Chris Shaughness

author, speaker, animal lover


Christine Palm Shaughness is an author and lecturer on various subjects pertaining to animals.

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After working and volunteering for shelters and animal rescue organizations for over 6 years, I witnessed a great deal of competition, ego, anger, and overall negativity both within the organizations and also from the outside directed towards them. It’s a sad state of affairs to see people who claim to want to help animals with so much hatred for people. It’s counterproductive and ends up hurting the animals because negative press causes donations and adoptions to diminish.

Because of all of this negativity that I have seen, I am on a mission to help spread love to everyone who works with animals. We MUST band together and stop fighting one another! For the sake of the animals.

Beginning on Monday, February 2 2015, I will be holding a bi-weekly Animal Lightworkers call to focus on sending out love and light to the animals and to individuals and groups locally and around the world. More and more people are realizing the power of love and how we can bring about change to this world just by being the change we want to see. Love attracts more love. If you are actively involved with animal welfare – an employee at a shelter/rescue, a volunteer, or helping in any other way – you may be seeing a lot of criticism, judgment, and hatred directed towards individuals or groups. Social media is often a place for tremendous controversy. This negativity does not help the animals. We need to join together, with love, to be able to give more to the animals. By sending love and light to all who want to help animals, I am hoping to transform that negativity so that we can work together to help more animals. Hatred and anger only attracts more hatred; fighting one another does not help. Darkness cannot survive in the light.

In this biweekly conference call, participants will learn how to bring the light from the Universe into themselves and send it to the animals and people who want to help them. Please spread the word that this call to action is happening. If you truly love animals, they need us to be the love that they embody.

Please join us on Monday, February 2 at 7:30pm (EST). The call-in number is 712-775-7031 and the ID is 372-416-395. I invite you also to join the Meetup group so you can get notifications about future calls: Meetup Group for Animal Lightworkers Call

If you are involved with an animal welfare organization, you will appreciate my latest book,  Leadership in Animal Welfare Organizations: Using Positive Dog Training Philosophies to be Better Leaders. The book is based on my many years of experience working and volunteering for animal shelters and rescue organizations, friends and colleagues’ experiences, as well as my over 20 years as a manager in the information systems industry.

The huge numbers of homeless animals are depending on us to help them. This means that animal welfare organizations need excellent leaders to ensure that the organizations are operating optimally. Leadership in Animal Welfare Organizations discusses what happens to organizations when managers use outdated management styles which alienate employees, volunteers, donors, and supporters. The book identifies what it means to be a good leader, the role of the board of directors, and reviews how the theories of positive reinforcement dog training can be used as a parallel to understanding the need for updating management skills to be better leaders.

Learn how leadership in animal welfare organizations needs to be more like positive dog training methods.

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Published in 2010, Chris wrote Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK!, the first and only book written by a pet professional to help adopters of puppy mill survivors. The book contains heartwarming stories and comprehensive advice to help the dogs adjust to life outside of the mill.

Through her experiences and education as a pet behavior specialist, dog trainer and pet massage therapist in addition to the countless hours spent volunteering and working for various animal shelters and rescue groups, she has gained a great deal of knowledge about pet and human behavior.

Chris also co-produced the documentary, Uncaged: Second Chances for Puppy Mill Breeder Dogs. Just released is a version for educators which includes an 8-page study guide.

On this site, you will also find a huge selection of behavior articles written by Chris, as well as the DVD Successful Dog Makeovers, which gives advice on common dog behavior problems. Don’t miss her blog, Capers for Canines, which has even more information for animal lovers.

Thank you for visiting and especially, thank you for caring about the animals.

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