"The end of animal suffering requires the ascendance of both vast concern and vast ability"
- 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.
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 coercion, intimidation, force, pain, or fear-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 more than the initial act of taking an animal in; it is equally important as a principle that guides myriad practices leading to safe, well, and happy animals. Protect Them All therefore offers programs aimed at lasting--that is, lifelong--lifesaving via the protection of companion animals, active (as opposed to passive), comprehensive education of their humans, and elevation of their societal status. Each of our projects is one star in a constellation of humane, anti-aversive 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.
Position on Aversives:
Protect Them All believes that every 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 encourage the elimination of aversive tools and methods in the care, treatment, handling, training, and behavior modification of animals. PTA understands that no one is perfect, but it also believes in the vast potential of every animal guardian.
Although PTA recognizes that since some aversives are not under our control and definition, not all aversives can be avoided at all times, our position is the Anti-Aversives stance: 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, such as pain, fear, and force are inherently aversive; the most obvious of these is shock collars (aka remote collars, e-collars, electrified fences, “stim,” “tens,” “vibration,” anti-bark devices, “invisible” fencing, et cetera, no matter what the euphemism is) but there are unfortunately many others; PTA rejects all types of discomfort-delivering methods and equipment (shock, prong, and choke are only the most well-known). Pain, force, compulsion, intimidation, scare or startle methods, or fear-leveraging should not be a part of a pet's life. Because the animal is unable to advocate for herself/himself and typically also unable to leave an aversive situation, we must prioritize the animal’s well-being over our own ease or convenience.
Recommended reading / study:
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
Canine Fear Abatement & Prevention Coaching & Mentorship by Rain Jordan (via The Fearful Dogs Project)
Replace the revolving doors of suffering, surrender, & loss with protection via prevention & capability.