Meet Cathy 

As a young girl, Cathy Kangas saw a man kick a dog. She let go of her mother’s hand, ran to the man and “gave him a little pummeling and said ‘Stop it,’ ” recalls Kangas, who grew up in Britain. 

The budding animal protector carried that passion into adulthood, becoming an HSUS board member and founding Prai Beauty, a cruelty-free skincare brand that gives a portion of each purchase to animal rescue efforts. “I love all animals, but dogs are my absolute passion,” says Kangas, who has four rescue dogs—Jay, Hannah, Hamish and Ladybug, “three big giants and one little tiny one.”

We really do hold the power over animals, and how we use that power actually shows who we are.