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COMMUNITY LEADER PROFILE: KEL HATT

We asked our friend Kel Hatt to share his story about some of the amazing things that he does in our community. We are continuously moved by his experiences and efforts :
  • Where are you originally from? Gouglersville, PA…I’ve lived in Berks County all my life.
  • Where did you go to school? Governor Mifflin and then West Chester University/Alvernia College
  • What pet related organizations do you support in the area? Locally I support the Berks County Humane Society whenever possible and also No Nonsense Neutering. I’ve been a proud Vanguard Society member of PETA for many years and just became an ARC Angel for the Animal Rescue Corps in Washington DC.
  • Was would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? Six and a half years ago I decided to become a vegan (vegans do not consume or use ANY animal products of any kind). By doing this I spare at least 100 animals a year from needless pain and suffering.
  • At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? Probably at a very early age since my family always had a dog and we would take in any young or injured wild animal and care for them until they were ready to be released back into the wild. However, my animal rights activism has really blossomed since going vegan.
  • List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): Very early childhood – Garm (dog) childhood – two different Penny’s at different times (dogs) Lucky – my beloved main guy who was the family dog for years and then just him and I for years after our parent’s passed away, Lucky joined our parents this past May 17 currently – Lady and Chance (dogs), Stinker, Abby, and Minnie (cats), and Issac (bird)
  • What kind of food do you feed your pets? Science Diet, which I highly recommend.
  • What kind of music do you like? Classic R&R and New Age
  • What is your favorite restaurant? Dosie Dough, a little bakery/eatery type place in Wyomissing that makes me a special vegan wrap that is fantastic.
  • If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? My beautiful and loving posthumous wife Lori. We were engaged to be married, but three months before our traditional wedding day she was killed back in March 2011 while we were walking Chance. We had a posthumous wedding on what would have been our traditional wedding day in June 2011. Posthumous weddings are legally recognized in about three countries but unfortunately not in the U.S.
  • Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: I’m a certified dog trainer through the Animal Behavior College in CA. I enjoy helping dogs and their human companions to treat behavioral problems rather than teaching basic obedience cues. I go to the gym a few days a week and take Lady and Chance for daily walks. Also, even though I’m allergic to cats, I spend time each day with Stinker, Abby, and Minnie who were Lori’s children when we met.