Project BARC, Building Adolescent Responsibility and Compassion
Project BARC is a collaboration between the Humane Society of West Michigan and the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center. Its purpose is two-fold: to build responsibility, compassion, and self-confidence among the teens in the detention center and to increase dog adoptions.
You'll see some of the lives (both human and canine) that Project BARC has transformed in this inspiring film with a very happy ending: the BARC Graduation Ceremony and the joyful results of everyone's hard work.
The HelpMeHelpYou series describes animal-assisted programs around the country in which both animals and children benefit from their interactions. See also Faith and Hope on a Farm and Green Chimneys, Blue Skies.
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Each of the films in this series describes an individual animal-assisted program and features children who have found help and hope. Each program is unique, but all are inspirational reminders of the healing power of the human-animal bond.
Viewers will gain insight into starting, building, and maintaining effective programs in which both children and animals benefit.
Green Chimneys, Blue Skies At Green Chimneys School in Brewster, New York, animals have been helping kids succeed academically, socially, and emotionally for more than 65 years. In turn, kids have been helping rescued animals. How and why do they do it?
This film is part of the HelpMeHelpYou series of films where animals and children can care for each other, and through their interaction help each other. It is also a comprehensive and detailed look at Green Chimneys' philosophy and methods. It is also a reminder of the power of the human-animal bond and sure to leave you moved and inspired.
A teenager adopts her first dog and wants to learn how to become a responsible pet owner.
Our host Marisela employs both charm and humor to describe what she learned in order to have a happy life with her new dog Roxie.
She explores topics such as behavior and training including clicker training, nutrition, exercise, licensing, vaccinations, the importance of spaying and neutering, and socialization. Discussions with a Veterinarian and an Animal Behaviorist set Marisela and Roxie on the right path.
Available in DVD only. The DVD contains both the English and Spanish versions.
English version 8:23 minutes
Spanish version 10:37 minutes
Latham(2012) Best Dog Ever clip on YouTube
Faith and Hope on a Farm is an inspiring reminder of why we teach compassion, empathy, and respect to help break the cycle of abuse. This film is part of the HelpMeHelpYou series of films where animals and children can care for each other, and through their interaction help each other.
The film highlights Forget Me Not Farm in Santa Rosa, California, where at-risk children and animals bond and heal to break the cycle of abuse. Children learn gentle touch and respect for both other humans and animals through animal-assisted and horticultural activities at this safe haven.
The film features Faith, a formerly-abused child who was adopted by wonderful parents. You'll see her blossom at Forget Me Not Farm and you'll be reminded that where there's life, there's hope.
Brother Buzz has been the spokesperson for The Latham Foundation for over 80 years. With great charm and several manifestations, he has helped us spread our message of kindness to all. Brother Buzz began as a character in our children's stories in the late 1930's, had his own radio program a decade later, and in 1952 became a TV star as a marionette operated by Ralph Chesse. The Wonderful World of Brother Buzz was on the air until 1969. This limited edition DVD gives you a a bit of our history to enjoy the story telling of days gone by. DVD ONLY(ntsc) See a clip on YouTube
Examining the pit bull issue for potential adopters
For many years Pit Bulls were loved and found to be wonderful family companions; however, recent press reports contend they are vicious, unpredictable, and able to kill with a single bite. How do we resolve this paradox? This film puts the breed in perspective and encourages understanding and appreciation. It also discusses important things that anyone considering adopting a pit bull should take into account and emphasizes owner responsibility. Each DVD package also includes a reproducible resource guide for further information and a 12-minute version especially for adopters. 12 minute and 29 minutes on DVD, available in either NTSC or PAL. Pit Bull Paradox on YouTube
Caring Careers focuses on several animal-oriented professions that require less formal training than that needed to become a veterinarian. You'll meet a dog groomer, a dog walker and pet sitter, an equine massage therapist, a reptile and amphibian specialist, an up-and-coming horse trainer, and several veterinary technicians. Each gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their world as they candidly discuss how they got started, the joys and challenges they encounter, and the rewards they experience in their chosen caring career. Today it's more possible than ever before to make a living while showing one's respect and love for animals.
Using examples on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Nations and the Montana Spay Neuter Task Force, this film demonstrates successful strategies for overcoming resistance and communicating the benefits of spaying and neutering domestic animals. It's a slice of life that you might otherwise not see, and it respectfully illustrates what works. 21 minutes. Principal photography by Dezsoe "Steve" Nagy, use of "The Music of the Grand Canyon" donated by Nicholas Gunn. www.nicholasgunn.com. AVAILABLE IN VHS(ntsc/pal) OR DVD(ntsc) - Note your choice on the order form notes area. Reaching Out on YouTube
This DVD, which features mail carriers and meter readers in real-world situations, is designed for anyone whose job includes regular or occasional home visits.
This DVD, which features mail carriers and meter readers in real-world situations, is designed for anyone whose job includes regular or occasional home visits. "Dog Defense" emphasizes techniques for avoiding bites but it also shows how to best protect oneself if an attack is inevitable. It is based on the most current advice from dog bite prevention experts and animal behaviorists. The DVD package includes a reproducible handout of training tips and resources.
When animals are abused, people are at risk; when people are abused, animals are at risk. This video, which is accompanied by a 64-page cross training manual, helps child protection, human service, domestic violence, and animal welfare professionals identify, report, investigate, and treat interrelated forms of family violence. The video is a sensitive portrayal featuring a cross-disciplinary team of experts. It promotes community awareness about the connections between family violence and animal abuse. The video and manual are designed to train agency personnel, cross-train other agencies, sensitize community groups, and build coalitions. (26 minutes; Mature teens through adult; psychology, corrections) AVAILABLE IN VHS(ntsc/pal) OR DVD(ntsc) See a clip of Breaking the Cycles on Youtube
Quantity discounts of the training manual are available.
Latham Classic Series - Prevention through understanding is the focus of this video. It explains how to recognize and handle dangerous dogs and how not to become a statistic. Highly skilled dog trainers demonstrate what to do if threatened by an aggressive dog. "Dog Bite Prevention" is recommended viewing for postal workers, delivery people, utility employees, sales people, and anyone who has occasion to make home visits. The video is also important for dog owners, since most unreported dog bites occur within the home--to dog owners and their families. (All ages; 15 minutes. Social studies, science) AVAILABLE IN VHS(ntsc/pal) OR DVD(ntsc) Latham has released a new film on this subject in 2006. See Dog Defense. Video Sample of Dog Bite Prevention (1992)
Latham Classic Series - This video describes an innovative project at Sonoma County Humane Society in which volunteer master gardeners work with at-risk children, helping them recover the joys of nurturing and experience success through gardening and animal care. (15 minutes; Mature teens through Adult; psychology, child development; science) AVAILABLE IN VHS(ntsc/pal)and DVD (1993)
HCAB: the benefits of companion animals among the elderly
Latham Classic Series - A documentary of a program begun by Dr. Dan Lago at State College Pennsylvania where elderly people and companion animals are paired with volunteers who make home visits to help alleviate loneliness. The video shows that program in action, highlighting the benefits resulting from the three-way relationship. (8th Grade through Adult; geriatrics, psychology) AVAILABLE IN VHS(ntsc/pal) OR DVD(ntsc)
Latham Classic Series - Describes a program at Washington State's Purdy Women's Prison in which dogs from humane societies are obedience trained by the inmates and placed in loving homes. Both inmates and program administrators candidly describe the benefits of this Human Companion Animal Bond related program. (8th Grade through Adult; corrections, social studies) AVAILABLE IN VHS(ntsc/pal) OR DVD(ntsc)