Dr. Franklin has been involved with the OVMA on animal welfare issues and has been instrumental in getting legislation passed, like the mandatory reporting of animal abuse by veterinarians and veterinary technicians. He continues to be an advocate for the Delta Society promoting the health benefits of animals to human health. He is a diehard baseball fan and lives and breathes with the New York Mets. One of his goals is to visit every Major League Baseball stadium in the U.S. He was a swimmer at Washington State University, along with a university Senator.