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Rescue (& Shelter) Resources

CHAAMP has been on a journey searching for knowledge and guidance to provide the best for our rescue pre and post adoption. We found resources and FREE programs for non-profits.

Find a professional dog trainer who follows

Designate an advocate who can help navigate and take the lead.

Take Victoria Stilwell Academy’s FREE Starter Course: Building Your Dog’s Confidence

Learn to read dog body language.

Understand how environment conditions affects behavior.

Continued education is key - change is constant.

Create and document processes (Standard Operation Procedures)

Alive & Thriving | Humanenetwork

Get your FREE ebook on Animal Behavior Guide for Animal Shelters plus so many other FREE resources

Register for the Fear Free Shelter Program it's FREE!

Register for FREE for the Shelter Playgroup Alliance Workshop

Shelter Playgroup Alliance Foster and Adopter Resources

Find shelters and rescues from the Socially Conscious Animal Community


Use FREE resources for rescue and adopters (see also "Resources")

Lili Chen, Artist & Illustrator, Doggie Drawings

offers FREE downloadable tip sheets, click at the bottom for Other Languages


FREE resources for 501(c)(3) non-profit Shelter or Rescue Organization Scholarship (Office 365 FREE for non-profits)

Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training

(provides free training services to individuals and facilities that require training and cannot afford it.)

Techsoup offers discounts on software, hardware, Adobe, Zoom, etc. 

FREE Salesforce CRM for nonprofits

FREE Canva for nonprofits (create beautiful posts and brochures)

FREE Online Training

The Shelter Playgroup Alliance Educational Program

They also have FREE PDF guides for Inter-Dog Playgroup Guidelines & Resources

Shelter or Rescue Organization Scholarship (

Instinct Dog Behavior & Training FREE online classes

Free Online Dog Courses (

Maddie's Fund FREE Resources for rescue and shelters

Find a professional certified dog trainer that follows guidelines.

We asked Peaceable Paws, Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA who is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild to help us find a trainer near us. She referred us to Stephanie Peebles. Stephanie is so Zenful, that even the humans felt all our stress go away by her mere presence. CHAAMP owes so much to Stephanie who opened our eyes to reading dog body language and to slow down. She also explained the importance of how the environment affects behavior, offering dogs choice, go slow, build trust, and just  b r e a t h e .


Stephanie Peebles leads by example using positive reinforcement and KINDNESS in her communication with humans and animals. CHAAMP works towards this as well. We are here to share knowledge and resources. We provide you with a different option to collaborate with furry companions. We can't change the past, but we can learn from it and create a better tomorrow.  

Commit to learning. 

Find an advocate within your rescue who will take the lead in continuing education. Reach out to professional dog trainers and ask if there is an opportunity to shadow. If you have the heart and make a commitment, mentorship opportunities are a great way to learn. You may even become a dog trainer yourself!


CHAAMP signed up for The Pet Professional Guild EVENTS and The Aggression in Dogs Conference. It is the most economical way to learn from dog professionals worldwide on various subjects. See a full list of training events that CHAAMP attends under "Training Events" under Resources.

CHAAMP is a Shelter and Rescue Member of The Pet Professional Guild ("PPG").

In 2019, the PPG announced the Pet Rescue Resource Program designed by the Rescue and Shelter Division and supported by Jean Donaldson and the Academy for Dog Trainers

The Pet Rescue Resource provides toolkits designed to improve adoption and retention rates such as: articles, step-by-step training plans, and videos addressing common behavior and welfare issues. 


Fear Free Shelters Program **FREE** online training course

ASPCApro provides training, research, and resources.


Programs & Operations:

Tools & Tips:

In July 2021, Mimi enrolled in Trish McMillan's Shelter Dog Behavior Mentorship Virtual training. This intensive course covers all aspects of shelter behavior, from intake to post-adoption support. You will have access to a network of rescue and shelter staff during/after the program. We highly recommend this course, especially if you are new to rescue and shelter.  There is a fee for registration. 


We also watch a lot of YouTube videos!

We listen to podcasts (see complete list at Free Dog Training Resources)

Learn how to read dog body language.

If you made it this far, thank you for caring and taking a step towards learning to create a better world for dogs under your care. There is so much learn, but dogs are worth it! If you would like to chat or have questions, I am happy to share information. Please email at or send a message via Instagram or Facebook links are found below. Thank you for caring! You are not alone.


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