My name is Haley and I strive to make every cat a happy cat! That is my main goal and why I became a Cat Behavior Consultant. I have had cats from the very beginning and never stopped having them around. They were the ones who taught me to be gentle and caring and I love them for it.
Moving to college was the first time I was without animals so I started volunteering with a no kill animal shelter called Brother Wolf in Asheville, NC. This not only helped with the stress of college life but it started me on the path that led me here. I did the normal activities first, such as cleaning, laundry, and dog walking. After 50 hours of volunteer service I was trained on walking difficult dogs, socializing cats, and monitoring the feral cat colony next door. This is when I realized that I want to work in animal welfare. There are so many sob stories that just broke my heart. I volunteered every week at Brother Wolf all four years I lived in Asheville and contributed hundreds of hours to their cause working with both cats and dogs.
After college I moved to Durham where I have been living, working, and volunteering for the last three years. This time I volunteer as a foster mom. I started out working with mostly to semi-feral kittens but sometimes to a family or an adult cat. These cats came from the community, either abandoned cats or cats found outside. I learned more about the overburdened shelter system and the role euthanasia plays in keeping them running. I moved to a rescue that takes cats from shelters instead of the community so that I could save cats from that unnecessary end. Fostering brings me so much joy and satisfaction. I strive to continue to contribute in this way for the foreseeable future.
I was inspired to take a course on cat behavior not only because it made my household a calmer place but I now had the time to really dive in and learn as much as possible. I had done a lot of things intuitively up until then and I wanted to learn the facts and research behind the suggestions and old-wives tales I have followed. I have completed over 17 self-study courses found on the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) website for members. I have obtained this experience and knowledge increase my ability to help animals survive in the shelter system and I would like to share this knowledge with cats already in their forever homes. I do this in the hope of keeping cats out of the shelter system. I have had clients who put re-homing or surrendering as an option if the behavior did not stop and I am happy to say that I have never had a client that chose that option! I understand that there may be a case at some point where that may have to happen and I am open to working with the owner to rehome them in the most ethical way possible.
I have helped cats across with the whole gambit of bad behavior. These include aggression towards other cats or humans, inappropriate litter box usage, redirected aggression, excessive energy, anxiety, and special needs. I can complete home visits for individuals living in Durham and the surrounding towns. I can also visit with anyone using Zoom.
This is also a budget friendly service. The other cat behaviorist in my town charges a whooping $500 for 1 session. I am open to working with people on budget and schedule. I want to offer this to as many people as possible because I truly care about every cat and want them to stay in their forever home as long as it is safe to do so. If you are interested in my services and prices head over to the services tab.
My mission is to help clients achieve a mutually beneficial relationship with their feline companions and avoid unnecessary surrenders from re-entering the shelter system. I have already had many success stories and you can view a few over in the success stories tab. If you would like to schedule a meeting head over to the contact page for more information.
I look forward to hearing from you,