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It All started in 2008...

It was New Years Eve.  The car in front of me never even hit its brakes as it hit the German Shepherd running across the road .  I watched in horror as the dog went flying through the air and came to rest in the muddy ditch.  I pulled over.  Horrified about what I would find and frantically asking myself who I could call for help. There had to be an agency that responded to situations like this... 

There wasn't.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending and the German Shepherd was only treated for some bumps and scrapes at the emergency clinic I took him to.  But, the situation left a nagging ache in my chest.  Someone should do something about this.  There should be someone to call... So, in 2008, with the help of supportive friends, I became that person. HALO, as I called it, was a non-profit animal ambulance that served the Bay Area of Florida. An animal first responder program was created to teach volunteers the basics of first aid and CPR for animals in emergency situations.  Fast forward to today, 2018, and my passion for serving animals hasn't diminished.  Although the animal ambulance no longer exists, the mission to educate as many pet parents as possible on the life saving emergency skills is alive and well.  A new and revised animal FURST RESPONDER training program aimed at adventurous dogs and their parents, whether on the road or the trail, will be available online in August of 2018. Live classes will be available throughout the US taught by Charlie and me. 

A schedule of dates and locations will be coming soon.