Wayne had dogs growing up in New Haven — Pericles (named by Wayne’s older brother for the great Greek statesman), Brandy (for the Elton John song), and then Randy (for an actor one of Wayne’s sisters had a crush on). His most recent canine companion is Lily (random name selection), whom he and his wife journalist Lisa Fletcher adopted from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue, via PetSmart, in 2013. Lily was an elder dog, who had previously been dealt a bad hand and who had failed time and again at adoption events. Wayne and Lisa promote elder animal adoptions because they are often the toughest animals to place, and Wayne wrote about the adoption process and about Lily’s quirks in his book “The Humane Economy.”
Not long after Wayne and Lisa gave Lily a new home and quickly fell in love with her, Wayne came across a stray cat in downtown D.C. on an early morning walk with Lily He made a lifeline call to Lisa at 5:30 a.m. and Lisa hustled down in pajamas with a cat carrier. They put out word of the stray cat at local veterinary offices and put up signs in the neighborhood. But no calls came in. That meant, according to Lisa, she was going to stay. They named her Zoe, and Lisa dusted off the cat beds and cat toys that had been the favorites of Mungo and Rumple, who had sadly passed away in the prior year. Lily tolerated Zoe just fine, and Zoe delighted in offering playful swats at least once a day to her bigger sister.
In telling Lily’s story, Wayne celebrates the role that PetSmart and Petco play in throwing open the doors of their stories to shelters and rescues, like Lost Dog and Cat. With 2500 outlets around the country, these pet supply chains facilitate hundreds of thousands of adoptions a year — and more than 11 million dogs and cats since inception of these programs. It’s a way to put animals in front of people without requiring that they go to a shelter. It’s a bright, shining example of the humane economy — with commercial businesses building their brand, drawing more customers, and doing good for animal protection.
The new addition to the family settled in quickly and began learning the doggie basics, like how to walk on a leash and how to let Wayne and Lisa know when she needed to go outside. However, there was one final order of very important business that needed to be tended to: coming up with a great name!
Wayne and Lisa received hundreds of suggestions for a name, eventually settling on Lily. In their own words:
“We think she’s as pretty as a beautiful flower, and she loves using her nose – in a word, she loves smelling the flowers, proverbially. In fact, our good friend and veterinarian, Dr. Paula Kislak sent us a whole list of flower names and what they mean. Lily is ‘pure, innocent and beautiful.’ Perfect.”
These days, Lily is often found accompanying Wayne to the offices of The Humane Society of the United States, where she greets visitors to Wayne’s office and says hello to two and four-legged friends around the organization’s sprawling campus.
Zoe, like many felines, prefers life outside of the limelight, but isn’t too opposed to the occasional candid shot of her taking a cat nap!