Genéte is a pet owner, an animal lover & advocate, Pet Massage Therapist, Animal EMT...& the founder of DogE911 where all animal lovers CAN be their ‘Own First Responder’.
Genéte is a certified Medical Massage Therapist that has specialized in working with chronic pain conditions since 1997. In 2007, she became more focused on making a difference in the lives of animals & began a secondary career path performing Animal Massage Therapy. This was a choice that was much more rewarding than working with humans by aiding pets with issues such as Arthritis, paralyzation, anxiety, socialization, & serious illnesses like Cancer.
DogE911 was created as a result of two tragic experiences. While driving home from the airport in early 2007, Genéte struck a loose Black Lab dog on the freeway. This dog’s accidental death drove her to develop an extensive nationwide training curriculum on first aid & holistic remedies, plus critical care techniques for all animals. Genéte never wanted others to feel as helpless as she had on that day.
Genéte also watched in horror at the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2006 & was shaken to realize there where NO plans in place to assist the effected animals. She taught across the country for the American Red Cross Dog & Cat First Aid program until most courses were terminated due to lack of funding. Genéte is thankful to have this organization’s support for animal response & disaster work though now under DogE911. She holds a Humane Society of the United States N-DART (National Disaster Animal Response Team) certiﬁcate & began assisting impacted animals in disaster situations across the United States in 2009.
Genéte’s desire to help animals also lead her to become an Animal Paramedic & DogE911 is a member of VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). This lead her to create a disaster planning & response program under DogE911.
Genéte is an animal advocate on national animal disaster preparedness laws, & has spoken numerous times at the California State Capitol. She has worked on many disasters involving animals, & has seen ﬁrst hand the devastation that comes from a lack of preparation. Genéte has worked since 2008 alongside legislators & animal lawyers helping to enact better laws to protect animals across the country.
For her work with animals & disaster response, Genéte has received both local state legislature & national congressional award recognition, the American Red Cross Health & Safety Award, & in 2010 she
was honored with the coveted President's Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award.
Genéte has been featured in numerous newspapers, on radio & TV news programs, written for magazines & books, worked & spoken at many high-proﬁle animal & first responder events, as well as attended both pet & fire / rescue conferences throughout the nation.
Genéte believes that youth are the key to the future for helping to make altering changes in the lives of our pet population. Her Jr Vet Program nurtures & mentors our animal loving youth thereby focussing & channeling their inner drive to help animals.
Since 2012, Genéte’s successful education of first responders on animal triage & disaster response is thus making a difference for animals impacted during emergency situations. She believes her DogE911 brainchild is the missing piece of the puzzle equalling more education about all types of animals & allowing first responders to further save lives.
Genéte has been appointed to run the Paws Division under international Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation where she educates on canine Cancer awareness, as well as teaches handlers how to keep their working canines safe. She works with national partner Project Breathe, which donates pet oxygen masks to fire crews under Invisible Fence. Genéte is proud to have trained pet owners, animal professionals, & first responders including fire departments, search & rescue teams, & law enforcement K9 units across the nation.
Genéte currently lives in Central California with her husband & 4 Dachshunds (two of which are rescues), & has high hopes for the future with her many animal endeavors.