Tag Archives: Animal Welfare

Human Animal Bonds for Life

Human Animal Bonds for Life (HABL), a grassroots 501c3 organization was started in 2015 by yours truly with the mission of:

  1. educating the youth on dog safety
  2. promoting force free ways of communicating with dogs and
  3. eradicating the use of aversive techniques and tools in pet dog training

It all started when I attended a guardian ad litem training in order to volunteer for the Humane Society’s Paws in the Court program.  This program allows children involved in negligence, verbal, emotional and physical abuse to spend time with a dog before he/she testifies in order to ease the child’s stress.

There I learned the tremendous benefit that a dog can offer a child and how many children in our community really could use the interaction of a dog.  I left there inspired to start something wonderful and two years later, in the summer of 2017 we launched our first ever dog training summer camp at Rocco’s Pack Dog Training.

Through the camp,  children (ages 7-12) are afforded the opportunity to teach and learn from rescue dogs. The child serves as an ambassador for the dog’s adoption and for force free communication. Children also walk away with conflict resolution and problem solving skills that serve the child later in life. Rescue dogs leave the program with a solid foundation of household basic obedience training that will enhance the dog’s chances of adoption.

In 2018, we are aiming to offer the program to children in dependent care by raising funds through City Dog 5K, HABL’s signature fundraising event taking place on February 25, 2018.  Read more about this event by clicking here.

If you are a rescue organization or a local shelter interested in collaborating to provide rescue pups for the program, a parent or guardian interested in enrolling a child in the program or child welfare orgainization interested in partnering up, learn more at our website humananimalbondsforlife.org  and contact us via info@humananimalbondsforlife.org or 786-309-5109.

I came, I saw, I took notes: San Francisco SPCA

San Francisco SPCA
San Francisco SPCA

This past January, I had an opportunity to visit the San Francisco SPCA, a really progressive and inspiring organization and a great model for agencies throughout the country to follow.  It was a full day and I wanted to stay for the group cat training class that was held that evening, but time was scarce and it  was hard to fit in all the activities the city had to offer.

Lucky Community

From veterinary behaviorists, which are far and few throughout the country, to community outreach staff, trainers, a fantastic medical team, dog adoption people, cat adoption people.  The San Francisco Bay community really has it good. Knowledge and education is key and this team not only has it, but also they’re willing to share it…with the community, with you, and even with me all the way from across the country.  I was humbled to find how generous Dr. Scarlett was, as she personally toured me through the place and introduced me to all the wonderful folks. Lucky me.

I came, I saw, I took notes

During the holidays, Macy’s gives up window space for adoptable cats and dogs.  You’ve all heard, “Don’t Shop, Adopt”.  At Macy’s in San Francisco, the message is more like “Do shop.  Shop and Adopt”.  This all-encompassing, grassroots collaboration is what it’s about.  Getting all our amazing pets out there, in the community, in the places people go.  Making the adoption option salient in people’s mind and creating emotion and a sense of doing the right thing. Then following up, educating, answering questions and creating success stories.  Friends, neighbors, business owners, teachers, government officials, we can do that.  We’ve already begun.

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Rocco’s Pack and The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters

 

We are excited to announce our affiliation with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS).  NAPPS is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by a group of pet sitters and to this day continues to be operated by its members, for its members.  NAPPS is dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals and serves as a wonderful resource to the pet owning public and professionals in the pet care industry.  Its vision statement, “to serve as the most respected authority in professional pet sitting” is fulfilled not only by providing countless resources to support the success of their members, but also pet parents are afforded the opportunity to take advantage of resources such as disaster preparedness guides, tips on how to select a pet sitter, a nationwide referral service and quarterly teleconferences aimed at educating the pet owning public.  Best of all, these benefits are free to pet parents.  And if that isn’t enough, NAPPS is rated high on the social responsibility scale as well.  Two of their major annual events are the “Presents 4 Pets” program which consists of a collection drive held during National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and the Youth Education Program aimed at educating children and adolescents on proper and responsible pet care and parenting.  Visit NAPPS at www.petsitters.org, join them on Facebook at facebook.com/TheNAPPS or follow @TheNAPPS on Twitter. 

Backed by such a wonderful organization, the next time you turn to us for your pet care needs, you can rest assured that ensuring the welfare of your pet is above all else.