You may also register for any class by calling us at 518-434-8128 ext. 207.
Cat Care 101 Tara Estra, DVM
Helpful for both new and experienced cat parents, this program will cover vaccinations, nutrition, grooming, play, enrichment and more.
Does My Dog Need Training? Nancy Haynes, MHHS Director of Animal Behavior & Enrichment
Program will address questions related to dog training and behavior.
Dog Care 101 Tara Estra, DVM
Session will be valuable to new and experienced dog owners alike. Learn the facts about vaccines, the importance of a good diet, tips on care and grooming, and behavioral enrichment for dogs.
Living with Wildlife Elena Rizzo, President, Into the Wild Inc.
Attendees will learn how to prevent common issues with wildlife and how to use cost-effective, humane solutions in the event of conflict. The presentation will also cover how and when to intervene to help injured and orphaned wildlife.
Take Action for Animals: Animal Legislation & Advocacy Libby Post, Executive Director, New York State Animal Protection Federation
Participants will learn about current legislative efforts and how to can become an advocate for animals.
What to Expect When You're Expecting...a New Pet! Nancy Haynes, MHHS Director of Animal Behavior & Enrichment
This session is perfect for the first-time pet owner and will address considerations for anyone looking to adopt a new animal companion.
Tara Estra, DVM
Dr. Estra is a graduate of Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has particular interests in small-animal nutrition, pain management, dermatology, internal medicine and behavior. Dr. Estra has been a guest lecturer at Veterinary Centers of America (VCA), the Capital District Veterinary Medical Society's continuing education program and Cornell. She has been an active volunteer with Guiding Eyes for the Blind since 1996, raising and training guide dog puppies and providing veterinary care for the Capital District region of Guiding Eyes. Dr. Estra spent eight years prior to veterinary school as an award-winning producer of television news and documentaries in New York City.
Nancy began her career with animals as an animal control officer. She has been working hands-on with the animals at MHHS for more than a decade. Nancy has been integral to the development and management of rescue, foster and assessment programs, and is involved in all of the Society's cruelty investigation efforts. As the Director of Behavior & Enrichment, her focus is meeting the physical and psychological needs of the animals in our care. Nancy is also a Certified Obedience Trainer through ABTA (Animal Behavior & Training Associates), now known as ABC (Animal Behavior College), and is certified in the ASPCA's SAFER (Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming) Aggression Assessment.
Libby is Executive Director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation, the voice of the state's humane societies, SPCAs, animal shelters and animal welfare organizations. She is the president of Communication Services, a boutique political communications firm that specializes in libraries, health care, advocacy and electoral politics. She has a long history as an advocate and activist in the LGBTQ community and is founder of Empire State Pride Agenda. She is a commentator and regular panelist on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio's The Roundtable.
The founder and president of Into the Wild, Inc., Elena Rizzo is dually licensed by the NYSDEC as a Class II rabies vector species certified wildlife rehabilitator and nuisance wildlife control operator. Elena owned and operated a humane wildlife control company for two years and worked as a communicable disease epidemiologist with New York State for more than 10 years, both prior to joining Animal Help Now as Research Director & Rehabilitator Liaison in 2014.