Throughout my life, I’ve always followed my passions of helping people and working with animals with the belief that both had to be separate. I sought out a career in healthcare and worked for a local Emergency Physician group for over 20 years. Additionally, I have also volunteered for numerous organizations working with animals, pet sat for several friends and cared for [at least] two fur babies at home. In 2015, I attended a conference held by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants where I found that there was a path where I could merge my two passions – helping people with their pet problems. Fireworks went off, music played in the background – this was the career for me! I immediately started learning more about how I can effectively help cat owners
There was one pivotal day that really jumped started me into making Alex’s Feline Training and Behavior Consulting my full-time job. I was the manager for an adoption center with a local rescue group and was used to several people coming into the room asking for help on various cat-related issues. One day shortly after attending the conference, there was a woman who came in asking for help with her cat regarding an elimination issue she was having. You could tell she was at the point of getting the problem fixed or get rid of the cat. I was still learning about how to solve behavior issues, and not having ever had to personally deal with behavior issues, I tried my best to help her. While I was talking with her, some guy who introduced himself as a dog trainer jumped into the conversation. I don’t remember exactly what all was said except that two words came out – ‘shock collar’. My heart broke. I felt that I had failed both this woman and cat. That was the moment I decided that I was going to work harder to make sure that this would not happen again. I constantly think about why this one conversation matters so much to me. While one may read several articles online, join FaceBook groups, or try every tip that is offered, some people may find themselves still dealing with the same issue or worse, having a new behavior problem added. That is why I provide every client with step-by-step guidance in addition to a written plan, giving you multiple options that have been tailored to your family, your cat\s, your schedule, and your budget not only to fix the original issue but to also help prevent any other behavior issue from popping up later on.
While working in the Emergency Department I also gained over 20 years of experience working with animals, including field research in primate behavior and ecology in Costa Rica, on-site caregiver for a local horse business, pet sitting, and trained chickens, just to name a few. I received my Cat Trainer Certification, with honors, from the Animal Behavior College in July 2019 and currently own and operate Alex's Feline Training and Behavior Consulting, LLC. I’m also a supporting member of the IAABC, Fear Free Homes, Pet Sitters International, and Pet Professional Guild. In my spare time, I regularly volunteer at the Atlanta Humane Society leading the training program for the Cat Champion Volunteers, present Barn Cat training at AARF TNR workshops, and work with the educational ambassador animals at AWARE, the wildlife hospital and rehab center in Lithonia, GA.
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