New York Magazine recently published an article condemning pet owners for calling themselves parents. Instead of sharing the piece, which deserves no further attention, we have chosen to share why the word ‘family’ is a fluid adjective open to interpretation, making the words ‘parent’ and ‘child’ equally boundless to one singular definition.

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Source: Elli Frank

Our animal welfare nonprofit is the living legacy of Mr. Bones, a pit bull estimated to be 10 years old, rescued the day he was scheduled to be euthanized by New York City Animal Care & Control.

In the 4 1/2 years he has been in my life, I have seen him through five surgeries, with the latest procedure occurring today in the excellent hands of Dr. Martel and Dr. Carmichael at The Animal Medical Center. This was his fourth oral surgery, part of a continuous effort begun by Dr. Mary Buelow in 2012 to correct the damage that began years earlier from trauma to his mouth, suspected to have been caused by human mistreatment, abuse and neglect.