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ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team

Dr. Pamela Reid

Dr. Pamela Reid
Vice President, Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team

Dr. Pamela Reid is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. She oversees the evaluation and proper placement of animals seized in dog fighting, puppy mill and hoarding cases. Dr. Reid has played an integral role in many high-profile operations, including the evaluation of Michael Vick’s dogs, as well as dogs from the largest dog fighting raid in the nation’s history—commonly known as the “Missouri 500.” She and her team have responded with the ACBT to numerous natural disasters and have evaluated and cared for thousands of displaced animals.

Dr. Reid received her Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in animal learning and behavior from the University of Toronto. She established a successful referral practice, Animal Behaviour Services, Inc., in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Reid lectures on animal behavior and training worldwide. She has served on committees for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Delta Society, American Humane Association, and the Humane Society of the United States on topics relating to canine learning and dog training. Dr. Reid has served on the ABS Board of Professional Certification and was a special consultant to the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers.

Dr. Reid is also a successful dog trainer. Her Saluki, Shaahiin, was the first Saluki to earn a USDAA agility title, and, for 12 years held the record as the only Saluki to hold a Flyball Championship title. Her Border Collie, Ciaran, earned Dog World awards for obedience scores over 195 and won several classes at USDAA national agility events. Dr. Reid’s Border-Border Eejit, is a two-time USDAA National Steeplechase Champion, and a three-time USDAA Regional DAM Team Champion.

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Kristen CollinsKristen Collins
Director, Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation

Kristen Collins oversees the operation of the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center. Collins and her staff implement targeted behavior modification treatments designed to reduce fear and anxiety, with the goals of improving the well-being of neglected, undersocialized dogs and helping them become suitable for adoption. The team also documents rehabilitation procedures and tracks progress, collecting data that will serve as the basis for a formal research study. They look forward to sharing their findings with other animal welfare organizations that work with dogs from similar backgrounds.

Prior to her assignment at the Rehabilitation Center, Collins focused on the assessment and proper placement of animals seized in dogfighting, puppy mill and hoarding cases. As part of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team (ACBT), she conducted specialized behavior evaluations to ensure the best outcome for victims of animal cruelty and provide supporting evidence for prosecution. She is an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and holds a master’s degree in applied animal behavior from the University of Illinois. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia. In 2005, she graduated valedictorian and with honors from the San Francisco SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers.

Collins shares her home in West Orange, NJ, with three dogs: Juno, Wink and Toefu.

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Dr. Kat Miller

Dr. Katherine (Kat) Miller, Ph.D.
Director, Anti-Cruelty Behavior Research

Dr. Kat Miller is Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Research at the ASPCA, and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She works with the Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team both in the field and at the ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, working with special populations of animals including those rescued from puppy mills, dog-fighting rings, hoarding situations, and natural disasters.

Her work involves addressing the behavioral needs of the animals while in the care of the ASPCA, including conducting behavior evaluations, providing environmental enrichment, and assisting in the rehabilitation of behaviorally challenged animals. Dr. Miller guides the Team’s research regarding the assessment, care, and rehabilitation of these animals. She also conducts outreach with the public and professional community to share current, science-based information on the behavior and welfare of companion and farmed animals.

Dr. Miller received her Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from the University of California, Davis. Her research has been published in notable journals and has been presented at international conferences, and she is also quoted frequently in the media.

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Sharon Wirant Manager, ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior ServicesSharon Wirant
Manager, ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Services

Sharon Wirant works with the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team (ACBT) to behaviorally assess victims of cruelty cases. She works closely with the Field Investigations and Response Team, acts as a liaison for Response Partner agencies, manages a consultant base of Behavior Leads, assists with the Rehabilitation Center and participates in ACBT educational efforts.

Wirant teaches and conducts SAFER® Aggression Assessments for the Community Outreach department. She teaches the Canine-ality Adoption Program, which helps to match shelter dogs with adopters based on behavior.

Previously, Wirant served as Chief Operating Officer at the Monadnock Humane Society in West Swanzey, New Hampshire. Wirant’s work on the urinary behavior of dogs has appeared in the journal, Applied Animal Behaviour Science on several occasions. Wirant earned both a B.A. in biological sciences and neuroscience and an M.A. in biological sciences with a specialization in animal behavior from Smith College. She is an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Behavior Consultant Canine and a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.

Wirant resides in New Hampshire with her husband, Mark, seven dogs, three barn cats and 18 sheep. Wirant and her husband are active competitors in the sport of dog agility and dabble in sheep herding with their three border collies.

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Jill TuthillJill Tuthill
Rehabilitation Counselor

Jill Tuthill coordinates behavioral rehabilitation for under-socialized and fearful dogs, collects data during rehabilitation treatments and provides follow-up support for families who adopted Rehab Center graduates.

Prior to her work at the Rehabilitation Center, Tuthill was Senior Animal Behavior Counselor in the Behavior Department at the ASPCA Adoption Center. Hired in January 2008, her duties included behavior evaluations, behavior modification for shelter dogs, classes for volunteers and adopters, consultations with potential adopters, and finding alternative placement for dogs that didn't meet Adoption Center criteria or were not thriving in the shelter environment.

Tuthill attended State University of New York College at Oneonta and graduated with a degree in music business. She worked for a music talent booking agency for eight years before deciding to work with dogs. She attended the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, graduating with a Certificate in Training and Counseling. Tuthill earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer certification in March 2008. She is the proud owner of three dogs: Josie, a Boston Terrier, and two "ASPCA Specials"—Lloyd, a scruffy mutt, and Woo, a toy poodle.

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Cheryl SuydamCheryl Suydam
Rehabilitation Counselor

Cheryl Suydam is responsible for conducting behavioral evaluations at the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center. She also helps to shape and implement the Rehab Center’s behavior modification protocols.

Suydam has been training dogs since 2000 She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a titled Rally Obedience competitor. She began her dog training career as an instructor at The Seeing Eye, but transitioned to pet dog training in 2003. In 2005, she graduated with honors from the San Francisco SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers. That same year, she joined St. Hubert’s Dog Training School in Madison, New Jersey where she taught both group and private lessons for over six years. Suydam previously owned her own dog training business where she offered private training, group classes and dog bite prevention seminars to children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology from Rutgers University.

Suydam shares her home in Califon, New Jersey with her two dogs: Roscoe, an Australian Shepherd mix, and Tallulah, a heeler mix and rehabilitation center graduate. A menagerie of two-leggeds rounds out her family.

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Renee DunawayRenee Dunaway
Rehabilitation Coordinator

Renee Dunaway provides behavioral rehabilitation for extremely fearful dogs rescued from cruelty cases at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center. She also collects data and video for the Center's research study. Dunaway has six years of dog handling and training experience and 14 years of operations and marketing experience. She previously worked as a part-time behavior counselor for Anti-Cruelty Group dogs at the ASPCA Adoption Center, and volunteered at several animal protection organizations.

Prior to joining the ASPCA, Dunaway was Manager of Operations and Marketing at a private equity firm, and has produced award-winning digital marketing and communications design for top financial and entertainment companies. Dunaway earned a Bachelor of Science in cinema and photography from Ithaca College and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Her marvelous mixed breed dog named Super Ty the Rock Star (ATD, RN, CGC) is a titled trick dog and AKC Rally competitor, and enjoys nosework and hiking.

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Lauren Zverina

Lauren Zverina
Rehabilitation Coordinator

Lauren Zverina, who has worked for the ASPCA since 2012, implements behavior modification protocols for fearful animals, as well as collects and reports data as part of the Center’s three-member treatment team. She previously served as an Enrichment Coordinator for the Rehabilitation team.

In her previous role at the ASPCA, she answered animal behavior inquiries from pet parents and assisted with enrichment and behavior modification for dogs rescued from dog fighting. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University and holds a Master’s degree in Animal Sciences, with an emphasis in animal welfare and behavior, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Zverina is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She lives in New Jersey with her rescue dog, Greta, and two cats, Luna and Rylie.

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Katherine Good

Katherine Good
Enrichment Coordinator

Good provides physical and psychological enrichment for dogs at the Rehabilitation Center. She also conducts behavior evaluations, implements behavior modification and manages medical treatments for the dogs in the program. Good is president of an all-volunteer nonprofit animal rescue group.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where she also studied the music industry. In Los Angeles, she worked in public relations and production for entertainment industry companies such as VH1, Paramount, and 42West. She became a shelter volunteer and foster mom shortly after moving to New York, and soon held positions at Animal Care & Control of New York City and The Animal Medical Center. Katherine has fostered 21 animals. She has a cat, Butters, and a dog, Elphie.

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Jessica Sweeney

Jessica Sweeney
Administrative Coordinator

Jessica Sweeney is responsible for overseeing all administrative duties for the Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team and Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s. In addition to administrative functions, she also helps run the Center’s volunteer program. A graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business, Sweeney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing, and her previous work experience includes market research and finance. She has extensive administrative experience, having previously worked as a project manager at a large banking institution and an associate research manager at a small firm. Prior to joining the team, Sweeney volunteered for the ASPCA as a foster parent and kitten syringe feeder, which she continues to do on weekends.