Dr. Dan Meakin with a furry friend at All Creatures Animal Hospital. "Pass It On" is the album Meakin released earlier this year. Proceeds go to Friends of Noah, which finds families for homeless animals. (Photos courtey of D. Meakin)
AMELIA, Oh. - When he's not treating animals at one of his clinics, Dr. Dan Meakin is finding creative ways to raise money and awareness about animals that need homes.
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Who: Dr. Dan Meakin What he does: Supports the animal rescue Friends of Noah, Inc. Where he does it: Amelia, Oh.
Dr. Dan Meakin is a man who wears many hats, all of which are related to his love of animals. Meakin works for All Creatures Animal Hospital, a veterinary clinic with locations in Amelia, Anderson and Mt. Washington. He and his wife, Dr. Linda Meakin, also operate the nonprofit animal rescue Friends of Noah, Inc.
Dr. Dan Meakin also enjoys playing music. He puts his passion to use as a vocalist and guitarist with The Stray Dogs Band. The band performs rock n’ roll from the 1960s through 1980s at local venues including Woodies Tavern in Florence, Ky., The Green Kayak and Front Street Café in New Richmond, Ohio and the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky.
Any money Meakin makes from gigs goes toward finding families for homeless animals through Friends of Noah, Inc. He also released a solo album called “Pass It On” earlier this year. Proceeds from the album, which features songs like “Pit Bull Blues” and “Learning from My Hound,” go to Friends of Noah, Inc. as well.
“It’s not that much money, but it’s a way of being creative and doing one of my second loves, playing guitar. I do it just because I enjoy it,” Meakin said.
How you can make a difference
The best way to help animals in need is to contact a local rescue and volunteer, he said. What animal rescues need most are individuals who are willing and able to provide foster care and committed volunteers to help clean their rescue facilities.
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