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Animal Behavior College (ABC) dog training students have volunteered more 73,000 hours to help shelter dogs throughout the United States and Canada through the "Students Saving Lives" program.
Students use techniques learned through their vocational training at ABC to help socialize the dogs.
ABC graduate Catherine Intoci of Carlsbad, California, volunteered at the San Diego County North Shelter. "I also volunteer for the shelter’s 'Pit Crew' which is a partnership that they have with Best Friends Animal Society," Intoci said. "I take the dog into the community to walk with it and talk with people about the benefits of adopting shelter animals. It really helps educate the public about how friendly and adoptable these animals really are. It’s so amazing to watch the dogs get placed in loving homes."
Since 2004, more than 6,200 students have participated in ABC's successful program to help shelters train their dogs for adoption.
"Students Saving Lives is the single most rewarding project that I have ever set in motion throughout my entire career in the animal industry," said Debbie Kendrick, Vice President of ABC. "I have witnessed first-hand the countless happy ‘tail-wagging’ endings our students have made possible. I am proud to be associated with such a dedicated group of individuals who donate their own time and newly acquired dog training skills to help shelter dogs find forever homes."