As friends in the animal welfare community with similar ideas for promoting adoption and education, the founding members of CARMAA, Inc., Eve Salimbene, April Minech, Becky DiLucia, Lilian Akin, and Holly Gumbeski came together with one goal — form a cooperative effort in which multiple animal groups could come together to educate the public and promote animal adoption.
Dismissing politics and competition, celebrating diversity and a common goal, and focusing on finding unique ways for shelters and rescue organizations to support each other, CARMAA was formed to celebrate one common unified cause in the animal community — finding homeless pets their forever homes.
To promote the welfare of companion animals through adoption-driven events and education.
CARMAA — Coalition to Adopt, Rehome and Match Abandoned Animals — a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, works to reduce the number of homeless animals by supporting adoption, spay/neuter programs and hosting events for educating both the shelter community and the public on animal welfare issues. CARMAA’s goal is to serve as an umbrella organization supporting a collective community of compassionate people, advocating every day for homeless animals.
Focusing on finding unique ways for shelters and rescue organizations to support each other, CARMAA celebrates a unified cause in the animal community — finding homeless pets their forever homes. CARMAA believes everyone can take part in making a difference, and that people are willing to do the right thing, once they know what it is. Be a part of the solution.
An artist and interior designer, April’s true passion was volunteering with several animal shelters, as well as Boston Terrier and French Bulldog rescue groups. As she became more involved with abandoned and abused dogs, she discovered the need for behavioral rehabilitation through training. She became interested in positive reinforcement methods of dog training while working with the large and difficult-to-handle shelter dogs and backward puppy mill rescues. Recognizing that both the shyest and strongest of dogs needed the same gentle approach, April sought a non-forceful way to work with them and a method of training that they would both enjoy. This inspired her to travel around the country for the past 10 years studying accomplished animal behaviorists and develop training methods that worked on the most problematic of dogs. April shares her home with four behaviorally challenged rescued dogs, several foster dogs, a ball python, and an understanding husband.
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