Animal Hero of the Month: Mel-Lyna Cadieux Walker

She’s so passionate about animals that she signed up for a beauty pageant just so she could talk about animal welfare.


The September 2015 winner of our Animal Hero of the Month award is Mel-Lyna Cadieux Walker of Longueuil, Quebec.

Mel-Lyna has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember, and her continued devotion to animals is inspiring. She volunteers for several organizations, such as the SPCA Monteregie, SPCA Montreal and Services Animaliers de la Rive-Sud, among many others. She donates her time and money to volunteer, help stray animals and educate people about responsible pet care through her website and Facebook page.

From distributing flyers to talking with students in schools about pets, Mel-Lyna doesn’t miss a chance to spread her message. She even participated in the Miss Teen Quebec pageant so she could address the hundreds of people in the audience about animal welfare.

In addition to those tireless efforts, Mel-Lyna is a member of PETA2, a worldwide youth animal rights group. She has a passion for all things animals, and we honor her dedication.

The Nomination

Mel-Lyna’s nomination was sent in by Denise Cadieux, who told us:

“She is very involved with animals; they are her life!

She has her own blog about animal rights, and she promotes it. She helps a group of stray cats. She raises money for shelters and animal organizations with fundraising (she creates and organizes the fundraising or helps the shelter that has already started fundraising).

She is an active animal activist at her school and talks about [animal welfare issues] with other students. She wrote a letter to the National Assembly to tell them why they have to change the rules for animals rights in Quebec (and hopefully they will change them soon)…. She is a beautiful role model for all animal lovers.”


Here’s what all of our award winners get:

  • A feature article like this one
  • Social media mentions across all of our platforms
  • A permanent spot on our Wall of Heroes
  • Our custom-engraved gold-tone paw print medal with ribbon shipped to the winner
  • $50 donation (or cash award) from Petful
Mel-Lyna poses with 2 cats.
Mel-Lyna poses with some of her adopted cats.

Q&A With Mel-Lyna Cadieux Walker

1. What got you started helping animals?

I was born to help animals. Since I was a very little kid, I have always defended and helped animals.

2. What’s your earliest childhood memory that is related to animals?

I always had animals in my life, but my earliest childhood memory is with my dog Bod. He was the first animal I met.

3. How old were you when you got your first animal?

When I was born.

4. What is your favorite animal?

I love all animals. They all have special things that make them extraordinary. I can’t choose — it’s too difficult for me!

5. Tell us about the one animal you will never forget.

My cat Cowlie was with me during my childhood, and when she died I was terribly sad. I miss her every day.

6. What are the least and highest amounts of pets you have had at one time?

The least was 2 (a cat and a parrot) and the highest is today: I have 22 animals (13 little birds, 1 parrot, 1 bunny, 1 rat, 1 hamster, 2 gerbils, 1 cat, 1 turtle and 1 dog)! They are all my family and my kids.

7. If your pets could talk, what would they say?

I hope they would say they love me. But I think they would tell me to play with them, feed them or give them hugs — they all love that.

8. If you could solve one problem facing animals, what would it be?

I want to solve all problems facing animals, but if I have to choose one I would choose animal cruelty in general because animals need to be loved and respected like us. They deserve the greatest things in life.

9. If you could be reincarnated as any animal, which would you choose and why?

I would choose a dog because dogs are so loyal and friendly and will always be there for people who love them, and I am like this, too.

10. If the rainbow bridge exists, which pet would you most like to see waiting for you on the other side?

If the rainbow bridge really exists (and I hope it does exist), I want to see all of my animals waiting for me. I want to see them all and be with them. They are all important to me, and I love them all equally. I miss them and hope I will be with them forever one day.

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Nominate next month’s hero. If you would like to nominate someone to be Petful’s next Animal Hero of the Month, nomination details are available here. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring our monthly award or adding prizes, contact us at [email protected]

Kristine Lacoste

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Kristine Lacoste, editor in chief of Petful, is an author, poet and pet lover from Louisiana. She is the author of an award-nominated book, One Unforgettable Journey, and was host of a weekly pet news segment on the National K-9 Academy Radio Show. She was the New Orleans coordinator for Dogs on Deployment, a nonprofit that helps military members and their pets, for 3 years. She is also employed as chief operating officer for a large mental health practice in Louisiana. Kristine has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Business Administration degree.

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