Amnesty for Cruel “Training Equipment” on Second Annual International Day of the Dog

Grayslake, IL (April 21, 2007)—Save-A-Pet Adoption Center and Peaceful Paws LLC have teamed up to denounce inhumane training aids and host an event to celebrate the second annual International Day of the Dog (IDOD). The event will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2007 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Save-A-Pet, located at 31665 N. Fairfield Road in Grayslake, IL. Attendees are encouraged to turn in choke chains, prong collars, electric collars and other painful devices in exchange for a gift. Approaches for working with animals without using force or violence will also be presented.

Initiated in 2006 by Jan Fennell, the Dog Listener, International Day of the Dog is dedicated to celebrating the special bond between people and dogs, in addition to bringing awareness and putting an end to the harsh treatment of dogs and their owners in the name of “training”. Last year, IDOD was celebrated in Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela, South Africa, numerous countries across Europe, and in the U.S. and Canada.

Many trainers advocate using harsh techniques such as “leash corrections”—quick, firm jerks on the leash when a dog does something undesirable—or using equipment like citronella collars, spike collars, or electric shock collars to try to control an uncooperative dog. “What many owners don’t realize is that the use of force is not only unnecessary, but often results in aggression or fearfulness on the dog’s part,” says Mary Lynne Doleys, training consultant and founder of Peaceful Paws LLC. “This is counterproductive to training and damaging to the relationship. There is no place for pain or fear in a learning environment.”

Karen Rappaport, president of Save-A-Pet’s Board of Directors adds, “At the shelter, we regularly see the results of inhumane training methods in the form of dogs who are relinquished because they have become fearful or aggressive to such an extent that the owners can’t handle them. We would love to see this come to an end.”

To kick off the event at noon, Doleys will speak and answer questions on humane training. At 1:00 p.m., Reiki practitioner Linda Epstein and animal communicator Carol Schultz will demonstrate the effects of Reiki and EFT energetic modalities on companion animals. Beginning at 2:00 p.m., Rappaport will speak about the benefits of adopting shelter animals, while volunteers show dogs who are up for adoption.


About Karen Rappaport and Save-A-Pet Adoption Center

Founded in 1972, Save-A-Pet is a not-for-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to finding loving, quality homes for each cat and dog in its care. The shelter strives to create an environment which enhances awareness and support for the humane treatment of animals. Pets are sheltered indefinitely while volunteers socialize them, nurture them back to health, and help improve their behavior. The shelter also works to educate the public on the serious animal overpopulation problem that exists in Illinois in the hope of some day eradicating the problem. Save-A-Pet places nearly 2,000 pets each year and can house up to 300 dogs and cats. Karen Rappaport has served as president of the board since 2001.

For further information about Save-A-Pet, visit the website at or call 847-740-7788.

About Mary Lynne Doleys and Peaceful Paws LLC

Peaceful Paws founder Mary Lynne Doleys travels North America consulting with owners who need help with their dogs' behavior or want to get a new puppy off to a good start. She was the first American certified by Jan Fennell, author of international bestseller The Dog Listener, to provide consultations using her non-violent, force free approach, Amichien® Bonding. Doleys is one of a select number of consultants worldwide whom Fennell has deemed Recommended Associate Dog Listeners. She also has studied with Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses”, to deepen her understanding and skill in non-violent work with animals. Doleys regularly consults with local shelters and helps rehabilitate rescue dogs—using Amichien® Bonding—to assist them in becoming more easily adoptable.

For further information about Peaceful Paws or International Day of the Dog, please visit or call Mary Lynne Doleys at 224-210-0201.


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