Who we are
Committing journalism since 1968, mostly on animal-related news beats, and an active charter member of the Society of Environmental Journalists since 1990, ANIMALS 24-7 editor Merritt Clifton in 2010 received the 15th annual ProMED-mail Award for Excellence in Outbreak Reporting on the Internet for contributions to understanding the animal behavioral and cultural aspects of emerging zoonotic disease. News editor for the Animals’ Agenda magazine, 1988-1992, editor of the Animal People newspaper, 1992-2013, and editor of the annual Watchdog Report on Animal Charities, 1999-2013, Clifton was keynote speaker at the first No Kill Conference in 1995.
Beth Clifton joined the ANIMALS 24-7 team as wife of Merritt Clifton, social media editor & photographer at the low ebb of our early fortunes, rapidly doubled readership, and within another two years had increased it fivefold. Beth brought to ANIMALS 24-7 her experience as a former mounted police officer, animal control officer, veterinary technician, and school teacher.
Working from her home in rural Vermont, ANIMALS 24-7 newswire editor Cathy Czapla previously served in a similar capacity for Animal People, and as a book reviewer for Animals’ Agenda.
ANIMALS 24-7 contributing editor Alexandra Semyonova, an animal behaviorist specializing in dogs since 1989, is author of The 100 Silliest Things People Say About Dogs (Hastings Press 2009, Italian edition 2014) and The Social Organization of the Domestic Dog (Carriage House Foundation, 2002). Semyonova was for 10 years an inspector for the Dutch SPCA.
ANIMALS 24-7 director Vicky Crosetti was founder of the Valley Humane Society in California, ancestral to Tony LaRussa’s Animal Foundation. She later served for nearly 20 years as executive director of the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, founding the HSTV low-cost dog and cat sterilization clinic and leading the HSTV transition from doing animal control for the city of Knoxville to operating a no-kill adoption center.