We are honored to serve our community and our nations heroes.
Shannon Kane, after 30 years of working with dogs and breeding Labrador Retrievers, created Willow Kane Farm Labrador Retrievers. After being diagnosed with Severe Depressive Disorder, PTSD and Anxiety Disorder in 2018 she realized that the main avenue of finding a Service Dog cost $20,000 or more; and on average $50,000. In 2021, with the encouragement of her husband and some that had adopted Labradors from her, Shannon started a nonprofit to breed and start exceptional puppies and donate to accredited organizations that offered trained Service Dogs to Military Veterans and First Responders with PTSD and other Mental Health/Psychiatric Disabilities. Shannon recognized that there was still an underserved population, low-income civilians, and Althea Canines was born. With an amazing group of volunteers and partner in Amy, Shannon began to realize her dream to offer quality bred, exceptionally raised and now ethically and professionally trained Service and Facility Dogs to make an impactful difference in the lives of those affected by Mental Health and Psychiatric Disabilities.
Shannon has been married to her High School sweetheart Roger for nearly 30-years and has three grown children. She enjoys raising and working with her Labradors, dock diving with her Lab Pluto, camping on the coast and traveling with friends and family.
Amy comes to Althea Canine as the Managing Director after retiring as a 911 Dispatcher with 20 years of service. As mental health is becoming more prevalent for First Responders, she offers the knowledge and empathy of the day-to-day challenges they face on and off the job.
Her service dog Sailor comes with a story all her own. She was rescued from the meat market trade in Beijing China in March of 2021, flew 30 hours on a cargo plane with 19 other dogs. She completed 10 months of training and graduated with Amy as a Service Dog Team in 2023.
Amy lives in Citrus Heights, CA with her husband Doug who is a retired Deputy and a Military veteran. They love to RV and paddleboard (yes Sailor goes too!)
Pete comes to Althea Canine after retiring from a 30 plus year career in the fire service with both Auburn City Fire and CalFire. During this time, he discovered his passion to teach. He brings to the table a vast amount of teaching experience at Local, State and Federal levels. From basic firefighter skills to advanced incident management.
After retirement, Pete was diagnosed with PTSD after two life changing events brought out what he had ignored throughout his career. Pete discovered how a service dog helps with dealing with the effects of PTSD. He and his service dog Fergus completed a yearlong training program and graduated from the program as a Service Dog Team. Pete now uses his vast amount of teaching experience along with his experience in dealing with the effects of PTSD and applying the healing effects of a service dog in helping others with their battles. He often refers to this as his “Post Traumatic Purpose”.
Pete lives in Auburn, CA with his wife Pam. He enjoys spending time with their grandson Drew, fishing, woodworking and training service dogs. His motto is One team, One Fight.
Christopher Hayes comes to Althea Canines with over 17-years of experience in working with dogs of all ages, breeds and experiences. He graduated from SFSPCA Dog Tec School and is K-9 CPR certification. Christopher enjoys working with humans to help them learn safe and effective communication and working with clients teaching about canine behavior and positive reinforcement training methodologies. Christopher has conducted training classes and assisted with animal behavior help requests, enrichment programs, brought groups of dogs to open spaces for off-leash play and socialization, teaching recall work and name recognition, appropriate play skills with other dogs, conducted training classes and assisted with animal behavior help requests and enrichment programs, all of which makes him a great fit at Althea Canines, giving our clients the best support in working with their dogs, in our classes, public access work and in our weekly Canine Camp.
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