I want to talk about a young man named Leo, an actor and a Tolucan Times fan, whose life work affects animals worldwide. Through legal means, or other creative ways, Leo finds a need and develops amazing solutions… For instance, early this February Leo Grillo’s organization, D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, will be taking more than 130,000 signatures to Capitol Hill in an accelerated effort to get H.R. 3501 passed during the 111th Congress. Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI.) has proposed a simple, concise bill known as The Humanity and Pets Partnered through the Years Act, or the “HAPPY” Act. It proposes a $3500 annual tax deduction for qualified pet expenses from ones.
This groundbreaking initiative was created by our friend Leo. How many pets might get adopted and how many pet owners might afford the proper care for their deserving pets? On-going petition sites for this “HAPPY Act” are sponsored by D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, Care2 and the American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals, if you want to sign on. H.R. 3501 is also supported by the Humane Society of the United States. Nothing like unity to get things done!
The Tolucan Connection
Thirty years ago, Leo had a cover story in the Toucan about animal rescue. Donations were channeled via his revered acting coach Charles Conrad, and now, Leo Grillo is president of D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the largest no-kill, care-for-life animal sanctuary of its type in the world. He actually drives around the desert searching for dogs that mindless cruel people just drop off to get rid of. By the time he finds them, most are unfit for adoption but they will have love and care for life thanks to Leo.
Leo has open arms for other organizations, like Actors and Others for Animals. He has been very supportive of our tasks and knows how necessary our effort towards spay and neutering decreases the population of unwanted pets. Less innocent creatures to be tossed away like debris. JoAnne Worley, President of Actors and Other says, “We, in the humane treatment of animals community, are so very fortunate to have Leo Grillo and his family on our side of the fence. He is the best of the best. What a great guy.” And Susan Taylor, Executive Director of Actors and Others agrees, “Leo is an old and dear friend of Actors and Others for Animals, who shares our passion to ensure the daily care and protection of our animal companions. He is always there to support our Celebration of Caring fundraising events, and to help us raise money to assist pet guardians provide veterinary care, especially in these challenging times. In fact, he co-sponsored H.R. 3501, a federal bill that recognizes the importance of the animal-human bond by allowing a $3,500 yearly tax deduction for qualifying care expenses. Now that’s a stimulus package I think all animal lovers would love to see enacted!”
Enacting is what Leo Grillo does, besides proposing legislation and rescuing animals, Leo makes things happen as an actor, writer, director and producer. His new film “Magic” is just completed. (Hint: angel-dog.) Leo gets his message out any way he can. If you want to know more about him, give him a Google; there are a load of sites for his many ventures, and learn more about D.E.L.T.A. Rescue (Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals).
Leo Grillo also founded Horse Rescue of America, and, he created “Animals on the Edge,” a global project that allows animals from other nations to benefit from his programs. Leo also co-conceived, with wildlife photographer and author Chris Weston, a book by the same name that identifies those animals currently living on the frontline of extinction. And, so much more, like his affordable dog housing set-ups and the first animal shelter built with straw. He is a man of the world and the word about Leo first came out in the Tolucan… We’ll talk (arf)…