PODCAST (22:06) — KSCO Pet Radio has failed cats. This is one way we hope to do more for cats going forward. Dr. Rachel Geller, EdD., is a certified cat behavior expert and joined us for the 4/26/20 program. She has agreed to appear for a full-hour again soon.
We began by talking about cat behavioral issues likely to show up while we are all staying home. We migrated to why you should not use a laser pointer as a cat toy. And then demystified the danger cats (young kittens really!) pose to pregnant women.
Rachel does all her work for free and donates proceeds from her book to animal welfare organizations.
About Rachel Geller
Rachel Geller, Ed.D. is a certified cat behaviorist. Before moving into that role, she was on The Cat Connection board from 2017 to 2020. Previously, she was on the Board of Directors in the role of vice-president at the Gifford Cat Shelter for 7 years. Rachel is a certified Cat Behavior and Retention Specialist through the Humane Society and a certified Humane Education Specialist through the Academy of Prosocial Learning. She is also a certified Pet Chaplain® through the Association of Veterinary Pastoral Education. She is currently a cat behaviorist/consultant for Here Today Adopted Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary and Baypath Humane Society and provides cat behavior help both locally and throughout the country to her clients, including cat owners and shelters.
Rachel was a panelist for the Humane Society in an educational webinar that teaches shelters how to set up cat behavior programs. She has presented for the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and the New England Federation of Humane Societies on topics involving cat behavior, cat behavior & retention programs, and surrender prevention. She was also a presenter for the Online Behavior Day sponsored by the Community Cats Podcast. Rachel’s cat behavior program has been recognized by HSUS as a model program.
As a humane education specialist, Rachel is the author of the webinar “Activities for Inclusion” for the Association of Professional Humane Educators, and was a contributing author to “The Ark Project – Jewish Initiative for Animals.” She is also certified as a RedRover Reader, which is a reading-based program to develop empathy for animals in children.
Rachel was a panelist for a webinar on pet chaplaincy for the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab through Brandeis University.
Rachel’s book, “Saving the World, One Cat at a Time” was written to help with resolving cats’ behavioral and emotional problems with the goal of creating harmonious relationships between cats and their owners. Amazon link below.
Rachel was a Behavioral Specialist for grades K-8 in the Waltham Public Schools for over 20 years. She has lived in Newton since 1992 with her husband and two cats, both adopted from TCC. An avid runner, she has run (and finished!) 11 Boston Marathons. Rachel is the author of a Massachusetts state law, “An Act Protecting Nursing Home Residents” which was signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2011.
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