Virginia Hamilton is an award-winning classroom teacher, Certified Humane Education Specialist, and founder of Canine Commandos in Brevard County, Florida. Canine Commandos teaches basic obedience to shelter dogs, improving adoption rates while providing students with memorable, hands-on life skills experiences. Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots to learn how Canine Commandos is making an impact for students and animals in Florida. You'll also discover how Virginia has developed meaningful relationships with community partners and hear her guidance for educators who would like to do something similar in their school districts.
It was wonderful to chat with Dezarae Jones-Hartwig, board member at the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE). APHE is a membership organization that promotes humane education and provides professional development, resources, and networking for those who foster empathy toward people, animals, and the environment. Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots to learn about APHE's rich history, annual conference, and the many unique benefits of membership.
On episode 14, we welcome Nicky Wetzelberger, Community Outreach Director at Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR). For 30 years, DEFHR has been making a difference for horses throughout Maryland in the United States. Their mission is not only to rescue and rehabilitate suffering horses, but to prevent abuse and neglect through education and community outreach. DEFHR offers a wide variety of educational programs and internships, providing opportunities for experiential learning. DEFHR also shares online resources for learning about equine welfare, rescue, and rehabilitation. Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots to learn about DEFHR's history, unique education programs, and inspirational stories of success with both humans and horses.
It was an absolute pleasure to speak with Dr. Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and author of many essential books on animal behavior and our relationships with animals. Marc is not only a trusted voice for non-human animals, he is also a steadfast supporter of humane education. Listen to our latest episode to learn more about compassionate conservation, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program, and Marc's perspective on humane education. You'll also hear some helpful tips from Marc's latest books, Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do, and Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (with Jessica Pierce).
It was a privilege to talk with Jessie Miller, the founder of EPIC Outreach and author of two humane-themed children's picture books. EPIC Outreach is a nonprofit organization with a mission to create a kinder world for people, animals, and the planet by inspiring compassion for all things. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, EPIC Outreach offers humane education and other outreach services to make a difference for animals and people in need. Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots to learn how EPIC Outreach is positively impacting people and animals in their community. You'll also learn about Jessie's books, Chance: Wings of Hope and Winnie: A Wet and Windy Adventure.
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