Rescue (& Shelter) Resources

CHAAMP has been on a journey searching for knowledge and guidance to provide the best for our rescue Malamutes pre and post adoption. As a rescue, we found wonderful resources and FREE programs for non-profits. Here is what we discovered.

Find an advocate who can help navigate and take the lead

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)

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

Register for FREE for the Shelter Playgroup Alliance Workshop

Commit to using rewards based training and handling techniques

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


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

Lili Chen, Artist & Illustrator offers FREE downloadable tip sheets  


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 (

Find a trusted dog trainer that offers a rescue discount.

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 and helped us understand how the environment affects behavior, offer dogs choice, go slow, build trust, and just  b r e a t h e .


Stephanie Peebles leads by example using positive reinforcement, force-free, and fear-free communication skills with humans and animals. CHAAMP works towards this as well. CHAAMP is here to help, not judge. We can't change the past, but we can learn from it and create a better tomorrow.  

Educate yourself and your rescue. 

Find an advocate within your rescue who will take the lead in learning, continuing education, and working with a trusted trainer. CHAAMP signed up for The Pet Professional Guild Geek Week and The Lemonade Conference. Both of these events offer scholarships and reduced cost for rescues. It is a great way to learn from dog professionals worldwide on various subjects and it's the best bang for your buck. 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, we 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. A great way to get ideas to improve the lives of pets in rescue. There is a fee for registration. We highly recommend this.


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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