Students Saving Lives

Dog Training students volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society in Mission Hills, CA.
Animal Behavior College Dog Training Students volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society in Mission Hills, CA.

The Humane Society of the United States (May 2013), estimates 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year and approximately 2.7 million of them are euthanized, even though they are considered healthy and adoptable.

It’s been said that one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic. At Animal Behavior College (ABC), we do not agree with that and we are doing something to help prevent such wonderful animals from becoming death-row dogs and cats.  

The “Students Saving Lives” program at Animal Behavior College is part of the school’s international campaign to improve shelter dog rehabilitation and adoption. All students in the ABC certified dog trainer instructor program are asked to volunteer at least 10 hours of training time to a local shelter, humane society or rescue organization. Since 2004, more than 7,800 ABC students have donated in excess of 92,000 hours to animal shelters and rescue facilities across North America helping pets find forever homes.

I’d be happy to connect you with actual students within specific geographic areas who are currently saving lives at shelters and rescues. In addition, ABC’s founder and CEO Steven Appelbaum is available to discuss how the “Student Saving Lives” program came together, why it was created, and how the program reduces the amount of animals who become death-row dogs and cats.

Steven, a trainer for 30+ years, is a lecturer, consultant and contributing podcast co-host for “Love that Dog Hollywood.” I will call to follow up in few days.


About ABC: Animal Behavior College was founded in 1998 and the school’s unique structure incorporates a distance-learning and hands-on externship-training model. ABC offers courses for certified dog training, pet grooming and veterinary assistants in all 50 states and every Canadian province, making it the largest vocational school of its kind in North America.   Beginning in January 2013, ABC now offers an onsite classroom program for certified dog training. The second, six-month session began on June 24.


  1. Tina Webb says

    I am desperate and need help with my 1 yr old shephard/collie mix who is dog aggresive and snarls at even us. We have had him since 6 weeks old. He is extremely smart and energetic but too much for us to handle with 2 other dogs in the house and working full time jobs. I need to find someone to home him but no rescue groups will take him due to his aggresive dominant nature. I won’t dare put him in a shelter since I love him and don’t trust they won’t euthinize him for aggression. He has no manners with other animals beside our own dogs whom he grew up with. I am in Knoxville, TN. I can’t afford $150 /hr behaviorist. PLEASE HELP

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