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Paula Garber


B.S. English/Education, 1990, State University of New York at Albany

M.Ed. Secondary English, 1994, University of Colorado at Boulder

Diploma, Feline Behavior Science and Technology, in progress, Companion Animal Sciences Institute

Industry Certifications

Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional, 2014, Animal Behavior Institute

Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist, 2014, Animal Behavior Institute

Certified in Low-Stress Handling for Cats and Dogs (2015-Silver)

Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer, 2018

Current industry roles:

Feline Committee Chair and Steering Committee member for The Pet Professional Guild

Founding member of the Cat Protection Council of Westchester

Supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

Publications on cat training and behavior:

BARKS from the Guild, The Pet Professional Guild

Blogs from the Guild, The Pet Professional Guild

The Pet Gazette Westchester

    ndustry Certifications

    Pet Professional Accreditation Board

    • Professional Canine Behavior Consultant – Accredited

    Companion Animal Sciences Institute 

    •  Diploma of Animal Behavior Science and Technology (Dip ABST) with distinction
    •  Diploma of Dog Training and Behaviour Consulting (Dip DTBC) with distinction
    Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
    • Certified Animal Behavior Technologist (CABT)
    • Certified Dog Behavior Technologist (CDBT)
    • Certified Dog Trainer (CDT)


    Paula Garber is the owner of LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions, LLC, in Westchester County, New York. Her love of animals was fostered from an early age as the daughter of a small-animal veterinarian (her father) and a champion show dog breeder and bull terrier rescuer (her mother). She grew up with a “zoo” of animals but has always had a passion for and special bond with cats.

    Over the years, Paula has been many things—teacher, writer, book editor, project developer—but her love of cats ultimately steered her toward a career in cat behavior. In 2006, she became a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) volunteer and advocate for community cats, and also began caring for several feral cat colonies. These experiences sparked a special interest in cat behavior and led to her mission to prevent cats from being abandoned, relinquished to shelters, or euthanized because of behavior problems.

    LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions brings together in one place Paula’s personal and professional skills, her love of cats, and her mission to keep the bond between cat and guardian strong and healthy for the benefit of each. This is her passion—a passion she will share with you.

    Paula is the chair of the Pet Professional Guild’s (PPG) Feline Committee, serves on the PPG’s Steering Committee, and is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She also serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester and hosts an annual volunteer event to build winter shelters for feral cats in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband, Bruce, and five rescued cats. 

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