East Carolina University Shelter Dog Walking Program

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Recorded On: 03/10/2020


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This webinar provides an overview of the Fitness Walking/Dog Walking program which is a successful partnership between the Pitt County Animal Services and East Carolina University. Program creator Dr. Sartore-Baldwin explains the logistics as well as data and research studies she has identified as the program has progressed.   The program itself is constantly evolving and, as a result, has incorporated several COVID guidelines as a means to maintain the program during the pandemic.  

Read this blog about the program.

This webinar recording is part of the new Innovation Bank. The Innovation Bank is a collection of bright ideas, innovative programs, and research that your organization can use for inspiration. Recorded sessions will be added to the series throughout Fall 2020.

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Melanie Sartore-Baldwin

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology

East Carolina University

Melanie Sartore-Baldwin, PhD, is an Associate Professor within the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University where she teaches in both the undergraduate Sport Studies program and the graduate-level Sport Management program.  To date, Dr. Sartore-Baldwin has researched numerous social justice and diversity-related issues within sport and physical activity including weight discrimination, sexual prejudice, gender ideology, and the use of non-human animals.  Her current focus is on how the relationships humans form with non-human animals within the contexts of sport and physical activity can be leveraged to promote change.  Recently, Dr. Sartore-Baldwin entered into her eighth year as coordinator for the Fitness Walking/Dog Walking program and is the contact person for the recently developed human-animal interaction minor at East Carolina University.  

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