David L. Hendrickson

Activist, Entrepreneur, Founder of Hendrick Boards and A Loving Goodbye

SS: What made you go vegan and why?
Going vegan was simply because of my love for animals. My brothers and I have been vegetarian for years and after starting Hendrick Boards.com we decided to go vegan.

SS: Has it been difficult for you? If yes what was difficult and did it get easier?
Going vegan wasn't too difficult because after being vegetarian for years taking that next step was natural. The only thing that was hard was cutting out dairy. I always tell people who want to try a vegan lifestyle you will falter sometimes but living a cruelty free lifestyle is not only the healthy choice I have made but also the happiest.

SS: What are some animal rights related things that you participate in?
My brothers and I are heavily involved in animal rights and animal welfare. Together we have created Hendrick Boards.com , an eco-friendly apparel, skateboard and accessories company dedicated to supporting a network of over 160 animal rescues, sanctuaries and shelters across the U.S. Shortly after creating Hendrick Boards I founded A Loving Goodbye.org. This is my nonprofit dedicated to the nearly 10,000 animal euthanized every day. We created A Loving Goodbye to give animals about to be euthanized the loving and fitting tribute they deserve. We go into local animal shelters to give a hug, a kiss and, most importantly, love to an animal soon to be put to sleep. And, we tell there story, give them a name and create a legacy — showing the world that someone did love them.

Anyone can join us in the effort, by giving A Loving Goodbye to an animal at their local shelter, sharing the animal’s picture and tribute on Facebook and on our website.

SS: What are your favorite animal rights organizations?
One of my absolute favorite organizations is Maranda's Rescue in Fortuna, CA. Their dedication to not only domestic but non-domestic and farm animals is so inspirational. They are part of our giving program receiving donations from Hendrick Boards.com and they are unsung heros in animal rights. I will always support their efforts and the animals they save and support!

SS: What would you say to somebody who is considering going vegan?
I would tell them going Vegan is going to be the healthiest and happiest choice they will make. Going vegan isn't easy and sometimes you may falter but always remember the animals deserve our compassion not our cruelty.

SS: Do you have any memories that stand out in your mind about someone saving an animal? Or relating to an animal in a unique way?
One memory that stands out, which was only 2 months ago, about a fight I had to get in to save an animal. One day I was driving home through LA. I saw an animal dart across the road so I pulled over to pick it up. When I walked up on the dog she was clearly abused and neglected. Covered in maggots, chunks of her skin and fur missing and extremely skinny. She was very afraid and ran into the back yard of a house. One of the neighbors told me the animal belonged to the owner of the yard she had ran into and that she had been like that for at-least a month. By this time I was beyond angry. I knocked on the door to be greeted with "what the F*ck do you want" from a man standing behing a the front door. I asked him if that dog was his and he said yes. Then I asked why she was so neglected. He told me "Its none of your F*cking business". Well obviously at this pont angry doesn't begin to explain how I was feeling. So I took out my cell phone slammed it on the door and said "I am with animal control and if you dont open your door I am going to take this dog and call the police". I know saying I am with animal control could get me into some trouble but I couldn't leave without this animal. Then within seconds he had opened the door, stepped toe to toe with me and kicked me as hard as he could in the chest. As I fell to the ground I reached up and yanked him down with me. Now although this guy was much taller and bigger then me I definitely can put up a good fight especially if an animal's life is involved. It was over in seconds just a bunch of punching and thrashing! The neighbor broke it up and within minuts the real police was there. In the end I had saved the dog and the man was charged with numerous fines and spent some time in a cage himself (jail). The animal is now with an amazing family and I will never forget her. I know this may sound extreme but I do believe it is up to us all to take a stand for each and every animal no matter what. Just like that abused dog she could not stand up for her self and neither can the nearly 5 million animals euthanized every year. It is our responsibility to stand up for them.