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FOUNDERS

meredithMeredith LaBonge: Meredith's career to date has been an interesting combination of social services, animals and education. In college she interned at a therapeutic riding center assisting clients with physical, mental and emotional disabilities ride horses. She also volunteered at the humane society bringing animals to visit residents at a local nursing home. Meredith graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and then spent time at a residential treatment center assisting children with emotional disabilities care for farm animals for therapeutic benefit. After spending several years educating women and children at a residential substance abuse treatment program she decided she missed having an "animal element" to her job. She was fortunate to discover her passion for humane education in 2005 when she started working for a private animal shelter. She managed a program that annually educated over 20,000 children and adults on responsible pet care and animal overpopulation. Meredith learned firsthand how desperate the need is for humane education in Los Angeles and how few resources there are for the community to access it. This sparked the idea of creating an independent Humane Education Center. With the help of her previous co-worker, Jennifer, it is their goal to make Paws and Learn a primary source of educational animal information. Meredith shares her home with her husband, son, their lab rescue Harley, and a parakeet named Blair.


jennJennifer Bailey: Jennifer has been passionate about rescue since she brought home her first stray dog when she was in the fifth grade. Her parents taught her empathy and compassion for all life at an early age. After graduating from USC, she worked in television production to pay the rent and volunteered with many rescues around Los Angeles to get her animal fix. Jennifer enjoyed working mobile adoptions where she was given a chance to interact with the public and educate people. When a fulltime position in Humane Education opened up, she jumped at the opportunity to combine her love of animals, children and puppets. Jennifer believes strongly that by educating children, we are creating better adults.  She is very excited to be a part of Paws and Learn with Meredith.  Jennifer continues to bring home strays. She and her husband Erik currently share their home with 4 rescues: pit bull mix Lily and their three cats Pip, Eowyn and Wednesday.

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