Connie Back

Has shared her home with Boxers for 25 years. She's an active member of the Boxer Club of Louisiana, American Boxer Club, Louisiana Kennel Club, Deep South All Breed Obedience Club, Visiting Pet Program of New Orleans, a Board Member of American Boxer Rescue and President and founder of Louisiana Boxer Rescue, a 501(c)(3) organization. She is a certified American Kennel Club "Canine Good Citizen" evaluator. Connie has rescued and rehabilitated Boxers for 14 years and with the help of others has placed over 500 unwanted Boxers.

Lee Gaffney

Knows that behavior problems are the #1 reason animals are brought into the shelter. She developed the obedience training program in 1997 as a former LA/SPCA employee. Lee has been active with the Visiting Pet Animal Assisted Therapy Program for more than 19 years, serving as President for 10 years and now currently serving on the Board as PR Coordinator. Lee's philosophy of training is that it not only builds confidence in the dogs as they achieve each goal, but it also builds a much stronger connection between human and canine.

Melissa Ellis

Melissa has eleven years experience training dogs in obedience, behavioral modification, search and rescue work (SAR), detection, and flyball. Her SAR career started in 2001 with a Catahoula that she trained for human remains detection (HRD). In 2006, Melissa added a Golden Retriever to her family and began training her for HRD. Melissa has deployed with her HRD dogs all over the world, including the Lower 9th Ward following Hurricane Katrina, Aruba and Iraq. She is a founding member and the current Vice President of Bay Area Recovery K9s of FL and a founding member and current President of the National Organization Certifying Search and Rescue.

Roger Bergez

Roger began his dog training education in 1972 with his rescued dog, Valentine. Although Roger used traditional dog training methods for years, his discovery of clicker training pioneer Karen Pryor’s book 'Don’t Shoot the Dog' and noted dog behaviorist Jean Donaldson’s 'The Culture Clash,' led him to reconsider his previous understanding of dogs and begin a study of the science of dog behavior and learning. Since 2008, Roger has assisted, and been mentored by, well-known positive reinforcement trainer, Gallivan Burwell, CTC, CPDT-KA, who studied with Jean Donaldson at the Academy for Dog Trainers in San Francisco. Roger now brings his skill and humane focus to the LA/SPCA, offering dog lovers dog friendly training methods that are rooted in the scientific principles of how animals learn.

Maria Fernandez

Maria has been working with dogs in the areas of obedience and agility for the past 9 years. She and her sheltie Skye have earned many titles in agility, obedience and rally. Maria is an avid dog lover and the owner of 4 dogs. She actively competes with her two younger shelties, and continues to work with her rescue husky mix who is now 13 years old. Maria has taught and continues to teach both obedience and agility classes in our area. She enjoys teaching and loves working with dogs.









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