Steve Dale, CABC (certified animal behavior consultant) over the past few decades has reached pet owners than any other pet journalist in America.
He is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute (together heard on over 100 radio stations, syndicated Black Dog Radio Productions, since 2005). He’s also a special contributor at WGN Radio, Chicago and program host, Steve Dale’s Pet World (since 1997). And he formerly hosted nationally broadcast Animal Planet Radio.
Steve’s blog: www.stevedalepetworld.com.
For 21 years, his twice weekly newspaper column was syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Steve was a contributing editor USA Weekend (2002 to 2014), and regular columnist at Cat Fancy magazine (2006 to 2014), and has written for a long list of magazines, from People to Dog World (where he was a columnist).
He’s currently a columnist and contributing editor for CATster, and authors a column called Steve Dale’s Vet World for Veterinary Practice News.
He also contributes blogs for various websites, including for Victoria Stilwell, and the Pet Health Network.
On TV he’s appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show; National Geographic Explorer; Pets Part of the Family (PBS). Fox News, various Animal Planet Shows and many others. For several years, Steve was a regular contributor to Superstation WGN-TV morning news, then appeared regularly on WMAQ-TV, Chicago. Currently, he’s a contributor to nationally syndicated HouseSmarts TV. Steve’s also a frequent host of satellite media tours.
In print, he’s been quoted in, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Redbook, various veterinary publications and dozens more, not to mention appearing as an expert guest on countless radio programs.
Steve co-edited “Decoding Your Dog,” written by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Steve’s the author of ebooks, “Good Dog!” and “Good Cat!” (Chicago Tribune, 2013). He’s the author of several other books including “DogGone Chicago” and “American Zoos.”
He’s written introductions or contributed chapters and contributed forewords to many books, including “Bonding With Your Dog,” “Dog Spelled Backwards,” “The Compassion of Dogs,” “Raising My Furry Children,” “Christmas Cats” and “Angel Animals and the Kids Who Love Them.”
Steve was an external reviewer for “Feline Behavior Guidelines” (American Association of Feline Practitioners, 2005), and is a contributor to the textbook “The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management” (edited Dr. Susan Little, 2011). He’s the primary author of the CATegorical Care: An Owner’s Guide to America’s Number #1 Companion (reviewers include AVMA, SAWA), published American Humane Association/CATalyst Council, 2010). He co-authored (with Dr. Sagi Denenberg) the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement on Breed-Specific Legislation (2014).
Steve is a founder of the CATalyst Council and served on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012. He’s also on the Board of Directors of the Winn Feline Foundation (2007 to present), and Tree House Humane Society in Chicago (2005 to 2016). In 2012, after six years, he cycled off the Board of the American Humane Association and served as a National Ambassador. He’s an Advisory Board Member SPCA Puerto Vallarta (2016 to present),
Steve is also a part of an AVMA/AAHA initiative to encourage preventive care veterinary care, called Partners for Health Pets. In 2014, Steve co-founded Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills. Steve is on the Pet Partners Human-Animal Bond National Advisory Board (2015 to present); National Advisory Board Member Angel on a Leash (2005 to 2016); National Fear Free Advisory Board (2013 to present); Task Force on Feline Sterilization (2015-present).
In Chicago, Steve created the Chicago Task Force on Companion Animals and Public Safety (2000-2010), where three-times proposed breed bans were over-turned and twice over-turned proposed mandated pediatric spay/neuter, as well as proposed pet limit laws. The Task Force also created guidelines for ‘doggy day care.’ As a pet advocate, Steve has testified many times against breed specific bans, pet limit laws, etc. Steve personally advised Illinois Governor Pat Quinn regarding pet-related issues.
Among Steve’s many awards, the AVMA Humane Award (the only AVMA honor bestowed to a non-veterinarian), Editor and Publisher syndicated newspaper Feature Writer of the Year Award, AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award, HSUS Pets for Life Award, and has been honored with over 15 Maxwell’s Awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America and over 15 Muse Awards from the Cat Writers’ Association of America. He’s also been honored by the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and was the first recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation Award, and many others.
In 2012, Steve became the youngest person ever inducted into the Dog Writer’s Association of America Hall of Fame.
After his beloved cat Ricky passed away in 2002 of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Steve created a fund to raise money to research this often-fatal disease. He’s raised well over $100,000 – and as a direct result a genetic test was created to determine if a gene defect for HCM exists for two breeds.
Steve’s a regular speaker at veterinary and shelter conferences around the world, and for shelter fundraisers, and other special events. Steve’s presented at each of the major U.S. veterinary conferences (numerous times), and several times for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. He’s also spoken at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Conference, Caribbean Veterinary Conference and many others.
Steve’s persistence convinced the Chicago White Sox to allow dogs at a major league baseball game – today, ball parks around America have periodic “dog days” promotions. In 2004, he suggested Mercury Skyline Cruiseline create “The Canine Cruise,” a dog-friendly architecture cruise for dogs on Lake Michigan/Chicago River, also replicated in other cities.
Steve is also the host (since 2015) of a popular WGN Podcast, Steve Dale’s Other World (about topics generally unrelated to pets).
Two of Steve’s favorite honors: Commencement Speaker at Madison Square Garden for Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2008), and appearing (in 2012) as 59 across in a TV Guide Crossword Puzzle (pet journalist Steve _ _ _ _).