Throughout the entire three-day event, we will have a huge focus on rescue. At the rescue boot camp, you can learn everything you need to know about a dog rescue. Use this opportunity to educate yourself and other volunteers of a dog rescue. All of the dog rescue seminars will be free to qualified, pre-registered rescue management, staff and volunteers.
Limited to the first 200 people to signup. You will receive a confirmation within a few business days stating that you have been accepted into the Rescue Boot Camp.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alyx Robertson at 717-691-3388 ext. 220 or Alyx@barkleigh.com
Embassy Suites in the Meadowlands I & II room
|9:00 - 9:50am||Shelter Behavior & Enrichment||Lori Nanan|
|10:00 - 10:50am||Social Media & Marketing||Nancy Hassel of American Pet Professionals, LLC|
|11:00 - 11:50am||BSL/Animal Welfare||Shorty Rossi|
|2:00 - 2:50pm||Developing Best Practices for First Aid Through Your Vet Relationships||Dr. Jessica Silver of Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital|
|3:00 - 3:50pm||Creating Successful Fundraising Events For Rescues||Nancy Hassel of American Pet Professionals, LLC|
|4:00 - 4:50pm||Rescue Laws And Maintaining Compliance||Natahnee Shrawder|
|5:00 - 5:50pm||Socialization Training And Counter Conditioning Shelter Dogs||Drayton Michaels|
Embassy Suites in the Meadowlands I & II room
|9:00 - 9:50am||Tips For Keeping Your Volunteers Happy And Engaged||Stephanie Mattera|
|10:00 - 10:50am||How To Make Dogs More Adoptable||Shorty Rossi|
|11:00 - 11:50am||BSL - Community Safety Through Breed Bans?!||Deirdre Franklin|
|2:00 - 2:50pm||Developing Relationships In Communities||Stephanie Mattera|
|3:00 - 3:50pm||Evaluating Dogs At Intake||Karen "Doc" Halligan|
|4:00 - 4:50pm||Disease Control & Maintenance||Dr. Cliff Faver|
Deirdre S. Franklin is the founder, President and CEO of Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. (PFPB). Having founded PFPB in 2005, Deirdre works tirelessly to educate the public on the most current and scientific facts to oppose Breed Specific Legislation and Laws (BSL). PFPB is an organic, grassroots organization with a very large, active contingency. Deirdre earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Drexel University, in which her Thesis focused on BSL and community safety. She provides educational seminars throughout the country and has been awarded with the 2015 Wallace Award and American Dog Magazine’s Voice to Stop Illegal Dog Fighting, among others. She is a twice-published author who leads through positivity, respect and empowerment. www.pinupsforpitbulls.org
Renowned veterinarian, author, celebrity spokesperson and devoted pet owner, Karen “Doc” Halligan, has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while becoming one of the nation’s leading pet advocates for animal health and welfare. As the Chief Veterinary Officer for The Lucy Pet Foundation, she oversees the foundation’s mobile spay/neuter clinics, adoption events and humane education program. As a skilled surgeon in leading edge spay/neuter technique, she has traveled to foreign countries, like Sri Lanka, to help improve spay/neuter operations as well as lectured across the country on animal health and welfare. Doc is the author of the award-winning book Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs and has authored numerous articles for PARADE magazine and other mainstream publications. She currently hosts “Ask the Doc” on KTLA and appears regularly on the Doctors, Home and Family Show, Animal Planet’s Dogs 101, Cats 101 and America’s Cutest Pets. She has also appeared on Kelly and Michael, the Today Show, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, CBS Early Morning Show, Tru TV, National Geographic Wild, Fox and Friends and Extra TV.
Nancy Hassel is the founder and President of American Pet Professionals, an award-winning business-networking and educational organization for the pet industry since 2009. Leading over 100 in-person educational networking events, seminars, fundraisers and online events for pet industry professionals. A Public Relations specialist for the pet industry, Nancy works with pet companies in many aspects of PR, event planning, media relations and training for pet professionals. Nancy also runs the Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo with Dana Humphrey, a trade show featuring Made in the USA pet products. Nancy is also a speaker at various pet industry conferences, a writer for pet trade and consumer magazines, blogger and photographer, and was a TV producer and production coordinator for 10+ years. Nancy also created a Responsible Dog Ownership program and taught over 2,500 pet parents in a 5-year period. Nancy resides on Long Island, NY and is the proud pet parent of Cody, a rescued American Pit Bull Terrier.
Stephanie Mattera is an award-winning animal advocate, philanthropist, professor, lifestyle expert, and TV personality. She is passionate about community outreach and creating positive change. Her commitment and passion led Stephanie to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, where she has served as Spokesperson since 2010. The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC's homeless animals. As the organization's spokesperson, Stephanie has successfully built strong relationships within the animal welfare community, advocated for spaying and neutering pets, rescue and adoption, and the responsibilities of being a pet parent at community events and on news segments. She is also the proud mom of six rescued animals. Stephanie is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Public Relations and Corporate Communications Master’s program at New York University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) and is a 2009 graduate of the program. She also holds an M.B.A. in Global Business Leadership from Johnson & Wales University. In 2016, Stephanie received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service from the Office of the President of the United States and in 2013, Stephanie received the Bart Lawson Alumni Award for Professional Service and Outreach from SPS and is actively involved with her alma mater as an NYU Alumni Association Board member. Stephanie serves on the Humane Society Legislative Fund's National Political Council and is a member of the New England Political Council and is a board member at the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and Animal Sanctuary in Newtown, CT.
Drayton Michaels, CTC, Dog Behavior Specialist & Trainer, is the Founder of Urban Dawgs. Drayton is an award-winning dog behavior expert specializing in positive, reward-based training, driven by science and research. His education, multiple industry and public recognitions as well as experience level places Drayton in the Top 5 percent of all dog trainers in the country. He has been working with dogs for 17 years. In May 2007, Drayton earned his Certification in Dog Training and Behavior Counseling from the original intensive San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers (known as the “Harvard of dog training”). The SFSPCA Academy was a full-time, hands-on, comprehensive program where ten selected students trained esteemed canine behavior expert Jean Donaldson. After graduating from the SFSPCA Academy, Drayton founded URBAN DAWGS (UrbanDawgs.com) in Red Bank, New Jersey, offering group classes and private training for dog guardians and their pets, as well as seminars, workshops and consulting services. Soon after, he expanded his practice with a specialty subsidiary of URBAN DAWGS, to include Pit Bull Guru, offering contemporary training and behavior consulting focused on Pit Bulls and other large breed dogs of all ages. Drayton also released The Pit Bull Hoax, a short film about breed specific legislation and Pit Bull dogs in 2009. This film went on to help end BSL at the state level in OH.
Lori Nanan lives in New Hope, PA. She is a certified dog trainer (CTC, CPDT-KA) and currently works for The Academy for Dog Trainers and runs the non-profit Your Pit Bull and You. She has worked for Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem, PA. as the Canine Behavior Education Coordinator, where enrichment for shelter dogs (and cats!) became her passion. She shares her life with her husband Paul and their pit bull mix, Hazel.
You know Shorty Rossi for his television show “Pit Boss.” However, he is more than just a TV star; he is a Pit Bull advocate. For years, he has been on tour promoting breed awareness, fighting BSL (Breed Specific Legislation), fighting for Animal Rights, encouraging spay and neuter clinics and promoting his book Four Feet Tall and Rising. Shorty will be doing book signings and speaking throughout the entire weekend. His Pit Bull companion, Francis, will be by his side as well! (www.shortywood.com)
Natahnee Shrawder is a biologist for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, co-owner of Harrisburg’s Great Dog Program, and an Associate Certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is former Director of Behavioral Care at the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc. and a former Pennsylvania State Dog Law Enforcement Officer. Natahnee has over twelve years of experience evaluating and rehabilitating shelter and rescue dogs. She has also worked with animals in Yellowstone National Park, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and volunteers with the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art’s Saw-Whet Owl research program. She holds a BA in the Biological Foundations of Behavior from Franklin and Marshall College and an MS in Biology from Shippensburg University. She and her son, Gabe, support various animal rescue organizations throughout central PA to rescue, foster, advocate and adopt! They live in the Harrisburg area with their 4 cats, 3 dogs, and ever-changing motley crew of foster animals.
Dr. Silver holds bachelors degrees in biology and animal sciences from the University of Vermont. She went on to study veterinary medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts in the West Indies, completing her clinical training at Louisiana State University. Dr. Silver has special interests in Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Exotic Animal Medicine. Dr. Silver continues to volunteer at local animal shelters and rescue organizations around northern NJ. She is an advocate for Animal rights and actively campaigns to stop Animal Cruelty in NJ. She lives locally and enjoys being a part of her community. She lives with her two dogs, two cats and potbelly pig. She was a rugby player and amateur guitarist. Dr. Silver has wanted to be a veterinarian all her life. With over 10 years in the field she considers herself lucky to be following her passion.