Paula Ferrel, CPDT-KA, Violence Prevention & Humane Education Coordinator

Paula became a member of spcaLA’s team in 2006 when her love of animals and shelter work brought her to the organization as an intern through the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (S.C.R.O.C.). Paula completed Animal Care and Veterinary Assistant courses and interned at several other local animal facilities, which gave her the experience and knowledge to begin working as an Animal Care Attendant.

During her time as an Animal Care Attendant, Paula attended Animal Behavior College and became an ABC certified Dog Trainer. In 2011, she joined spcaLA’s Animal Behavior and Training Department and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Paula is currently a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Paula has also worked for the City of Gardena Recreation Department’s after school and summer camp programs, where she first began working with children and incorporating her love of animals into their activities. She has an Associate of Science degree in Child Development from Los Angeles Harbor College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Humane Leadership from Humane Society University. In 2013, Paula joined the Violence Prevention & Humane Education Department where she now combines her love of working with youth and working with shelter animals to teach others kindness, empathy, and respect for all living things.