An animal welfare advocate and biotechnology executive, Horace Nalle works as a principal at Oriole Animal Health, LLC, an Atlanta-based firm that invests in innovative animal medicines and vaccines. Horace Nalle also serves on the Atlanta Humane Society Board of Directors.
One simple way animal owners can prevent some illnesses in their pets is with vaccinations. Though most vaccinations are not mandatory in Georgia, the state, like most others in the US, requires animal vaccination against rabies, an infectious and incurable disease.
The rabies virus spreads through the saliva of infected animals. When humans contract the disease, the transmission is usually through an animal bite. The virus makes its way into the central nervous system, causing swelling in the brain that ends in death for the vast majority of cases.
The state of Georgia aims to stop the disease by preventing rabies from infecting animals in the first place. Georgia does so by requiring rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats. The state only recognizes vaccinations carried out by licensed veterinarians. For more information about rabies and responsible vaccinations for animals, visit the Atlanta Humane Society’s web page at atlantahumane.org.
Horace Nalle, a business leader in the animal vaccine industry, actively supports animal welfare causes through the Atlanta Humane Society, where he serves on the board of directors. One of Horace Nalle’s interests is the threat to endangered songbirds by feral cats.
According to research by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, cats kill up to 3.6 billion birds annually in America. The vast majority of these birds are killed by feral and stray cats. A study published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases in June 2016 suggests that feral cats also endanger bird populations by acting as disease carriers.
One solution to the problem could be to target irresponsible cat owners who do not spay or neuter their pets and contribute to the feral and stray cat population. However, mandatory spay and neuter legislation is controversial and has little evidence to support its effectiveness.
A lawyer with over three decades of experience, Horace Nalle is now a principal at Atlanta-based Oriole Animal Health, LLC (www.orioleah.com), a consulting and investment firm focused on innovative vaccines and medicines for animals.. Horace Nalle is also the board chair of the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS), where he works to reduce pet homelessness in Georgia.
A nonprofit organization established in 1873, AHS has transitioned from child protection and animal welfare agency to a recognized pet adoption and veterinary center. It also performs animal advocacy work and publishes a regular blog on animal welfare.
In one of its recent blog posts, AHS addresses recent debate about hugging dogs. The writer, certified dog trainer Mailey McLaughlin, wrote the post out of concern over the misinformation floating around social media that a scientific study showed that dogs do not like hugs. McLaughlin rebuffs the statement, claiming that no scientific study can accurately represent all dogs. She did, however, offer her opinion based on experience: she believes that many dogs dislike hugs, some just tolerate them, and a few dogs that actually like them.
McLaughlin also warns against hugging dogs that one doesn’t know, as doing so might result in dog bites. Moreover, in order to avoid provoking aggression, people must learn to approach the dog properly by asking permission and waiting for the dog to come to their space.