Training Wheels

Creating More Humane Communities for People and Pets

Training Wheels is a pro-active community outreach program that takes shelter services to the people instead of waiting for the people to come to the shelter. The program goal is to respond to the needs of the pet owners so that they may see the shelter as a resource for helping them keep their pets rather than as a last resort for surrendering their pets.


What makes Training Wheels work:

  • It brings the shelter directly to the community in a positive way.
  • It unites shelter personnel, dog trainers, and pet owners in a common goal.
  • It prevents overpopulation by making sterilization possible in neighborhoods in which spaying/neutering is not accessible.
  • It focuses on treating people and pets with respect and kindness by sharing advice and information in a compassionate way.
  • It works under the premise that it is the role of the shelter to help achieve a more humane community.
  • It maintains as its goal, assisting community members to help them keep their pets and not reach the point where relinquishment becomes necessary.
  • It takes a van filled with donated supplies (collars, leashes, dog and cat toys, training treats, etc.) and offers them as gifts to local pet owners as a way of starting a relationship between the pet owners and their local shelter.

Training Wheels staff and volunteers go into the community to help with common problems. Easy and positive training methods are used. Training Wheels fosters humane communities and public safety by teaching safe and humane interactions between people and animals.

If you or anyone you know could use the assistance of Training Wheels, contact Meghan Wayman at 669-3916 x30 or mwayman@shelbyhumane.org.