Senior Humane Officer Tracy Vail has decided to leave the Humane Society of Ventura County to focus on her dog training business, The Canine Messenger. Tracy, who was hired by the HSVC as a Humane Officer in 2005, performed investigations of animal abuse and neglect, collected evidence and testified in extreme cases where prosecution was warranted. She also assisted in evacuations during fires and other emergencies and educated the public about the compassionate care of animals.
“She has saved thousands of animals from abusive and neglectful situations over the past 16 years. We are excited to hear she is on her new adventure as a certified dog trainer and behaviorist. We all wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor,” said Jeff Hoffman, Director of Investigations for the HSVC.
For the past few years, Tracy has worked closely with hard-to-place dogs who come into the Shelter. Her work included screening applicants, helping dogs with various behavior issues, and handling meet-and-greets with potential adopters.
“With this transition from Senior Humane Officer to full-time dog trainer and behavioralist, I feel that I will have the greatest impact.” As the Canine Messenger, Tracy works one-on-one with families and their dogs. “I help people develop a better relationship with their dogs through a series of mental stimulation exercises, structured walks, and going over questions they may have about their situation in their home.”
Tracy (pictured above with Humane Officer King) has nothing but praise for her experiences at the HSVC. “I want to thank everyone in the community and everyone at the Humane Society. I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the best people throughout Ventura County. I found that there’s more good out there than bad,” Tracy said.
Thank you, Tracy, for all you have done for the animals and people of Ventura County! If you feel an animal’s life is in danger, contact your local police immediately, then notify our Officers by phone at (805)656-5031 or 646-6505. All information is confidential.
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