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How One Cat Colony Led to the Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats

In 2003, Dan Spehar and his wife started feeding four kittens that appeared at their house. Although they had intermittently fed single stray cats previously, they had never encountered a group of cats coming around together. Dan and his wife … Continue reading How One Cat Colony Led to the Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats

One of the First Trap-Neuter-Return Programs: MRFRS

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society was one of the first organizations in the United States to launch a Trap-Neuter-Return program. It started in 1992 when two concerned residents, Dorothy Fairweather and Jan DeWitt, “approached the president of the local … Continue reading One of the First Trap-Neuter-Return Programs: MRFRS

When Life Throws a Curve Ball … Start a Podcast!

The circumstances of life can sometimes inspire an unexpected choice. After Stacy LeBaron moved to Vermont, she wanted to continue to be involved with community cat programs, but “living in rural Vermont made it hard to get involved with another … Continue reading When Life Throws a Curve Ball … Start a Podcast!

Milestones in Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part Three

Recap: On May 17, I officially launched Allison Helps Cats. Both prior to and since my launch, there have been many milestones that have happened as part of my dream to become a cat behavior consultant. Some of those included taking courses, volunteering services, promoting my business, applying for a scholarship, seeking legal help, and talking with others in the field. In part three of a three-part series, I’ll share the rest of those milestones, to wrap up 2019 and look forward to 2020. Expand my Networking Circles In the fall, my attempts at networking continued to bear fruit. A … Continue reading Milestones in Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part Three

Compassion Fatigue

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and recently completed their course entitled Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consisted of teaching videos by animal experts, instructional handouts, a weekly online mentoring session with the teacher and all students, weekly quizzes, and a major assignment. Throughout the fall, I’ve been sharing highlights here from my studies. In the twelfth and final week of my Principles and Practices course, Jessica Dolce spoke on the topic of compassion fatigue. She defined it, explained why it’s so common in the … Continue reading Compassion Fatigue

Milestones in Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part Two

Recap: On May 17, I officially launched Allison Helps Cats. Both prior to and since my launch, there have been many milestones that have happened as part of my journey to become a cat behavior consultant. Some of those included taking courses, offering my services for free, promoting my business, applying for a scholarship, seeking legal help, and talking with others in the field. In part two of a three-part series, I’ll share more of those milestones, to wrap up 2019, and look ahead to 2020. Start a Facebook Business Page While seeking advice from more experienced cat behavior consultants, … Continue reading Milestones in Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part Two

My Journey to Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part One

At the start of this year, I began to toy with the idea of becoming a cat behavior consultant. Since then, I’ve achieved many milestones on the way to that goal, including the launching of Allison Helps Cats just over six months ago, on May 17. As 2019 draws to a close, I’m going to share several of those milestones in a three-part series. I have two reasons for this, one is so I can remind myself that I’ve made progress towards my goal and the other is so I can share my journey with you. Take a Course on … Continue reading My Journey to Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part One