear I felt like he was peering into my soul and he goes, why not you, and now I love so much.

00:12:57.240 --> 00:12:59.730 Valerie Heffron: Video, why not you.

00:12:59.880 --> 00:13:10.620 Valerie Heffron: Right or why not you why not, you know you see all these other things happening magic is happening all over the world every day, people are putting themselves out there, I don't care if they're.

00:13:11.010 --> 00:13:19.890 Valerie Heffron: crafting or writing a book or starting a restaurant or look at rob our last guest who you know, decided to open up a raw food.

00:13:20.460 --> 00:13:32.910 Valerie Heffron: place store for for animals and he's blowing up right, why not us, why not you why not me I now have this on an index card in front of me, and I look at it every single day because i'm like.

00:13:33.150 --> 00:13:33.720 Tommy D: Why not you.

00:13:34.560 --> 00:13:35.640 Tommy D: Why not you bow.

00:13:35.730 --> 00:13:46.920 Tommy D: that's a great question because a lot of us put all this extra crap in a way, why we can how about why you can and why you should shout out to Marianne Williamson, one more time because it's a little paragraph closes with this bow.

00:13:48.090 --> 00:13:54.240 Tommy D: When this will just happen everybody, as we are liberated from our own fear our presence.

00:13:54.570 --> 00:14:03.330 Tommy D: automatically liberates others therefore it's our role to connect and do this stuff it's our job because it empowers other people to lean in.

00:14:03.510 --> 00:14:09.120 Tommy D: And do their job we're going to do something right now that we do every week and then we're going to do at the same time, do something we've never done before.

00:14:09.480 --> 00:14:16.950 Tommy D: we're gonna take a quick break, as we do every week but we'd never shared our website, as we go to a break, so I decided that's what we're gonna do right now.

00:14:17.160 --> 00:14:17.340 Where.

00:14:18.780 --> 00:14:24.210 Tommy D: that's Tommy know that that's Tommy important to me and that's about we'll take a quick break we'll be right back.

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00:16:37.890 --> 00:16:46.680 Tommy D: And we are back we're back I have extra energy today I don't know why i'm so fired up shout out to dylan dylan yes, I know, David goggins.

00:16:46.980 --> 00:16:52.080 Tommy D: crazy person, but an incredible motivation that's our guide dylan, on the other side of the glass as they say.

00:16:52.380 --> 00:17:01.860 Tommy D: shout to me and, like the chat goes reminded me of garbage yeah well that's a hell of a compliment, I appreciate it if you ever see goggins on the Joe rogan show that's wild and then.

00:17:02.370 --> 00:17:09.720 Tommy D: Jesse itzler actually talks about a month or so I don't be so that dylan but where he lived where David goggins moved in with him and that's.

00:17:10.200 --> 00:17:15.840 Tommy D: that's a wild wild situation now i'm checking out our website that I was sharing it doesn't say.

00:17:16.440 --> 00:17:24.780 Tommy D: Join us on a mission to try to change the world it doesn't say that you know what it says it says join us on our mission to change the world.

00:17:25.320 --> 00:17:34.860 Tommy D: is trying on since it out shout out to my friend, Joe you know who you are, thank you for that inspiration yesterday in our chat appreciate you what's up half RON, what are we doing let's get into it.

00:17:35.190 --> 00:17:46.830 Valerie Heffron: Alright, so I want to really dedicate this next 15 minutes or segment to the honorees you did ask me a question, though, and I feel compelled to answer it because I know there's other people out there.

00:17:47.280 --> 00:17:57.960 Valerie Heffron: Similar to you and I, who you know we don't know what we don't know right so five or six years ago, roughly I went to protest I caught my attention.

00:17:58.380 --> 00:18:19.200 Valerie Heffron: Very simple it was for the animals and silly naive ignorant me at that time, I thought I was going to go to one protest pull up a sign and leave and then I will be done, but I did meet someone at that protest, who really kind of took me under her wing and said look.

00:18:20.220 --> 00:18:30.540 Valerie Heffron: You don't understand the power of your own voice and animal welfare is 100% political, and that is totally true if you think of anything out there.

00:18:31.200 --> 00:18:38.100 Valerie Heffron: There are laws about you know not leaving your your dog in a car, if you go into a store and it's 100 degrees outside or whatever.

00:18:38.340 --> 00:18:45.540 Valerie Heffron: there's temperature laws there's tethering was there's animal of useless it's all political those laws have to be passed by our legislators.

00:18:45.720 --> 00:18:55.230 Valerie Heffron: And what she said to me that day resonated she goes you brought 10 people to this protest that's like unheard of, she she was like you have to get involved.

00:18:55.470 --> 00:19:13.230 Valerie Heffron: And as soon as I understood that there's a connection that I could help with like, once you make the connection that your voice is powerful, then all of a sudden, you feel responsible you're like oh my God I didn't even know that like I should be paying attention to these issues right.

00:19:13.830 --> 00:19:14.730 Valerie Heffron: So anyway.

00:19:15.120 --> 00:19:20.760 Tommy D: But let me ask you how did that affect because we're connected like we can show up at an event with 10 people I sort of what we do right.

00:19:20.880 --> 00:19:21.450 Tommy D: Like yeah.

00:19:22.350 --> 00:19:28.950 Tommy D: But how did that did that inspire you to empower you did it make you feel responsible like.

00:19:29.070 --> 00:19:30.000 Valerie Heffron: yeah dude.

00:19:30.180 --> 00:19:31.770 Tommy D: or another one, I would have said, if we.

00:19:31.770 --> 00:19:37.230 Tommy D: weren't recording but oh shoot like maybe actually my calling like did you feel that.

00:19:37.890 --> 00:19:54.060 Valerie Heffron: At that point in time, I just felt more I felt curious and I felt beholden to the issue, because I am an animal lover and I was like I should be doing more you're right, and so, once someone starts to make that connection.

00:19:54.660 --> 00:20:07.680 Valerie Heffron: And then they start getting the information that empowers them it's like they take off and and you see all of these amazing things happening people start different charities or organizations.

00:20:08.010 --> 00:20:09.810 Valerie Heffron: People start petitions.

00:20:09.930 --> 00:20:24.060 Valerie Heffron: They start advocating and that's what we really want to do we want to like you always say we're here to learn, I learned every single week that i'm on the show we're here to educate others and we're here to advocate for the voiceless because they can't do it.

00:20:25.500 --> 00:20:35.310 Valerie Heffron: They have no choice you know, and I have a great T shirt it says uh you know we would save ourselves if we could the animals so.

00:20:35.700 --> 00:20:38.820 Tommy D: Anyway, quote and it says, like the animals like on the bottom.

00:20:38.880 --> 00:20:39.900 Valerie Heffron: Like yeah yeah.

00:20:39.930 --> 00:20:42.630 Valerie Heffron: Like they said oh yeah those are their words right.

00:20:43.560 --> 00:20:45.390 Tommy D: Businesses sending T shirts to my house.

00:20:45.690 --> 00:20:51.990 Tommy D: I would like i'm putting in order I like that one so so you you.

00:20:53.490 --> 00:21:01.890 Tommy D: It took you though right, I mean because I learned like some people listening in and we I promise we're gonna have time to get into all this stuff you want to get into today, but I I know.

00:21:02.460 --> 00:21:07.650 Tommy D: because sometimes we're on a phone call and you're like you don't even understand what happened today there was this.

00:21:08.010 --> 00:21:16.110 Tommy D: fill in the blanks cat stuck this person this person this cat was or this person was trying to save this animal over here and.

00:21:16.410 --> 00:21:27.390 Tommy D: I got involved and I, and this is Valerie i'm doing quotes valid or no and I got them all and I may just call in like honestly sometimes you're pissed off for greatness, as I like to say, but you're pissed off because.

00:21:27.840 --> 00:21:38.310 Tommy D: Either you hit something to head on and you couldn't get it fixed or whatever you're you're still in the mix, I mean this is a lifestyle thing for you and for a lot of the people we know hang around with and certainly you've been around for a while.

00:21:38.850 --> 00:21:41.190 Tommy D: This is part of your it's your thing right.

00:21:42.030 --> 00:21:55.950 Valerie Heffron: Well, yes, because you know you realize there's a lot of injustices there's a lot of things that just won't make sense, so, for example, the protest that I went to it didn't end favorably for the animals we ended up protesting three times.

00:21:56.280 --> 00:22:14.010 Valerie Heffron: In front of the same place and it once once you have your eyes open to how unfair things are that are in the hands of elected officials and it's a simple quick easy fix like they can do it with a phone call you start to get pissed.

00:22:14.220 --> 00:22:26.010 Tommy D: ignited crazy right like just like I know there's one story I don't know if we've been talking about a lot of Shaw i'll ask you about it, maybe we get into this, but like there's just some things like like literally could just be like a phone call or which.

00:22:26.160 --> 00:22:29.310 Tommy D: Like thing can be resolved, but just for some reason it's not.

00:22:29.700 --> 00:22:37.740 Valerie Heffron: it's political reasons, so let me just paint the picture i'll do a quickly, there was a gentleman who used to work for the town of Hempstead.

00:22:38.340 --> 00:22:42.660 Valerie Heffron: And he worked at the landfill for like 15 or 17 years I don't remember the exact number.

00:22:43.350 --> 00:22:55.140 Valerie Heffron: There was a colony of cats that he took care of he got them spayed and neutered he fed them every single day you give them fresh water he named them he had names for every single one of them there was like 38.

00:22:55.140 --> 00:22:56.790 Valerie Heffron: cats 39.

00:22:57.180 --> 00:23:07.560 Valerie Heffron: Names he remembers i'm I don't remember I know one was cali but anyway, so the bottom line is that he had a falling out with the at the time, elected official.

00:23:07.980 --> 00:23:18.900 Valerie Heffron: And then, a few months after that he retired, but he continued to go to the ocean side New York landfill every single day for six months to feed the animals.

00:23:19.170 --> 00:23:33.360 Valerie Heffron: That he cares about and, by the way, that was open to the public that was a place where people would go to get like a recycle bin or like a composter this was a place, you could drive into pick up whatever so.

00:23:34.110 --> 00:23:49.110 Valerie Heffron: Then one day in the summer, like the heat, you know the dead hot summer they told you, they met him at the gate and they said you don't want girl out to come on to this property to feed the cats, if you try to come on here we're gonna have you arrested.

00:23:50.160 --> 00:24:00.690 Valerie Heffron: So now, this thing kind of went viral he he did a video he wasn't even on Facebook, he had no idea about technology and stuff like that, but somebody else who knew that his plate.

00:24:01.260 --> 00:24:16.110 Valerie Heffron: stuff in front of the camera the video went viral the press covered it and we started protesting, the goal was let the guy back onto the property and let him take care of his cat who cares he's going into his own wallet it's not costing anyone any money.

00:24:16.140 --> 00:24:20.010 Tommy D: This was just out of spite like just just they just didn't want them to do it, just to be jerks.

00:24:20.580 --> 00:24:30.690 Valerie Heffron: In my opinion, yes, now I started with one protest like I said we didn't get our way, so now, I went to my first town board meeting and.

00:24:30.870 --> 00:24:43.080 Valerie Heffron: And between the first protests and the second protest, the town put up signs they made it close to the public, they said no trespassing you'll be arrested, this is the place, I ended up kayaking.

00:24:43.290 --> 00:24:44.340 Tommy D: I remember like you know.

00:24:45.090 --> 00:24:47.880 Tommy D: yeah our first guest Tina trapster right.

00:24:47.970 --> 00:24:59.490 Valerie Heffron: Yes, and and because it was cool and I couldn't I couldn't bear the thought of these animals in July going without fresh water and and food, so I.

00:25:00.300 --> 00:25:08.280 Valerie Heffron: Did watch well I looked for that I was looking for them, I was looking also because the town claim that they would be well taken care of.

00:25:08.670 --> 00:25:21.390 Valerie Heffron: I searched the area for food bulls water balls I didn't find anything I went back again Barry and I just skied over and I jumped off the JET ski and went on to the property i'm crazy.

00:25:22.800 --> 00:25:23.700 Tommy D: All kidding aside.

00:25:24.000 --> 00:25:24.360 Tommy D: I don't.

00:25:24.600 --> 00:25:39.450 Tommy D: And I know when you say you're crazy like you can meet it because you're passionate but um but all kidding aside, I mean what was like this is early on, you just started getting how like how long were you involved with this before the kayak and the JET ski thing.

00:25:39.840 --> 00:25:41.010 Valerie Heffron: I like two weeks.

00:25:41.070 --> 00:25:41.820 Tommy D: Two weeks.

00:25:42.090 --> 00:25:48.150 Tommy D: yeah weeks and you're already like like you know, like doing like a you know going out there kayaking.

00:25:49.980 --> 00:25:52.020 Tommy D: Now we're six years into this this jury.

00:25:53.430 --> 00:26:05.850 Valerie Heffron: yeah but the other frustrating part was that the town trying to say, the reason that they closed they know what it was no longer a public area is that it wasn't safe so.

00:26:06.270 --> 00:26:08.640 Tommy D: That is something that they could say that that will.

00:26:08.640 --> 00:26:09.120 Valerie Heffron: that's what.

00:26:09.360 --> 00:26:15.570 Tommy D: We teach in your own interests which have RON that we don't want you getting over here it's not safe for you, we want, we don't want you to get hurt.

00:26:15.960 --> 00:26:25.050 Valerie Heffron: Right so, then I started getting annoyed and I went back to another meeting and I said, like into the microphone I said what happened that suddenly.

00:26:25.440 --> 00:26:40.590 Valerie Heffron: And pretty much overnight this property is now unsafe a property that has been open to the public for decades and I got a little sarcastic I remember, I said, are there lions now or their tigers is the boogeyman there is there a cartel like I was like I was.

00:26:40.980 --> 00:26:42.990 Tommy D: They they liked your sarcasm probably not right.

00:26:43.770 --> 00:26:47.250 Valerie Heffron: I, I know that the people on the side of the animals loved it.

00:26:49.890 --> 00:27:02.760 Valerie Heffron: But I mean i'm saying this to like at the time I was the town attorney and I was just like this is ridiculous we're just trying to make sure that these cats don't starve to death, you know and okay so fast forward.

00:27:04.260 --> 00:27:12.900 Valerie Heffron: I got sucked in I really did, and because, again, one phone call and the gates grubin opened and the guy could have fed is cats and it would have been over.

00:27:13.260 --> 00:27:26.040 Valerie Heffron: Over you know, but then one thing leads to another you hear about other injustices you meet the people who I call pet avengers the people who don't give up the people who.

00:27:26.550 --> 00:27:38.730 Valerie Heffron: You know, fight against the wrong issues like you know the wrongful unionization of of friendly dog, you know, an adoptable animals and they fight against you know.

00:27:39.240 --> 00:27:51.270 Valerie Heffron: laws that are just you know ludicrous their ludicrous so The bottom line is, if you love animals like like I do, and you haven't been made aware.

00:27:51.720 --> 00:28:02.070 Valerie Heffron: or you're not up to speed on laws and ordinances and which legislature, which legislators are in favor of of improving the world for the animals.

00:28:02.520 --> 00:28:07.860 Valerie Heffron: This is where we need you, they need you, you know they need you to learn about the stuff.

00:28:08.130 --> 00:28:17.550 Valerie Heffron: And then, to use your voice, because it absolutely can make a difference and I know we have to go to break but Tommy to be so i'm just going to remind you of the difference that you just help to make.

00:28:18.090 --> 00:28:33.600 Valerie Heffron: Because you were unaware of this stuff and then, as you learned you became aware of you know, the anti puppy mill legislation that was proposed and you worked hard and you did great things to help move that bill to be passed.

00:28:34.080 --> 00:28:44.460 Valerie Heffron: So it can happen, you know we just have to really all spread the message give people the education and then let them advocate.

00:28:44.940 --> 00:28:49.560 Tommy D: I love it I say really cool words sometimes gang but i'm just going to break this down for you.

00:28:49.980 --> 00:28:59.520 Tommy D: How big can we play if we could just get out of our own freaking way, and then you put like quotes around and you say Tommy day that's what how big, could you get.

00:29:00.210 --> 00:29:04.740 Tommy D: If you got out of your own frickin head that's what i'm working towards so Valerie and I work in terms.

00:29:05.010 --> 00:29:16.500 Tommy D: we're changing the freaking world, just like you can we're all connected that sounds like it'll be your telephone commercial we're all connected no, but we are and our possibilities for each other and for each other doesn't mean.

00:29:16.920 --> 00:29:27.150 Tommy D: Just the humans it's the other species that as Valerie says are voiceless and cannot stand up and protect themselves so now, when we come back, I want you to tell us what was the inspiration.

00:29:27.480 --> 00:29:37.170 Tommy D: For the awards program that we're having and then let's talk about those for our honorees we will be right back his pals the professionals and animal lovers show we'll see in a minute.

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00:31:40.440 --> 00:31:43.500 Tommy D: This is pals professionals and download the show and we're back it's funny about.

00:31:43.530 --> 00:31:47.310 Tommy D: Like I watch Facebook on the Left monitor I watch us on this, monitor and then I play.

00:31:47.370 --> 00:31:48.450 Tommy D: Like other things and i'm going to.

00:31:48.450 --> 00:31:49.320 Read off of on the.

00:31:49.470 --> 00:31:50.820 Tommy D: monitor on my right hand side.

00:31:51.540 --> 00:31:56.520 Tommy D: And when you turn off your video it's only like giant face Tommy d like as.

00:31:57.570 --> 00:32:09.060 Tommy D: He until until you turn your video on again, so I want to see if I could post something and i'm going to try to work on behind the scenes, because we just this is totally we do the real right he is the real show.

00:32:11.100 --> 00:32:18.540 Tommy D: host you know what i'm looking for, I want you to talk about the compassion towards I want you to talk about our honorees but i'm I want to find that.

00:32:18.990 --> 00:32:27.960 Tommy D: I might have to grab it from somewhere like that flyer we put up with the honorees on it, but i'm going to look for a while you start getting into it pull it off on my own all that you know.

00:32:28.440 --> 00:32:41.010 Valerie Heffron: yeah so um look, you asked me about the inspiration for the compassionate words and you know i've said this before, especially the battery but, like, I feel like.

00:32:41.520 --> 00:32:50.940 Valerie Heffron: For the first time i'm really experiencing one of those moments in life it's more than a moment now it's almost a year but, like we are everything is just coming together.

00:32:51.570 --> 00:33:03.330 Valerie Heffron: And it makes so much sense so 11 years I ran a business networking organization Tommy noses he was one of my customers, we became friends and.

00:33:03.990 --> 00:33:13.950 Valerie Heffron: Networking is just in my nature, I love connecting people I love I love getting calls that it has translated to business I love seeing relationships develop.

00:33:15.750 --> 00:33:20.250 Valerie Heffron: And, of course, obviously I have a real affinity for the animals.

00:33:20.640 --> 00:33:38.490 Valerie Heffron: So now, this show what it became about because you just meet the most incredible people when you're doing things like standing out a protest or when you are going to a municipal meeting you meet other animal lovers, and they all have the same thing in common.

00:33:38.970 --> 00:33:58.530 Valerie Heffron: So the message is why don't we take it to the next level and support each other in all of our ventures so whether it's you're in a rescue and we can support you, by sharing your fundraiser or volunteering or whether you own a pizzeria like our our first guest vino de Maria.

00:33:59.850 --> 00:34:01.410 Tommy D: pickle pizza you don't know why.

00:34:02.160 --> 00:34:11.610 Tommy D: I was delivered to my house in January six Reno was on the show September 1 January 6 it was delivered to my house that pizza is top notch but.

00:34:11.640 --> 00:34:18.390 Valerie Heffron: But I feel very strongly that if we all knew like what businesses and.

00:34:19.830 --> 00:34:35.340 Valerie Heffron: Efforts that animal lovers, have we as i'm a lovers would want to support them same concept of supporting someone who's running for office is a big animal lover and has a vision for how they're going to improve lives, so if we're going to support these people.

00:34:35.910 --> 00:34:51.690 Valerie Heffron: Why not support you know, a lawyer who loves loves animals and it's up to speed on how pet was can affect your divorce shout out to shayla Ramos of her Indian whistle men and meridian you know if I just spoke to you about today.

00:34:53.160 --> 00:35:09.270 Valerie Heffron: Oh, my God, he is actually the owner of a few funerals and get this he has a therapy dog so when people are coming in to like plan, the details of the way and the services, and you know getting the cards printed, you know.

00:35:10.020 --> 00:35:14.400 Valerie Heffron: there's a therapy dog available if you want the dog there, and you can pet it.

00:35:15.090 --> 00:35:22.440 Valerie Heffron: The story that he told me brought me to tears I literally was crying at like 10 o'clock this morning because I think it's such a wonderful.

00:35:22.770 --> 00:35:33.570 Valerie Heffron: thing to offer, because nobody, nothing will love you back unconditionally like a dog or an animal okay So yes, let's put it this way.

00:35:34.050 --> 00:35:42.780 Valerie Heffron: Had it had my choice spin around when my father had passed, I would have loved to go to a funeral parlor who had a therapy dog.

00:35:43.260 --> 00:35:50.970 Valerie Heffron: Because my father was a big animal lover that's where this all really started and and you know what I would find comfort in that.

00:35:51.480 --> 00:35:59.250 Valerie Heffron: So these are people that like I really believe if other animal lovers knew about they would want to support in business as well.

00:35:59.490 --> 00:36:04.530 Valerie Heffron: So this is what we're doing we're shining a light on compassionate people, I think the world needs more compassion.

00:36:04.770 --> 00:36:14.010 Valerie Heffron: I don't think it's a it's a choice, like some people say I don't have time to worry about animals or why should I care about animals has enough problems in the world with children, or you know people in general.

00:36:14.370 --> 00:36:32.370 Valerie Heffron: it's not a one or the other thing, and in fact I feel is very related because if you look at crime stats you know a lot of violent criminals, they started off by abusing animals, so this is a problem, and that is connected and we have to make the world a better place so anyway okay.

00:36:32.790 --> 00:36:33.900 Tommy D: i'm gonna share my screen.

00:36:33.990 --> 00:36:34.800 Tommy D: While you're talking.

00:36:35.070 --> 00:36:37.080 Tommy D: Why don't you talk about these three individuals.

00:36:37.290 --> 00:36:38.160 Valerie Heffron: as well, yes.

00:36:39.240 --> 00:36:40.740 Tommy D: How you got to know them how.

00:36:41.220 --> 00:36:43.920 Valerie Heffron: You let's flip flop, you can take the first one.

00:36:44.820 --> 00:36:46.890 Tommy D: Well, I mean the first one is renee who.

00:36:47.490 --> 00:36:48.210 Valerie Heffron: is on the left, I.

00:36:49.110 --> 00:36:55.860 Tommy D: don't I don't you know rename it on the show but i'm, then what I know about renee renee craft is that when.

00:36:56.970 --> 00:37:00.720 Tommy D: When Betty white passed away at what how old was she.

00:37:00.780 --> 00:37:02.880 Valerie Heffron: Like 100 or almost almost 100.

00:37:02.910 --> 00:37:04.290 Valerie Heffron: yeah you know of.

00:37:04.350 --> 00:37:17.640 Tommy D: Mike francesa increase Russo on the fan, used to say hey you know they got guy so i'd signed for that I signed for that, like we so you know use this like Barbara I like I would I would sign for 100 right now standing here at 44 in the attic I signed for 100 like.

00:37:18.990 --> 00:37:33.180 Tommy D: or 99 in a few days short about it, but you know renee made this declaration that when Betty white past she was going to go out and T and our hundred cats in tribute and but she did herself, as I read what we're sharing.

00:37:34.050 --> 00:37:41.700 Tommy D: on Facebook, she did 150 Shi T and our 250 cast tiago break down the acronym for them again, please, because I want to show you the.

00:37:42.270 --> 00:37:42.990 Valerie Heffron: New to really.

00:37:43.560 --> 00:37:54.690 Tommy D: need to release i've said trap neuter return i've said trap new to replace you get like forget that I know we're supposed to bring them back to the same spot we got them so it's trap neuter release right.

00:37:55.260 --> 00:37:56.850 Valerie Heffron: Return but it's.

00:37:58.020 --> 00:38:00.480 Valerie Heffron: it's fine don't worry about it, you know release.

00:38:02.160 --> 00:38:02.340 Valerie Heffron: It.

00:38:02.430 --> 00:38:05.280 Tommy D: i'll do make me sneeze so I can't keep the cat around too long.

00:38:05.340 --> 00:38:07.470 Tommy D: Right and the and.

00:38:07.560 --> 00:38:09.360 Valerie Heffron: But the other thing about renee.

00:38:09.360 --> 00:38:21.000 Valerie Heffron: And there was not mentioned in this flyer but i'm in addition to doing that she she does hundreds 18 hours hundreds of cats and kittens every single year, she goes into her wallet for a lot of it.

00:38:21.390 --> 00:38:29.460 Valerie Heffron: And she at any given time we'll have like 10 or 20 kittens in her garage that she helps to get adopted.

00:38:29.670 --> 00:38:39.870 Tommy D: And it's not it's not easy to just go back, first of all kudos on the kitten piece, too, but it's not easy to get the teen are done we're driving learning, you know because it's not you know.

00:38:40.380 --> 00:38:41.610 Valerie Heffron: No it's not it's.

00:38:42.390 --> 00:38:51.660 Tommy D: The availability and then you know you show up with 10 cats and things like that and that's a whole nother thing we got to talk to the county of but the town of town of Hempstead is right, where we've.

00:38:52.110 --> 00:38:56.220 Valerie Heffron: scheduling and it's you know there's a lot of limitations, but but.

00:38:56.280 --> 00:39:05.250 Tommy D: We are many is a big deal it's not a joke a hundreds of big number to begin with, but it's not like hey, let me just roll up to the bed and it's easy peasy it's not.

00:39:05.280 --> 00:39:05.730 Tommy D: Right.

00:39:06.510 --> 00:39:10.620 Valerie Heffron: And the only takes a lot of planning and the other thing about renee I don't think it's on the.

00:39:10.620 --> 00:39:14.670 Valerie Heffron: flyer but how I actually connected with her was.

00:39:15.690 --> 00:39:34.920 Valerie Heffron: We were in a big arduous battle with the town of Hempstead to have them reopen the tea in our program that they closed for Darren coven now we understood why they closed it obviously everything was closed, but when things were reopening and you had all these politicians that were.

00:39:36.120 --> 00:39:45.600 Valerie Heffron: Having press conferences, they were calling on the governor to reopen gyms they were calling on the governor and reopen and restaurants and things were opening.

00:39:45.930 --> 00:39:59.070 Valerie Heffron: But not the tea in our program which everyone really so desperately need needed so renee is also an animal advocate, and I have the utmost respect for hmm i'm.

00:39:59.820 --> 00:40:09.630 Tommy D: Dan Dan we have another let's skip over john john last because i've had a lot of fun like when john you can see, this on the monitor right valley want to make sure i'm.

00:40:09.630 --> 00:40:10.560 Tommy D: Sharing the screen.

00:40:10.620 --> 00:40:14.190 Tommy D: As I look at my monitors i'm seeing something different, we all right so i'm going to skip over.

00:40:14.550 --> 00:40:32.820 Tommy D: job because we started talking about pickle pizza and you know our first ever on this bad ass I said a bad word this bad as show called pals the first ever name of an episode episode one was called puppy mill thongs it was like wow that's a really bad ass name for this show.

00:40:33.150 --> 00:40:33.600 Valerie Heffron: But it was.

00:40:33.810 --> 00:40:44.190 Tommy D: tuition were our friend Reno and he was it he came across some guys who were delivering puppy mill puppies to a pet store and he confronted these guys which.

00:40:44.520 --> 00:40:59.520 Tommy D: First of all, get out of your comfort zone, you know it's bunch of Dudes with a truck and he confronts them and ask them what they're doing, and you know, a a melee and sue's you know, there was some chef shenanigans going on, and he was injured and um.

00:41:01.140 --> 00:41:11.040 Tommy D: He got beat up he put himself out there, he put himself out there, and he took a chance, on behalf of, as we say, the voiceless so so that was like alright so first time we do the show.

00:41:11.340 --> 00:41:24.690 Tommy D: I want to have Reno on joanne's gourmet pizza Rosalind New York again pickle pizza check it out call me i'll buy you a slice I think you have to buy a whole pile they sell by the slice we'll talk about that, but you know, we had Val and I had this idea and we said well.

00:41:25.830 --> 00:41:29.370 Tommy D: When Reno comes on the show, and this is like when we still making up with the show was.

00:41:29.880 --> 00:41:40.710 Tommy D: was like we said, well, we should have him bring on somebody else, maybe who runs a rescue or somehow involved with with the work, aside from you know, so we have the business person, and we have the the.

00:41:42.270 --> 00:41:43.710 Tommy D: person is.

00:41:45.150 --> 00:41:51.660 Tommy D: The person doing the work in the space as well, so that's how we met Regina and then like subsequently I want you to tell about Regina.

00:41:52.050 --> 00:42:01.830 Tommy D: camp happy tales nyc but I went out there with my son, yes, the same son, who got the T shirt today, but I went out there and we did a day of service, we did 8am and 960 days of service out there.

00:42:02.250 --> 00:42:09.540 Tommy D: In Queens and I met this dog at marlo who does not have the use of his hind legs and there's this really cool picture, which I think you've seen out.

00:42:09.960 --> 00:42:19.200 Tommy D: With fortunately my son had my phone at the time, and I was walking a mile down the street, like in like I don't know sometime last year, maybe it was like toby maybe.

00:42:19.560 --> 00:42:20.640 Valerie Heffron: Probably October.

00:42:20.850 --> 00:42:32.610 Valerie Heffron: October November gina Regina also deserves the book there's a lot of rescues you know and it's very hard, the hardest thing for me about these honorees was choosing just three.

00:42:34.290 --> 00:42:41.880 Valerie Heffron: But Regina has the highest standards of care and i'm a big believer and if you're going to adopt an animal.

00:42:42.090 --> 00:42:53.580 Valerie Heffron: adopted from a place that is doing the right things for the animal, for several reasons, like you know you want to bring an animal into your home who's been treated well, it reduces behavior.

00:42:54.390 --> 00:43:00.660 Valerie Heffron: Problems you know you can feel good about where your money the adoption fee is going to support.

00:43:01.200 --> 00:43:17.010 Valerie Heffron: More efforts that are doing great things for the animals and so she runs a very tight ship, we all know, this she gets these animals exercise and socialized every single day multiple times they go out four times a day for several hours they have they have.

00:43:17.100 --> 00:43:23.460 Valerie Heffron: quality food that's provided to them not just like the cheap stuff on sale, they have essential oils.

00:43:23.790 --> 00:43:24.120 Tommy D: Oh yeah.

00:43:24.420 --> 00:43:28.890 Valerie Heffron: eddie Milo the dog with the wheels he gets up with therapy once a week.

00:43:30.060 --> 00:43:30.690 Valerie Heffron: It is.

00:43:30.810 --> 00:43:36.240 Tommy D: Unbelievable out there, you know we haven't been there you just I think know this from stories and whatnot but.

00:43:37.200 --> 00:43:38.790 Valerie Heffron: Also, from her but but.

00:43:38.850 --> 00:43:53.400 Valerie Heffron: The other thing I would say, is to recognize the difference of another like some rescues they have kennels um and you know it's a physical location that staff go and show up and they volunteer their.

00:43:54.390 --> 00:44:00.420 Tommy D: House which is this woman's house and we do have to go to break in a second we'll talk about john Zealand or two or 3333.

00:44:00.420 --> 00:44:01.890 Tommy D: yeah when we come back.

00:44:02.250 --> 00:44:10.500 Tommy D: I mean they're talking about running a tight ship and I shout out to regale because i've said this so many times in the show, and I mean this with all the love.

00:44:10.980 --> 00:44:21.360 Tommy D: You run a tight ship your militant and that's awesome because it's all in the interest of the animals, and we had a conversation where we were considering adopting one of these dogs for a genius place.

00:44:21.420 --> 00:44:28.830 Tommy D: And we went through that because there's some stuff your family was it wasn't really the right time and it hasn't been right time for us to get a dog yet.

00:44:29.160 --> 00:44:34.290 Tommy D: But, and I said, yet bell um However, it was going through that process and.

00:44:34.740 --> 00:44:38.430 Tommy D: Take me a bloods going facetime walk me around your House.

00:44:38.700 --> 00:44:47.040 Tommy D: guys talking to my wife and I I don't know if that fence is high enough, you might want to consider getting a higher fence in that section of the yard and what show me the upstairs show me the downstairs.

00:44:47.310 --> 00:44:52.470 Tommy D: Show me the attic where while dogs never come in in the attic June, but show me yeah and that kind of stuff and it was like.

00:44:56.880 --> 00:45:10.890 Tommy D: It was that level of detail and concern that she had for the APP I mean it was not, it was a before way before we got to that face time with facetime right that facetime or zoom thing when I was walking around the House, it was.

00:45:12.000 --> 00:45:25.350 Tommy D: It was a whole application and we have to fill out, I was no joke, and that is again out of her house in the basement of the House it's I get I wish we took like a break my son and I and she's like guys like what are you doing and i'm volunteering now.

00:45:25.590 --> 00:45:26.310 Tommy D: she's got.

00:45:26.430 --> 00:45:27.240 Tommy D: A get a broom.

00:45:27.270 --> 00:45:30.120 Valerie Heffron: And like clean I love it I love it okay.

00:45:30.180 --> 00:45:30.660 Tommy D: Very cool.

00:45:30.900 --> 00:45:40.020 Tommy D: You got it, we do have to go to a break Johnny Leonardo is our third on we will talk about only come back, I want you to talk about that I love this i'm like interviewing you and, like setting you.

00:45:40.710 --> 00:45:45.660 Tommy D: Talking about this so cute so like when we talk about it, talking about Johnson who you in jungle way back.

00:45:45.870 --> 00:45:46.620 Valerie Heffron: That I sponsor.

00:45:47.310 --> 00:45:53.040 Tommy D: And that's what I was gonna say, and then I want you to talk about our sponsors and let people know that there are still sponsorships available for the.

00:45:54.570 --> 00:45:56.340 Tommy D: i'm out of breath, this is Palace we'll be right back.

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00:47:54.900 --> 00:48:04.980 Tommy D: I move around a lot and I don't mean like physically like I leave like I left my house and I moved into an apartment like i'm watching myself on the on the screen bound and i'm constantly in motion.

00:48:05.340 --> 00:48:14.790 Tommy D: i'm like swaying back and forth and i'm still watching me now stand, next to you Valerie I feel like you're one of our guests come off mute now trying to conversation, please how that happened right.

00:48:14.910 --> 00:48:17.370 Tommy D: That oh my God oh so.

00:48:19.050 --> 00:48:29.400 Tommy D: tell it tell let's talk about john do an auto i'll share that screen again how'd you meet john and then let's roll that into kind of gratitude for our sponsors and then what else is out there for sponsors.

00:48:29.400 --> 00:48:44.250 Valerie Heffron: Yes, so john de Leonardo, has become a great friend he's one of the greatest friends to the animals and I met him originally at a protest against there was in oceanside New York and again.

00:48:45.570 --> 00:48:46.560 Valerie Heffron: There were.

00:48:47.730 --> 00:48:56.550 Valerie Heffron: There was a fundraiser that was having a circus the Koch brothers circus come in and john is very well versed first of all he's like an anthropologist.

00:48:57.390 --> 00:49:04.290 Valerie Heffron: he's very familiar with the practices, the incubating practices that circuses have deployed for forever.

00:49:05.160 --> 00:49:19.860 Valerie Heffron: How to train these animals to do these tricks, I mean if you think about it tigers are not really supposed to be played with and performing animals elephants are not supposed to do handstands like this is not stuff that comes naturally to them.

00:49:20.130 --> 00:49:25.110 Valerie Heffron: This is stuff that they get tortured to learn anyway, we were successful.

00:49:26.310 --> 00:49:37.560 Valerie Heffron: on multiple levels that year they they stopped using the surfaces i've seen him get involved on so many different issues, you know, there was an inhumane contractor.

00:49:38.310 --> 00:49:55.560 Valerie Heffron: That was doing instead of for geese control, instead of humanely like rubbing the answer, whatever with some oil, so that they wouldn't continue Hashem Hashem hatch um this there was a woman that was allegedly seen.

00:49:56.310 --> 00:50:01.290 Valerie Heffron: You know, trying to drown ducklings and these things, or whatever the right term is but he's.

00:50:01.290 --> 00:50:02.910 Valerie Heffron: So boots on the ground.

00:50:03.270 --> 00:50:08.400 Tommy D: where's this where's that evil come from I don't I don't like where do you like.

00:50:08.520 --> 00:50:10.800 Valerie Heffron: Not that I can't answer i'm going to do that.

00:50:10.980 --> 00:50:18.840 Tommy D: i'm going to go, I mean i'm telling you something about because of what we do here together, I went fishing last week, and let me just try and move my words around.

00:50:19.410 --> 00:50:30.150 Tommy D: I went fishing last week and because of what we do here together, I felt like part of me felt guilty like I felt like what am I doing and and.

00:50:31.140 --> 00:50:43.710 Tommy D: that's like a strange thing I feel I know i'm going to get myself in trouble, I feel, sometimes like I go I have been known to frequent not frequent that's twice a year, maybe.

00:50:44.340 --> 00:50:53.310 Tommy D: Go to the racetrack to see horses and I don't know if I feel good about that anymore, which means I don't feel good about that anymore so that's this show.

00:50:53.400 --> 00:51:10.320 Valerie Heffron: I used to love the racetrack I used to go to saratoga with Barry and we would go to the wishing well and eat a delicious meal and we would go to have stores and we would we would play some horses and I actually got lucky quite a few times that's tracks and it was.

00:51:11.430 --> 00:51:13.170 Tommy D: You want money on the horses.

00:51:13.380 --> 00:51:14.640 Valerie Heffron: Yes, oh sorry right.

00:51:14.700 --> 00:51:15.210 Tommy D: that's right.

00:51:16.050 --> 00:51:17.790 Valerie Heffron: And what i'm trying to.

00:51:18.060 --> 00:51:27.690 Valerie Heffron: Look we're all on our own paths, you know and journeys and what I love about john, and this is another reason he deserves to be recognized.

00:51:27.870 --> 00:51:40.230 Valerie Heffron: Is because he does not bash you over the head and try to make you see things his way he doesn't try to make you feel like a horrible person, if you don't do things his way he educated.

00:51:40.560 --> 00:51:50.670 Valerie Heffron: Educated he educates people he encourages people and he does it with the power of his knowledge and his compassion and this guy.

00:51:51.360 --> 00:51:58.350 Valerie Heffron: If anyone, you know I mean I don't want to say, we only choose one honoree it would be him, but what I am saying is that.

00:51:58.560 --> 00:52:16.200 Valerie Heffron: He was the first person to come to mind, because this is all he does you think i'm active, this is all he does every single day rescues wildlife advocates effectively gets legislation passed, and you know he gets things done so I really you know.

00:52:16.860 --> 00:52:25.860 Tommy D: i'm going to i'm going to share the organizations for Regina his organization and john's organizational on Facebook on the on the feed we're doing right now.

00:52:27.000 --> 00:52:29.550 Tommy D: Once we get some other folks in the mix right now that you want to talk.

00:52:29.880 --> 00:52:41.160 Valerie Heffron: So let's talk about our sponsors, because I can't even believe what time it is, but our first sponsor, we have to shout out the first person who was like I want to sponsor before we even knew what our sponsorship levels for.

00:52:42.240 --> 00:52:47.070 Valerie Heffron: carolyn carolyn Josias did I do that right, yes.

00:52:47.370 --> 00:52:48.420 Valerie Heffron: Kelly josephs.

00:52:48.480 --> 00:52:57.180 Valerie Heffron: Okay, and and she does seo cj designs isn't even for company she's a super compassionate person who loves the animals.

00:52:57.330 --> 00:53:09.540 Valerie Heffron: She knows what she's doing and I don't understand seo I don't want to understand seo if you have a business and a website and you need seo carolyn is a great person to reach out to i'm.

00:53:10.080 --> 00:53:18.060 Valerie Heffron: Second person oh my God homes by Mera Mera never read up so Mera, who is a very successful.

00:53:18.300 --> 00:53:28.710 Valerie Heffron: owner real estate brokerage company in syosset long island she's big with rescues she does like adoption drives and adoption events at her place of business, which is so smart and creative.

00:53:29.070 --> 00:53:43.140 Valerie Heffron: And she also has like one of her agents is one of my dearest friends Japanese work in another big animal lover and you know they're they're just really compassionate good people, so thank you man for sponsoring our champagne level sponsor.

00:53:44.670 --> 00:53:45.390 Valerie Heffron: Who that's.

00:53:45.870 --> 00:53:46.710 Tommy D: What is this event.

00:53:47.790 --> 00:53:59.640 Valerie Heffron: The event is October 11 and it's at the refuge in melville there will be vegan options galore we have gift bag giveaways we have great sponsors, we have.

00:54:00.420 --> 00:54:07.440 Valerie Heffron: Obviously roomful of pet parents and animal lovers, and if you really want to have a great network of people you just have to come because.

00:54:07.440 --> 00:54:08.460 Valerie Heffron: These people are amazing.

00:54:08.790 --> 00:54:09.090 Valerie Heffron: I got.

00:54:09.690 --> 00:54:11.490 Tommy D: Older I love to be there, I check my calendar.

00:54:11.730 --> 00:54:12.150 haha.

00:54:14.700 --> 00:54:16.320 Valerie Heffron: You want to do the next three.

00:54:16.590 --> 00:54:20.220 Tommy D: yeah i'd like i'd like you to do it because i'm moving around a lot of here.

00:54:21.150 --> 00:54:35.760 Valerie Heffron: Okay holy moly the time is flying um so Okay, we also have a personal injury law firm Oliveira and shorts our dear friend, Paul albury, who is a spectacular lawyer, but also just a really great person.

00:54:36.000 --> 00:54:47.130 Valerie Heffron: And we've been friends with them we've gone out to dinner with them, and they are legitimately animal lovers So if you, you know, God forbid, have a family member, anyone who gets into an automobile accident or a slip and fall.

00:54:47.430 --> 00:55:06.120 Valerie Heffron: You know, pull all of areas a great person to work with I referred him my own family members that's how much I trust him also we have another layer Donna fear le have done a few rally and associates so bad, this is where she's a lawyer and.

00:55:08.010 --> 00:55:08.730 Tommy D: She does lawyer, a.

00:55:08.790 --> 00:55:25.410 Valerie Heffron: lawyer and she is a prior guest she does bankruptcy law foreclosure Defense and also some real estate and she is a cannon I mean like a total firecracker and she also wants to get more involved with animal advocacy music to my ears.

00:55:26.820 --> 00:55:32.370 Valerie Heffron: We also have another law firm what firms love us affair.

00:55:34.050 --> 00:55:40.950 Valerie Heffron: With a woman in her odeon is sponsoring our fabulous event, they are matrimonial family law.

00:55:41.400 --> 00:55:55.740 Valerie Heffron: And one of their associates came on to our show, and she spoke to us about how the pet laws change recently in the State of New York regarding matrimonial, which is a good thing, because now they're no longer considered property in the eyes of.

00:55:56.340 --> 00:56:01.590 Valerie Heffron: You know, getting a divorce and family law so they're also sponsoring.

00:56:02.310 --> 00:56:09.090 Valerie Heffron: And I highly encourage and we have more sponsors coming in, but we haven't we're not ready to announce them just yet so probably next week.

00:56:09.510 --> 00:56:21.270 Valerie Heffron: But I also really, really, really want to encourage everybody to visit our sponsor tables and get to know those people because i'm telling you just like when i'm in New York and a couple of weeks.

00:56:21.570 --> 00:56:29.730 Valerie Heffron: i'm going straight to Joe and for me pizza and I am totally going to like throw it down with with Reno hopefully he's there I don't know.

00:56:30.270 --> 00:56:31.530 Valerie Heffron: Why, maybe there.

00:56:31.770 --> 00:56:39.540 Tommy D: I mean so it's funny I actually will not be on the island that day, but I am gonna but things are moving around and apparently.

00:56:39.960 --> 00:56:48.360 Tommy D: there's a baseball game, or to baseball games in the bronx that particularly read that you're referring to, and our team from Queens is playing in the bronx and.

00:56:48.900 --> 00:56:52.230 Tommy D: I don't know that might be tell me the sighting in the boogie down bronx.

00:56:52.590 --> 00:56:52.860 That.

00:56:54.330 --> 00:56:57.120 Tommy D: i'm threatening the bronx what a good time I am but I.

00:56:57.540 --> 00:57:08.880 Tommy D: mean the message beat the Yankees twice so For those of you who are listening right now shout out to make college, because if you're not listening now I know you listen later let's go mets baby that's what I gotta say cuz I know Mickey mantle is a big mess.

00:57:11.250 --> 00:57:12.690 Tommy D: You Jackie Chan i'm kidding with him.

00:57:13.050 --> 00:57:14.130 Valerie Heffron: Oh God is named after.

00:57:14.130 --> 00:57:15.060 Valerie Heffron: Tom Collins.

00:57:15.660 --> 00:57:17.730 Tommy D: Tom Collins what Would he be named.

00:57:20.070 --> 00:57:20.340 Tommy D: Oh.

00:57:21.510 --> 00:57:22.320 Valerie Heffron: it's a banjo.

00:57:22.560 --> 00:57:24.660 Tommy D: I don't get the job we're out of time, I have like six.

00:57:24.660 --> 00:57:25.170 Tommy D: More things.

00:57:25.260 --> 00:57:34.980 Tommy D: Today, and i'm confused now the show is called professionals and animal lovers show it's been an honor to interview you on the program today about fraud.

00:57:35.880 --> 00:57:44.250 Tommy D: We hope to have you back sometime maybe next week, even if you're available, let me get you back some guy Barry figured out how to do something he did it depended vendor thing on.

00:57:46.620 --> 00:57:51.990 Tommy D: He did like an emoji have I don't know how he did it will have to ask him later What was really an Internet genius.

00:57:52.440 --> 00:58:03.690 Tommy D: I gotta leave you with a couple of things I got some thank yous I want to shout out, but before I do that i'll say this, our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

00:58:04.200 --> 00:58:07.170 Tommy D: dot dot dot Thank you Marion Williams, for your inspiration.

00:58:07.440 --> 00:58:15.630 Tommy D: Thank you dylan Nelson for being here today, taking care of things behind the scenes, thank you for your inspiration you go, we inspired you you inspire us talk about guardians.

00:58:15.840 --> 00:58:21.630 Tommy D: makes me go to a whole nother planet in my brain all this planets in your brain that's right all right, I leave you with this.

00:58:23.280 --> 00:58:33.120 Tommy D: What the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way, it's animals are treated that's all right God they get a great day, everybody.

00:58:33.990 --> 00:58:34.770 Valerie Heffron: Gandhi.

00:58:35.130 --> 00:58:35.550 Tommy D: keep in touch.

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