This blog will keep you up-to-date about our shift from Shake-a-Paw towards our new direction of helping pets of domestic violence victims get shelter.
Since our first dog trainer, Catherine Adams, volunteer extraordinaire! decided to pursue other things, Jan Dawson has been working on getting certification as a dog trainer with Animal Behavior College. This has meant hundreds of hours of work on courses and practicums under certified dog trainers. This training is valuable in adding to Jan's store of skills and knowledge learned from several years of fostering and adopting several dogs into her home. Jan is hoping to be finished by the end of the year and we are looking forward to running another pilot program for 2 more youth-dog teams in a more central location in Kelowna.
Hi! I'm Kim Dawson, a psychologist in Kelowna, BC. Jan (my spouse) and I have co-founded the Mary Ellen Humane Education Society and its Shake-a-Paw program for Youth Healing Dogs Healing Youth.