By Claire Howe Hood River, a small town about an hour east of Portland, Oregon, is home to a very special place, a place where respect for the environment and compassion for animals, human and non-human alike, emanates both freely and purposefully. This place sits quietly on a glittering river,

When you were younger, what were your thoughts about animals? Were you convinced that your pet fish loved you? Or thought that certain animals like snakes and black cats were evil? As children and even as adults, we hold many assumptions about animals. Assumptions are beliefs we hold even though