My Pet Custody work grew organically from my twenty-five years experience working as an animal behaviorist and dog trainer. I experienced firsthand the effect on dogs and cats when a custody decision was made based on the people’s emotions, legal guidelines, or someone winning the fight. Seeing a real need for divorcing couples to get specific guidance and support on what would be in the best interest of the pets during such a challenging time is why I offer this service. Growing up, I was fortunate to have a mother who worked as a mediator and a father who was a therapist. Resolving struggles through fair discussions and seeing situations from different perspectives has always been inherent in my life; not taking sides in a conflict always came naturally to me. I took this ability into my work as an animal behaviorist; working as a translator between people and pets, describing the world from the animal’s point of view so their owners could better make sense of their challenging behavior.
In addition, my years of study in the field of psychotherapy have enabled me to work with the layered reality of people, as well as animals, making me uniquely suited to support and help clients navigate the emotional and challenging decisions about pet custody.
Although no one intends to, for some couples, the worst in them comes out during a divorce, including using beloved cats and dogs as a weapon without even realizing it. In that situation, my job is to stay in the midpoint between the separating couple and the pets, guiding the discussion and decision so that the animal’s best interests are kept in the forefront as much as the people’s wishes. In this way the ‘fight’ can move away from the pet custody and allow for a more peaceful resolution for all.
My clients who are in a more amicable separation contact me because they want the perspective of an animal expert to decide what the best long-term situation is for the animal’s wellbeing going forward.
Having been through a divorce myself I know how confusing and frustrating it can be to figure out how to move on when you never planned for your life to take that sort of turn. Let me be there for your pets, and for you, to support this part of the process.
My goal is to help you determine the best custody solution for your pets, based on their unique character, personality and relationship to you.
Please feel free to contact me. We can discuss your situation to see if and how I can help you.