About Glen Wild Animal Rescue
We work very hard to provide a safe haven for the animals that come to us for help. Glen Wild Animal Rescue recently came to the aid of some dogs that lived at a local sanctuary and had no where to go when the place they called home for many years was slated to be closed. These dogs have been relocated to Glen Wild Animal Rescue and will live out the rest of their lives here in a safe and loving environment.
A large part of what we do is teach children and young adults how to properly care for their pets, how to help the stray animals in their community, and how to be safe around pets. This is a valuable service and we are very proud of the work we do.
Currently we are working with teens in a juvenile detention center in South Kortright NY. The program brings shelter dogs to a correctional housing facility for troubled teens ranging in age from 13-18. Teens work one-on-one with a shelter dog and Liz Keller, CEO of Glen Wild Animal Rescue, a NYS not-for-profit. Initially, a pilot program has focused on the Allen Residential Center Youth Leadership Academy. A second unit is starting the shelter dog program in June.
The Sergeant Henry Johnson Youth Leadership Academy is operated by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. The facility works with 13 to 18 year old males who have been placed by the courts for crimes they have committed. The majority of the youth placed at the facility are from the five boroughs of New York City.
In July 2008 the facility began operating a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) unit. DBT is a form of cognitive behavior therapy developed by Marsha Linehan for use with those individuals with borderline personality disorder. Over the years DBT has been adapted to a number of settings and mental health issues to include the types of youth at the Academy. Generally speaking the youth placed in the DBT unit are those who display emotion disregulation: They get emotional very quickly over seemingly small issues and stay that way a long time. The basic components to DBT are Skills Training, Individual Therapy and Coaching in the Milieu.
An overarching goal of DBT is to change the behavior of clients through positive reinforcement, not unlike using treats and clickers during animal training. In fact the staff at the facility who attended the intensive training were required to learn clicker training techniques to get a good understanding of the proper timing and application of reinforcement.
In late July Liz Keller offered to do dog obedience training with the youth placed at the facility. After numerous conversations it was clear that this needed to be done. We were working with the same client, an abused and damaged individual who needed to learn how to manage their emotions. We began the dog training program with the DBT unit in late August 2008.
We have completed one year of training and humane education lectures. During the cycle of training the youth learned clicker training techniques and were able to teach the dogs they were training some basic commands which provided a source of self-esteem for them. Having my staff observe the training I was then able to discuss and reinforce in them the importance of the use of timing in the therapy they were applying to the youth. Not to be discounted, the weekly training also provides a break from the daily routine and an opportunity for the youth to be kids. The bond that forms between the teens and the shelter dogs is divine.
In order to continue our work we need your help. The animals need us and we need you. Please donate now.
About Liz Keller
Liz is the CEO of Glen Wild Animal Rescue and founder of an animal communication business. Liz has been working for 25 years in the animal welfare industry. Liz Keller and Glen Wild Animal Rescue received national attention when an abused puppy named Miracle came into Liz’s life seeking medical attention. Liz was able to connect with his Spirit Energy and along with help from many supporters, Miracle was able to recover. Miracle lives happily with Liz in her home in Delaware County. This lifetime of work has led Liz into the area of animal communication and Liz has been able to help many pets and pet owners.
If you’d like to support the work we do, please send a check to:
Glen Wild Animal Rescue Corp.
South Kortright, N.Y. 13842
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