"The end of animal suffering requires the ascendance, not just of vast concern, but of vast capability."
- Rain Jordan
While we as a society continue to make great progress in technology and most other fields, the field of animal welfare lags sorely behind. Too many pets face a life of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Protect Them All offers enduring programs to improve the lives of animals and their humans—because true love = kindness + responsibility.
Develop and provide services to improve protection of companion animals (specifically but not exclusively canines), help elevate their well-being and status in society, and increase lifesaving without the use of intimidation, force, fear, or pain-leveraging methods and tools. PTA’s public awareness & education programs seek to decrease abuse, harm, abandonment, and neglect and increase care, safety, and well-being.
We view “rescue” as a principle that guides myriad practices leading to safe, well, and happy animals. Protect Them All therefore offers a variety of programs aimed at lifesaving via the protection of companion animals, education of their humans, and elevation of their societal status. Each of our projects is one star in a constellation of humane, anti-aversives education, training, and emotional/behavioral literacy programs for companion canines and their humans. Through these, we work toward a day when the revolving doors of suffering and surrender are replaced with completely capable forever homes.
Protect Them All believes that every dog, cat, and companion animal has the right to live in a safe and safe feeling environment protected from dangers and threats to their well being, to be provided with an anti-aversives lifestyle free from force, pain, intimidation, and fear-causing or leveraging, and to have each of their individual needs met. We consider it our obligation to be vigilant, to educate, and to work toward eliminating aversive tools and methods in the care, treatment, handling, training, and behavior modification of animals.
While PTA understands that no one is perfect and that not all aversives can be avoided at all times since some aversives are not under our control and definition, an anti-aversives stance is a commitment to do everything possible to avoid aversives for the animal. Generally, an aversive is anything that an animal would behave to avoid or escape if s/he could. However, we also consider that some things are inherently aversive: Shock collars (aka remote collars, electric collars, electrified fences and other products, “stim,” “tens,” “vibration,” anti-bark devices, “invisible” fencing, et cetera, no matter what the euphemism is) and/or any other type of shock, choke collars/tightening equipment, pain, force, compulsion, intimidation, scare or startle methods, or fear-leveraging. Because the animal is unable to advocate for herself/himself, we must prioritize the animal’s well-being.
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
Such Small Hands: An Anti-Aversives Primer by Rain Jordan
Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions by Jaak Panksepp
Extreme Fear in Dogs by Rain Jordan (online masterclass via The Fearful Dogs Project)