Helping Humans Build A Better Relationship With Animals │ The Human-Animal Connection

Helping Humans Build A Better Relationship With Animals │ The Human-Animal Connection


Helping Humans Build A Better Relationship With Animals │ The Human-Animal Connection

Have you ever entered a shelter and noticed a dog cowering at the back of their kennel, attempting to make themselves as inconspicuous as possible? Shyness, fear, and trauma are reasons they do that. Learning how to deepen your relationship with animals is definitely the best way to go about it if you want to earn their trust and make them comfortable.

That is the area and expertise of The Human-Animal Connection. A non-profit organization that aspires to bring humans and animals together! They work with groups and individuals using several natural healing and holistic methods to deepen the connection between humans and animals.

How can they do that exactly? Read to know!


The Idea Behind The Human-Animal Connection

Helping Humans Build A Better Relationship With Animals │ The Human-Animal Connection

The Human-Animal Connection was the brainchild of one Genie Joseph. She has military work background and was best known for creating The Act Resilient Method, a project recognized by former President Obama.

It was an effective program that utilized improv comedy, expressive art, and laughter to cope with trauma, handle stress, and reduce the symptoms of PTSD in Service members.

Genie introduced therapy animals into the program at one point, which garnered tremendous success. This served as one gateway to the creation of The Human-Animal Connection.

Another driving force was Oscar. Her shelter dog that Genie lovingly dubbed as a ‘Prisoner of War.’ Despite having a terrible history and background, Oscar retained a gentle and genuinely good soul that readily helped humans cope with their trauma and stress.

According to Genie, the premise of The Human-Animal Connection is,

“We work with the shy and traumatized animals that don’t have a good chance of adoption because they don’t show well.”

The Human-Animal Connection uses a method of healing based on 33 principles that serve as the guide to discovering and learning about respecting animal wisdom and understanding their feelings and emotions.

“Many of the animals in the shelter environment have been in some way traumatized or frightened badly.”


Helping Traumatized Animals With Love: The Human-Animal Connection

Helping Humans Build A Better Relationship With Animals │ The Human-Animal Connection

As Genie proudly stated,

“Our goal is to change the way humanity relates to animals.”

The Human-Animal Connection aims to help animals feel safe. They utilize an approach that can help restore the nervous system of the animals to the baseline of safety and comfort.

The organization’s mission is to assist in helping animals express their true selves and personalities. They help animals earn back their confidence and trust in humans. In turn, they then help humans learn more about improving and deepening their relationship with animals.

The non-profit truly believes that the key is recognizing that animals have an interior life. Such as emotions, feelings, opinions, and thoughts. They want to help shelters attend to animals’ emotional and social issues.

For now, the organization offers Zoom classes, in-person training, and Flagship programs to help shelters, groups, and individuals with their journeys to understanding animals.


You can find more about their services on their official website. If you want to receive updates and reminders of their Zoom classes and other services, you can subscribe to their Newsletter.

Other than that, The Human-Animal Connection also accepts donations and volunteers. These are both crucial in helping them continue their services and programs.

Finally, Genie has published a book entitled The Human-Animal Connection. In case you want to learn more about the method they use in the organization in more depth and information. You can easily find and purchase it on Amazon.

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Genie: I’m Genie Joseph, and you’re tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: Awesome introduction, Genie.

So, start off.

Tell us who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals.

Genie: We have a nonprofit organization called The Human-Animal Connection and we’ve done thousands of hours of work in shelters, and we work with the shy and traumatized animals that don’t have a good chance of adoption because they don’t show well.

So, these are the animals that when you come by and visit, they’re cowering in the back of their kennel. They don’t make eye contact.

They don’t—you know, want to be—you know, have a person talk to them or touch them or look at them, they hide.

And of course, people walk right on by because they don’t want to scare the animal anymore.

I mean, they don’t want to be, you know, make the animal more stressed.

And so, one of the things that we do is we have a method of healing. It’s based on 33 principles, and we work with these animals.

And one of the first things that we do, because you know for animals—dogs, not all dogs are comfortable making eye contact.

It’s not natural for all animals.

And for all dogs, unless they’ve lived in a home, they’re not used to it.

So, one of the things I noticed, I would say to people who adopted an animal, “Well, why did you pick that one?”

“There were 497 other dogs in the shelter.”

“Why’d you pick that one?”

And they’d say, “Well, with the way he looked at me, I couldn’t.”

And I said, okay, we’ve got to teach all these animals to look at their person— like, take me home look,  you know that look, if you’ve been to a shelter, right?

There’s a couple of animals there that know how to do this look, and they last three days, and other animals last three weeks or three months, depending upon how the shelter’s policy is.

So, we teach them that. But before we teach them that, of course, we have to deal with the level of fear they’re experiencing.

And many of the animals in the shelter environment have been in some way traumatized or frightened badly.

What are they doing in this prison cell?

Maybe they came from a home, and who knows what happened?

And all of a sudden, they’re in this cell.

And it’s just very, very scary for animals, especially if they’ve been there for a while. And so, we help them to begin to feel safe, to begin to trust humans.

And so, we have a method to really restore the nervous system back to a baseline of safety.

And when they feel safe, then they can express their true self, their personality. And when an animal is being their true selves, it’s irresistible, of course, especially if they’re comfortable making eye contact.

And they want to now be touched because we’ve taught them that touch is a good thing, not a bad thing.

And so, all of our work really originated from working with shelter animals. So everything I know, the shelter animals taught me.

And from there, we really developed this whole program that people can use with their own animals, with the animals that share their lives.

Chris: Tell me more about the mission of the organization. What is the goal? What are you trained to do?

Genie: Our goal is to change the way humanity relates to animals. And what we mean by that is the recognition that animals have an interior life.

They have emotions, they have opinions, they have thoughts, they have feelings. And when we recognize that, it changes how we respond to them.

Because if you realize that your dog is feeling something, it changes how you see them. You don’t see them as just like a pet. You see them as a partner.

And so, that we want to change that, so that shelter life changes, so that home life changes, so that people can understand their animals better by having a better relationship through better communication.

Chris: Very well said.

And thank you for coming on and sharing this. And I really love the programs that you’re doing and the book.

It feels so right and the non-judgmental aspect and the desire to help. And there’s so many aspects about this that I like.

So, as I wrap up the show here, I love telling our viewers and listeners that there’s so many amazing things that you can do that are innovative and that help animals or the people that love them. So, maybe you’re listening to Genie or you know of somebody that has a product, a service, or just a program that helps animals or the people that love them.

We’d love to know about it.

So, go in your browser to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and we’d love to have you or them on the show.

And please, we can always use more volunteers at DOOBERT.COM You can be a transporter, a foster, a photographer.

There’s lots of different ways you can even buy your pet food through Doobert. We’ll donate 5% of your order to the rescue or shelter that you choose.

So, check it all out at DOOBERT.COM.

Genie, thank you again for coming on. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for the work you’re doing.

Genie: Thank you.

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