Marla Moore and Chance live in Lakewood, Colorado and have been a therapy team for two years. They are certified through two therapy dog organizations: Pet Partners and Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Due to living in a state with some of the most stringent Breed-Specific legislation currently in place, Marla has devoted her advocacy efforts to educating the public and providing community outreach for Animals For Therapy, of which she is a member. This involves being a resource for anyone with pit bull related questions, therapy or otherwise. She believes that having Chance out in the community as an ambassador is the most effective way to change people’s perceptions of pit bull type dogs. They continue to change people’s minds one visit at a time while providing comfort, joy and healing utilizing the powerful human animal bond.
Rhea Moriarity is currently the Director of Training and Behavior at Longmont Humane Society. As an open admission shelter, LHS has achieved a live release rate for dogs of 96%. The intake of pit bull type dogs is 12-13%, but due to public perception and several areas surrounding Longmont with Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), their length of stay is twice as long as other breeds and occupy up to 50% of the kennels. The shelter has a national reputation for it’s training department, and dogs are placed on a wait list from all over the country for admission to the behavior and training program. Read More