Each session, DTIA offers a full scholarship position to a shelter or rescue worker. Everyone at DTIA knows the type of hard work and dedication involved in the daily care of homeless animals and we feel strongly about facilitating those efforts in every way possible.
Scholarship Application Requirements
The applicant must have worked for their current shelter or rescue for at least one year.
To be considered for a scholarship please submit:
- One letter of recommendation from a supervisor or manger at the shelter or rescue with contact information (email and phone number of supervisor)
- Statement of Purpose explaining your career goals, your interest in dog behavior and training, and how you would use your education to benefit your shelter or rescue (2 Pages, Double-spaced)
- Completed DTIA Application (application fee waived for scholarship applicants)
Scholarship Application Deadlines:
Spring Session – November 15th
Fall Session – June 1st
Scholarship Recipient, Luba, Tells Her Story
As a lucky recipient of the DTIA scholarship, I got to advance my career in animal welfare through this comprehensive, professional program. I gained a much deeper understanding of behavior and training, body language, stress, fear, and how environment plays a major role in a dog’s life. As the Adoptions Manager at a local rescue, the knowledge I acquired has been incredibly valuable. I truly feel that this program will help me save more lives by placing dogs in more appropriate homes and giving adopters the follow up support they need to work through common issues. I am now able to give every client professional, yet easy to understand, advice that can change the way they view their dogs and set them up for success.
Attending the DTIA program was a wonderful decision. Not only will it advance my career, but it has also opened the door to so many other professional possibilities. I use the skills and techniques I learned every single day, even with my own dog! I’d like to thank the DTIA instructors for being so open with sharing their knowledge and for choosing me for the scholarship.
San Francisco Instructor, Gee, Tells Her Story
A generous act allowed me to pursue my career path as a dog trainer and I’ve never forgotten it. I was an animal shelter kennel supervisor and dreamed of becoming a dog trainer. I read everything I could get my hands on about reward-based, force-free training, then applied it to my work with the dogs in the shelter who needed extra help—even coming in on my days off to do so. Trying to save up the money for tuition at the SF SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers proved difficult on a shelter worker’s wage and I’d resigned myself to trying to find another avenue into the field. Then something amazing happened: my wonderful manager at the shelter spoke up on my behalf to the Board of Directors and convinced them, in recognition of all my hard work, to cover the cost of my tuition to attend the Academy. It changed my life path in so many ways. I’m delighted that we’re able to give other shelter and rescue workers the opportunity to attend DTIA.