Linda Bender DVM
Dr. Linda Bender is the author of Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals.
Dr. Linda Bender is the author of Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals. A passionate, animal advocate, educator and author, her love of the natural world began in her childhood backyard. From orphaned deer to blue jays prematurely bumped from their nests, animals in distress somehow found a way to her loving arms. Her innate rapport with animals inspired her to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
During the fourteen years she spent living in England, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Linda’s veterinary work included the rescue, rehabilitation, and protection of wildlife, often in remote areas. Working with zoos in Southeast Asia, she treated animals rescued from the wildlife trafficking trade and helped reintroduce them back into their natural habitats. Among those given a second chance at life were clouded leopards, tigers, orangutans, and numerous species of rare psittacine and passerine birds. Working in the field with rarely encountered wildlife, she helped to develop treatment protocols.
In both Asia and Africa she worked with local communities promoting anti-poaching initiatives and educational programs. Sharing stories of her deep connection to animals helped school children understand, respect and protect both wildlife and domestic animals.
For over twenty-five years, Dr. Bender has practiced meditation and studied many of the world’s wisdom traditions, including shamanism. Learning the traditions and ancient wisdom of indigenous people enriched her understanding of the sacred connection between humans, animals, and nature. These experiences helped shape her environmental consciousness and deepened her commitment to spirituality, conservation and animal advocacy.
Dr. Bender started one of the first Pet Therapy programs in Cincinnati as part of their state mental health program. She is founder of the non-profit charity From the Heart. Her work has been endorsed by Jane Goodall, Rupert Sheldrake, Larry Dossey and many more. Dr. Bender has been featured in the Huffington Post, Natural Health Magazine, Spirituality & Health, Gaiam TV, Modern Dog, Elephant Journal and many more media outlets. Learn more at: http://www.LindaBender.org