Tuition for ACO Academy
$7,755 Raised
115% of $6.8k goal
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2 Years running
I wish to make a difference in the lives of animals in San Antonio by training to become a Certified Texas Animal Control Officer. I need your help to make my dream a reality. I need to raise the tuition in order for me to receive the proper training. More ...

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I wish to make a difference in the lives of animals in San Antonio by training to become a Certified Texas Animal Control Officer.  I have a short time frame if I am going to do this and so I need help paying the tuition.  

For those that know me you know that my passion has always been animals. I have worked in Animal Hospitals and also in Human Hospitals.... but I never quite found my calling.   Recently, in the past couple of years, I have been working with Animal Advocacy Groups fighting againts inhumane practices and unethical Dangerous Dog Legislation.  Which has led me to my desire to change the system here in San Antonio and make a difference in the lives of the animals that have to go through the ACS system.  Like the scared dog in the attached picture.  She was manhandled and dragged and then tied up and unfortunately, this was her last experience on earth because right after that inhumane treatment she was killed.

This has prompted me to look into the Texas Academy for Animal Control Officers (TAACO) and ignited my passion to attend.  The course is 4 weeks long and is extremely detailed and will allow me to be certified in the state of Texas.   My husband is encouraging me in my quest to continue my education and to make a difference in our community.

The course is offered in May and July of this year but we need help with Tuition, Supplies and Lodging.  With my Mom expected home from Rehab soon I am lucky that my Husband is offering to help take care of her and all of our animals while I pursue my goal. Unfortunately, the course is not enough hours for the school to obtain a Federal School Number and so I am not able to get Federal Student Aid.  We are expecting a change in our circumstances in the Fall and so if I am going to do this I really have to act now... which does not leave me much time to save funds.  If you could find it in your hearts to donate whatever you are able to assist me in this wonderful opportunity, it would be very much appreciated.   Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns and Thank You for helping me "Be the Change I Wish To See in the World."

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Guardian Angel 16 X 20 Print
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I have had an offer from the wonderful Kathleen Dawson to help fund raise. Her work can be seen at Print size is approximately 16 x 20. The print is called Guardian Angel and is NOT based on any one German Shepherd, but rather it was a compilation of many. Kathleen is the loving guardian of several German Shepherd Dogs and this drawing could be any one of them as she did use her own dogs as a reference for this work! Having achieved 12 Canadian National Championships and multiple working titles on her dogs in tracking, obedience and protection work she truly captures the heart of the breed in this piece.
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Newfoundland Momma and her Pups.
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White Resin Statue of Newfoundland Momma and her Pups. This was hand made in Newfoundland as per the sticker on the base. The bottom of the piece is finished with green felt and was created by Tanglewood Arts. (Now known as Crafts of Character-Newfoundland and Labrador see link) Approximately 4 inches tall and the base is about a 3 X 4. Has only ever been used as a display piece.
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