Meet Our Trainers

Animal Aid Society has made the commitment to implement Fear Free® practices across our organization in an effort to provide the best care for the dogs at our shelter while we search for their perfect match. This is being made possible with the guidance of our certified Force Free Training trainers.

Meet Our Trainers

Cathleen "Cat" Clark

Cat Clark started volunteering at Animal Aid Society in 2020 and is not only a part of our training and enrichment program but is also our Shelter Manager!

Cat Clark is owns and operates Bravo Zulu Dog Training and is a graduate of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild, The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the Hampton Roads Force Free Network.  Cat not only understands dogs, she understands people and the need to work as a team to meet shared goals. Cat is a 27 year veteran of the US Air Force and earned Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

Stephanie Bass, PMCT2

Stephanie Bass started volunteering at Animal Aid Society in 2019 .........

Cat Clark is owns and operates Dogli Pet Training and Sitting and is a graduate of the Pat .....

Crystal Partain, CPDT-KA

With almost 2 decades of hands on experience in veterinary hospitals, local shelters and rescues, Crystal has been working with pets and their people to improve their lives together in many different settings. She received a dual bachelors degrees in biology and psychology, from Old Dominion University in 2009.

In 2012, she passed the Certification for Professional Dog Trainers exam and began to train professionally shortly after. She is a perpetual student and always improving training skills with her own dogs, taking classes or attending seminars that allow her to help your dogs with the most effective and current methods!

Crystal currently has 5 dogs, who are all continuously teaching her to be a better advocate for the dogs she works with. Opal, a rescued Boxer mix, is the namesake for The Freckled Paw. She has taught Crystal the most about living with challenging dogs, while working through her separation anxiety, stranger danger, and dog selective behaviors