I have been a mediator for nearly 40 years and have loved animals all my life.
For 25 years I worked at Community Boards of San Francisco, the nation's first community-based conflict resolution program, as mediator, trainer, Program Director and co-Executive Director. For the past twelve years I've been in private practice specializing in animal custody and care cases.
One of the biggest concerns people have over pet custody and visitation is unwanted contact with an former partner. This situation is remedied by 3 way phone or video conferences, and mutually agreed upon plans that are clear, realistic and detailed that include scheduling, pet transporting and acceptable forms for necessary communication. Such plans are very similar to a family court plan for child custody and visitation arrangements.
This process won't work for anyone only wanting to use a pet as a pawn to hurt the other person. It works only for people who really love their animals and are willing to do the right thing. What "the right thing" is determined by the parties themselves in their effort to create mutually acceptable resolutions that will best benefit everyone, especially their pet(s). I only take clients who meet this criterion.
Charles Regal, Community Boards Program Director, presenting seminar to the Attorney General of Rwanda, Tharice Kanugarma, and Justices of the Rwanda Supreme Court about Community Based Mediation. Sponsored by the U.S. State Dept. 1995
"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser--in fees, expenses, and waste of time." --Abraham Lincoln