Sweet Home Columbus!
Hello Local! I’m Tricia Montgomery and I am the new CEO or rather, Leader of the Pack for Paws Humane Society. To say I am beyond thrilled to be here; is an understatement.
A bit about me, I am the former CEO and Founder of K9 Fit Club, science-based parallel programs for both people and dogs, with over 80 locations across the US and Canada. Health, fitness and wellness at both ends of the leash. Programs include Pupilates®, NamaSitStay™, Bow Wow Bootcamp®, Sit Stay & Get Fit™ and Wagging Wheelchair™. I worked with experts in the veterinary, medical, fitness and animal behavior fields to create the programs and standards of excellence as well as accreditation by Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare and Medicare to pay for classes.
Prior to K9 Fit Club, I served as Public Education Director and Executive Director for the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). During my tenure, the CVMA served as role model for national organizations for public relations, governmental relations, continuing education and pursuance to excellence.
The better we understand the human-animal bond, the more we can use it to improve people’s lives. With over 71 million American households (62%) having a pet, and most people thinkng of their pets as members of the family, research studies have found that people who have a pet have healthier hearts, stay home sick less often, make fewer visits to the doctor, get more exercise, and are less depressed. Pets may also have a significant impact on allergies, asthma, social support, and reducing feelings of isolation or loneliness. Did you know that walking with a dog has been found to increase social interaction, especially with strangers? As well as, dog owners get 34% more exercise than those without a dog!
It has also been found that our pets may improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations. Not to mention, they can make us feel more relaxed. The social support provided by a pet might also encourage more social interactions with people, Among elderly people, pet ownership might also be considered a 24/7 health advocate, providing social support that enhances well-being. In one study, elderly individuals that had a dog or cat were better able to perform certain physical activities deemed “activities of daily living,” such as the ability to climb stairs; bend, kneel, or stoop; take medication; prepare meals; and bathe and dress oneself. Importantly, caring for a pet provides a sense of responsibility and purpose that contributes to their overall well-being.
Simply put, our pets help us lead longer, happier and healthier lives. And no better place than Paws Humane Society to find your forever match.
So, my goal at Paws is two-fold, pets and people. Oh, and making Columbus a beacon for health and wellness for pets and their people, as well as the most pet friendly city in the US.
Come by and say hello! I would love to meet you!
Paws – Changing Lives One Pet at a Time™