Press Coverage

I was glad to get an article about the book in the August 17, 2017 Cape Gazette, the local paper in the Delaware Beach area.

I enjoyed answering the interview on the Books that Wander blog.  I enjoyed writing about how and why I wrote the book and my favorite authors.

In addition, I’ve posted some articles about my animal advocacy work in Delaware and an editorial I wrote.

Safe Haven was the no kill animal shelter that failed about nine months after the shelter director was fired.  I had served on the Board for 3 years and resigned about 18 months before the shelter went bankrupt, a tragedy for the community and for the 19 dogs who could have been saved but were killed by the ASPCA and remaining Safe Haven Board members.  I have a memorial page for the 19 the dogs here on the web site.
The closure of Safe Haven and killing of the 19 dogs was one of the most painful experiences in my life.  I had worked almost full-time as a Board member at trying to make Safe Haven a success from 2009 to 2012.  After I resigned, I tried to raise an alarm with the my blog and in the media about the problems that needed solving, but it was to no avail.
After the 19 dogs were killed, I blogged about the tragedy and posted on the No Kill Delaware Facebook page.  Mark Barone contacted me about painting the 19 dogs in his amazing project An Act of Dog. The article about that in the News Journal (see link above) contains an image of their paintings.  I believe that those paintings helped the community mourn the 19 dogs and I am so grateful to Mark Barone for his art.
The article about the firing of the director includes a photo that I had posted on the No Kill Delaware blog about the dogs that had been neglected and lost too much weight.  I had worked with the staff members in developing their whistle blower report that was submitted to the Board and ultimately led to termination of the director.
The 19 dogs could have been saved if rescue groups had been allowed to pull them but for some reason the Safe Haven policy was to prohibit that.  The decision was that only groups with a facility could have animals.  It is essential that shelters allow legitimate rescue groups pull animals.  It is a key element of the No Kill Equation, as defined by the No Kill Advocacy Center.  In addition, the Delaware Shelter Standards law mandates that no animal is killed until he/she has been offered to a rescue group.  The ASPCA policy was a violation of that law that was swept under the rug by statements that the 19 dogs were all “aggressive.”  Volunteers who knew the dogs dispute that.
A press release with a description of the book and also my bio is below.

Press Release

Murder Mystery with Animal Rescue Theme

Available on Amazon


No Kill Station: Murder at Rehoboth Beach is now available on Amazon.  The mystery novel is based on author Diane Meier’s experiences as an animal rescuer, advocate for no-kill shelters, and blogger.  Royalties are donated to no kill shelters and rescue groups and also community cat Trap-Neuter-Return groups.

The setting of the book is a Delaware beach town before 2014, which is when the state finally started enforcing its innovative animal shelter law passed in 2010.  Delaware and California are the only states to have this kind of comprehensive law that mandates specific measures for saving more shelter animals.  During the years when Delaware failed to enforce its shelter law, Meier’s blog called No Kill Delaware criticized the state and the high-kill animal shelter that refused to comply with the law.  Her Facebook page gave animal advocates and rescuers a forum where they could tell their experiences.  To counter these “no kill extremists,” other blogs and Facebook pages argued that saving more animals is impossible and attacked Meier and other no kill advocates.

Meier threw herself into animal rescue while she was writing her blog.  By the time she burned out, she had five dogs, including two Pit Bulls and two Beagles that had been on death row for being “unadoptable.”  She had also done Trap Neuter Return for the feral cat colony living in the woods behind her house.  Meier’s hope is that people will not only enjoy her novel but also spread the word about saving more homeless dogs and cats.

Meier is no stranger to controversial issues.  She grew up in Washington D.C. where politics, legislation, and public policy are an obsession.  With a Masters degree from University of Virginia School of Architecture, she was a city planner working with citizens as they tried to preserve neighborhoods from high rise developers that were gobbling up around Metro stations.  Later she consulted with the federal government on policy and environmental impacts of radioactive waste disposal, cleanup of the nation’s nuclear bomb-making sites, dismantlement of nuclear weapons, and storage of highly enriched uranium and plutonium from dismantled weapons.    

After Meier retired, she lived for five years in the Delaware beach area where she had vacationed with her family for over 20 years.   When a tree crushed her house during a storm,  she moved to the Philadelphia suburbs where her grandkids are closer and where the trees seem friendly.