Healing Companions ~ Brenda Keltner

Barbara Keltner with her rescue dogBrenda Keltner’s family witnessed first hand what a difference a healing companion made in their sister’s life and decided they would like to help make that possible for others.

Brenda recently passed away in St. Mary’s Ohio. She was born on September 12, 1963, in Van Wert, Ohio to Gayle and Margaret (Faller) Keltner who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her siblings, Joyce (Don) Sonnastine of Wadsworth, Ohio, Richard Keltner of Van Wert, Gary (Renee) Keltner of Phoenix, AZ, Larry (Kathy) Keltner of Tucson, AZ, Debra Smith of Convoy, Jan (Doug) Jones of Venedocia, and Linda Keltner of Boston, MA. Her numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews were very special to her.

Her dog Dinky was her loving companion. She had also rescued Monty, Too, and Cosmo, loyal companions who previously shared her life.

Brenda was a 1981 graduate of Lincolnview High School. She graduated in 1985 from Ohio Northern University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Formerly an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Columbus, Ohio, Brenda had presented several cases before the Ohio State Supreme Court. Always an advocate for the marginalized and those less fortunate, Brenda took time to help those who needed help.
She treasured her family. Her generosity, thoughtfulness, along with her amazing, joyful laugh and sense of humor will be remembered and missed by all those who knew her.

The family has requested donations to honor Brenda be sent to Healing Companions.  If you would like to donate, click here.  If you would like us to let the family know about your donation, just click here to email us and we’ll forward a note to them on your behalf.

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Our Newest Board Member – Raven Hickson

We are thrilled to welcome Raven to our board!

Raven HicksonRaven Hickson is a graduate of Cornell University, where she studied Animal Science, concentrating in animal behavior. Currently, Raven is the barn manager at Dream On Farm and runs her own animal training business, Clicker Tails.   Raven has also been a zookeeper, high school animal science teacher, outdoor educator, and mustang tamer. Raven became involved with Healing Companions after meeting Jane at Dream On Farm and volunteering her clicker training skills at the prison with rescue dogs and their handlers. She is excited to continue supporting Healing Companions through training and local community outreach.

Raven has already been an asset to our program as she has generously volunteered her time, knowledge and dedication to our program. She has joined us at the prison where she provided presentations that the inmates devoured focused on the science behind clicker training and shaping. I am excited that she would like to continue to contribute to our inmate program through educational and training opportunities. She also volunteered at dog events where we had tables advertising  our organization. Having a local board member is such an asset to our local fundraisers.

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LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESENTATION 11-8-16

LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESENTATION 11/8/16

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#GivingTuesday is Coming – Mark Your Calendars

#GivingTuesday, 11/22/16, is the biggest giving day of the year.

Please help us by showing your support for Healing Companions, Inc. and making a donation on #GivingTuesday on the Giving Tower. If we get the most donations today, we will win $25,000. In addition, when you donate, you are building the Giving Tower taller and taller which helps to show the impact across the world on this amazing day.

To help, please Go Here to give to our cause. Any donation, large or small, makes a huge difference and is so appreciated.

Then, Go Here to download the free Giving Tower app. By using the app, you’ll be able to experience the Tower in an immersive 360 degree environment where you can interact with the Giving Tower in real-time and watch it get taller and taller.

Thanks so much.

Healing Companions, Inc. 

Please email CrowdRise, the hosts of the Giving Tower, at GivingTower@CrowdRise.com if you have any questions at all and they’ll help solve everything.

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Halloween is Coming!!

Want some pumpkin treats, or Halloween duds for Rover? Click this link Amazon Smiles for all your Halloween purchases, and Amazon will automatically donate to Healing Companions, Inc. at no cost to you.  Easy Peazy!!

Miss Finola

Miss Finola

We do not need costumes, but we’d sure love to buy service dog vests for our shelter dogs in training!  If you can help, please click here to donate.

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