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January Education Event

January 22, 2019
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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DoubleTree by Hilton Deerfield Beach-Boca Raton
100 Fairway Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The Humane Society of Broward County will bring in Therapy Dogs that were used to comfort the students and
staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Attendees will learn the difference between service dogs and therapy dogs and how they can be utilized after a traumatic event.

This will be a fun hands-on event with “Yappy Hour”! 


Marni Bellavia
Manager, Animal Assisted Therapy Program,
Canines for Community Resilience Program and

Wags & Tales Reading Program
Humane Society of Broward County

Learner Objectives:
• Overview of Humane Society of Broward County and The Animal Assisted Therapy Program
• Personal & Professional Resources for Event and Hospitality Professionals
• Identification of Service Animal Categories

Marni Bellavia is the Manager of the Animal Assisted Therapy Program. Marni started her career
as a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for 5 years and shortly thereafter became
an employee. Marni previously worked as the Director of Technologies for American Express.
Marni has been with the HSBC for 20+ years. As part of the staff at the shelter, she has had the
opportunity to work with and train a wide variety of dogs of all breeds. It is with this knowledge
and other forms of education that has prepared her to excel in the field of Animal Behavior and
Animal Assisted Therapy training.

Additionally, after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Marni
developed a new community outreach program called Canines for Community Resilience.
Canines for Community Resilience (CFCR) dogs are specifically trained to participate in traumatic
situations and are proficient in being able to tolerate, adapt and cope with the physical and
emotional stress of critical incidents. They are specifically trained to work in unpredictable, fastpaced
and frequently-changing environments with various types of people and other dogs. The
dog’s handler has advanced training in dog behavior, has knowledge of human and animal First
Aid, as well as Psychological First Aid and stress management.

Marni trains, evaluates and certifies all people and pets interested in volunteering with the
Humane Society of Broward County's Animal Assisted Therapy Program.

Are you as touched as we are?  Click here for a list of items you can bring to donate if you wish!


4:30pm - Bobby Bahia's Restaurant
Registration Opens

5:00pm - 6:30pm - Bobby Bahia's Restaurant 
Yappy Hour - Refreshments and Interaction with Service Dogs and Handlers

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Coral Room
Opening Comments
Presentation by Marni Bellavia

7:30pm - Coral Room
Closing comments and conclusion


Self-parking:  $5.00 
Valet parking: $7.00

Click here to download a printable flyer for this event. 

Thank you to our Sponsors!




$45.00 MPI Members (Preferred/Premier level)
$55.00 after 11:00 am January 22

$70.00 Future Members/Essential Members
$80.00 after 11:00 am January 22

$30.00 Student
$35.00 after 11:00 am January 22

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