Dr. Kwane Stewart continues to bring awareness and reformation to animal welfare issues. Although it is an ongoing, never-ending battle, Dr. Kwane has signed on for life. He is confident that one day animal shelters will serve a much different purpose, and that mass euthanasia will be a thing of the past. Dr Kwane is a graduate of Colorado State University, a leading veterinary school, where he earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. At the age of 26, he moved to San Diego and began his career in small animal medicine. In 2004, he was promoted to Chief Medical Officer for Vetco Hospital, Inc. After five years his career took an unexpected turn. While visiting an animal shelter in a Northern California in 2007 he learned they had been without a vet for nearly three years. His desire to relocate and be closer to his son took him to Modesto, where he was appointed County Veterinarian. Today, he oversees the daily care of more than 400 animals. Although Central Valley’s pet overpopulation problem is among the worst in the country, Dr. Kwane remains optimistic. With his guidance a brand new, state-of-the-art animal shelter was completed in 2010. A reality television show, Sheltered, which follows Dr Kwane’s impassioned journey through the animal care thickets, is currently in production.
I walk from kennel to kennel, sometimes overrun with 12-15 dogs and identify whose time has legally expired. After a quick inspection I give a nod to my assistant to write the acronym that sentences them to death, PTS or “Put To Sleep.”