Dr. Pia Salk is an animal advocate and spokesperson for Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website. As a contributing writer on Adopt-a-Pet.com and host of "The Save-a-Pet Show," Pia emphasizes that adopting not only saves lives, but is good parenting and promotes pro-social behavior in today's youth.
An expert on the human-animal bond, Dr. Salk's media interviews include regular appearances on The Martha Stewart Show. Also a regular contributor to Martha Stewart's blog, "The Daily Wag," she addresses topics ranging from the loss of a companion animal to the importance of animal welfare in the context of social justice overall.
Dr. Salk's work includes consulting for municipalities on humane education campaigns and co-authoring humane legislation. Pia's extensive involvement in animal rescue efforts has been featured on such shows as Animal Planet's Hurricane Heroes and 20/20.
In her role as a psychologist, Dr. Salk has developed programs that pair at-risk teens with animals who share similar histories of abuse and neglect. Pia brings her own rescued animals into her work, often crediting them as being "the real therapists."
According to a colleague, "Pia may be little in stature, but she is big on personality. The kids she works with love her ability to roll around and get dirty, both physically and emotionally. She has a knack for relating to both animals and humans!"
Pia is the niece of Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine. She and her husband live in New York with their family of adopted companion animals.