Baypath offers a lecture series for the community at large – leveraging sponsorships from Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Middlesex Savings Bank to draw and fund several accomplished speakers. Workshops and lectures are offered two to four times every year. In our last series alone (pre-pandemic), there were more than 180 attendees across three lectures, including shelter workers and volunteers, animal control officers, trainers, community members, and law enforcement officials.
A key part of the mission is to increase awareness about the importance of animal health and welfare. Education is key to helping address many animal care issues – from giving families the tools to understand their pet’s behavior to supporting animal protection legislation.
Baypath networks with top animal welfare professionals around the country and develops materials to educate pet owners on humane ways to address common behavior issues such as barking, counter surfing, and separation anxiety.
Research shows that some of the most common reasons people surrender a pet are financial hardship, housing issues, and behavioral problems. Resources are also dedicated to helping pet owners keep their pet as they go through difficult times. Community programs including low-cost veterinary care and pet-friendly housing are utilized to help keep the pet and the owner together. For pet owners struggling with their animal’s behavior, Baypath provides phone support and will connect them with certified canine or feline behavior consultants on the team.
Past speakers and topics have included:
Talks on hot legislative topics in Massachusetts.
Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore
Talks on animal cruelty laws in Massachusetts.
Catherine Sakakeeny, DVM, DACVECC
Tips on emergency pet care.