Animal Welfare


The Human – Animal connection is amazing to me. I love this photo of this pup reaching out to connect and play. We know that she fully relies on her human caretakers to provide food, shelter and hopefully, veterinary care. In return she supplies unconditional love and devotion.

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The backstory to my love for animals is years spent with my grandfather Harvey. For 25 years, Harvey was the senior officer of the Riverside Humane Society. On weekends I would visit the shelter and sit in the puppy bins playing with the puppies, or go to the cat adoption area to play with the kittens and adoptable cats. Outside, there was an area where they would take in larger animals including, goats, monkeys, and horses. During the week I would "take call" with my grandfather and respond to the reprehensible acts of human cruelty against animals. We would respond to circus shows, horseback riding stables, puppy mills and the likes. It is not my intent to bum you out so I will spare you the hideous stories. However, having seen so much, I decided to commit a huge part of my life to animal welfare. Included on this page are ways you can get involved.

PETA has an undeserved bad reputation. Having scrutinized them carefully I can attest to the fact that they are lawful, civil, compassionate and reasonable when advocating for animal rights. The key word is ETHICAL, and that is their focus. Center for Healthcare Education has worked closely with PETA this past year to encourage hospitals and other educational institutions to stop using kittens and ferrets in their training labs. These institutions end up destroying the animals after they have macerated their airways with ET tubes, cut holes in their chests, inserted needles into their bones, etc, etc. Our position as one of the largest AHA training centers in the world is that this training can better be accomplished with manikins, simulation, media, etc. There are no similarities of an infant's airway to a cat or a ferret with sharp incisors and a long tongue… be the judge (see photo). If you are a healthcare provider we encourage you to NOT participate in animal labs for your training.

"A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal...." Proverbs 12:10

dispatchRead Cindy's latest Op-Ed reference the cruel use of live kittens and ferrets in PALS classes

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To learn more and to contribute to the ASPCA  visit the web site by Clicking Here.

If you are from the Southern California area an organization that is worthy of volunteer time and donations is the Riverside Pet Adoption Center.

Center for Healthcare Education is committed to keeping animals in the community safe. This includes providing leashes and vaccinations for the pets of the homeless. It is tragic to see an animal in harm's way in traffic or other dangerous situations. Something as simple as a leash and education can save the life of a pet. If you would like to contribute or volunteer your time in this effort please contact the Center.


The discovery of a lost pet is a horrible feeling……..take measures to make sure that your pet will be returned to you. Tattooing, and Microchip insertion are two ways to help reunite you with your pet. Nationwide, Veterinarians, Pet Stores and Breeders are capable of "scanning" your pet for a microchip. These chips cost ~ $30, are the size of a grain of rice, do not hurt the animal on insertion and are invaluable in providing the information via a national database to return your pet.