Shana is the founder, CEO, and Lead Trainer at Yadid’it! Dog Training, the Executive Director at Yadid’it! Sustainable Dog Rescue and an ABCDT (Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer). She is, in her words, super quirky, a loving dog-mom, an eldest sister to two loving siblings, and a sexual trauma survivor. #metoo
Growing up a practicing modern orthodox Jew and attending a yeshiva day school from elementary through high school, Shana always had a strong inclination towards the concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Tikkun Olam, the Jewish concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair our broken world, is the driving force behind her founding the two Yadid’it! companies.
Tikkun Olam is often implemented when discussing issues of social policy, ensuring a safeguard to those who may be at a disadvantage, as in the case of people that have experienced sexual force or violence of any kind. Yadid’it! is the overarching brand-name for Shana’s for-profit dog-training company and non-profit dog-rescue organization. The two sister companies work together to cultivate healthier lives for trauma survivors, human and canine alike, as her personal contribution to Tikkun Olam.
She always had a special bond with animals, especially the misunderstood. Using her unique bond with dogs, she has trained over 500 dogs and their owners over the course of her six year dog-training career. She has also rescued six of her own dogs, and helped to get countless foster dogs adopted.
Reading Temple Grandin’s “Animals in Translation, Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior” shortly after turning 21 proved a pivotal life point. Her understanding of her relationship with animals began to unfold. She identified therapeutic benefits between rescue animals and human survivors of sexual traumas, eager to see if all the clarity she felt flipping through the pages of Grandin’s book was more than just an idea.