Welfare For Animals believes that by working in partnerships, we can create a long-term positive impact for animal welfare.
We work towards a world where all animals will have a life worth living.
To work in partnerships
to create positive long-term change to end animal suffering
We develop our projects and training based on international animal welfare standards and procedures
We work to develop and deliver up-to-date scientific, positive reinforcement, force-free behaviour and training
We support and encourage partnership development based on sound principles
We work to achieve positive and sustainable long-term animal welfare change
Ruby Leslie, the WFA Dog School trainer and Founder of WFA, is a dedicated professional in the field of animal behaviour and shelter welfare. She continuously reads scientific articles, listens to shelter welfare, veterinary, behaviourist and training webinars, always aims to increase her qualifications to the most scientific, reward and research based methods, and is currently working towards her Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma with the ISCP.
How did WFA get started?
In 2010 I, Ruby, moved to Chengdu, Sichuan, China where I volunteered with Animals Asia Foundation for 3 months, then found a job and made the decision to stay in Chengdu. After I settled in Chengdu, I started volunteering at a local veterinarian clinic. One day the veterinarians took me to a local shelter where they dropped off a rescue dog. The conditions were deplorable and left me in shock. I knew I had to do something, but I didn't know what.
I started rescuing a few animals but quickly realized that this was not the answer as other shelters were overflowing and struggling to meet even the most basic humane and welfare needs for dogs. I saw that I could easily rescue animals but that wouldn't solve the root causes of abandonment and cruelty. I knew I needed to learn, so I did! I took as many courses as possible and went to conferences.
I quickly learned from 2010-2015 that improving shelter welfare in China, across Asia and training professionals will require long-term work and that the poor conditions at shelters were only one symptom of a much larger problem; a substantial lack of education and awareness on companion animals for pet owners and animal professionals. So, in 2015 I merged together animal welfare with certification and qualifications in dog training. From 2015-2018 , I traveled across China teaching hundreds of dogs, trainers, to Lanta Animal Welfare in Thailand to teach at their rescue centre, veterinarians in Chongqing with HeiMei Pet Hospital and dog trainers in Beijing with my partners KONG and Zoolook. Additionally, I trained dogs with their owners in private consultations all across Chengdu.
In 2019 I moved back home to Calgary, Alberta, Canada where I am rebuilding WFA as a Canadian and international brand of animal welfare and dog training, focusing on teaching veterinarians, trainers and pet owners through a variety of methods and platforms.