April 06, 2021 05:00 PM - April 06, 2021 07:00 PM
April Mediation Clinic

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Social & Emotional Concerns for Pets & Their Owners
April 6, Tuesday | 5:00-7:00pm PDT | Online via Zoom


This workshop, led by Ren Volpe and Angela Padilla, will focus on the impact of loss and separation on pets and on their people.


When changes occur, including death, loss of companionship dissolution of families, and our beloved pets find themselves in an unfamiliar environment, whether physically or emotionally, what does that mean to everyone involved and what this might look like in a conflict resolution setting.


Participants will learn:

  • How far reaching the impact can be on pets and their people
  • What loss looks like for a pet
  • What to take into consideration from a conflict resolution point of view



Ren Volpe

Ren Volpe is a certified behavior consultant and a professional dog trainer with 30 years of experience training, boarding, and rescuing dogs.


Ren is the founder and CEO of GoDogPro, a comprehensive, searchable, online directory that matches dog owners with force-free professional dog walkers, trainers, groomers, and petsitters. Ren is a graduate of The Dog Training Internship Academy (DTIA) and is a certified separation anxiety trainer (CSAT), specializing in treating dogs with anxiety and reactivity using science-based, positive reinforcement methods.


Ren has fostered nearly 200 rescue dogs in her home and works closely with Family Dog Rescue in San Francisco to help rescue dogs find and stay in their forever homes. Ren writes a monthly feature for Baywoof, a digital magazine that provides canine news and education for San Francisco Bay Area dog lovers.

Angela Padilla
Family Dog Rescue was founded in 2010 by Angela L. Padilla, a young mom battling breast cancer. As a grassroots-grown, 501c3 dog rescue organization, we save over 1,000 dogs per year from certain euthanasia and place them with loving families. We have been featured by The Discovery Channel, The Huffington Post, PayPal, Martha Stewart Living, Uber, Instagram, Iam Somerhalder Foundation, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Angela Padilla is also Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Employment at Uber in San Francisco. Ms. Padilla previously served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in VMware, Inc.’s Palo Alto in 2010-2015. She has an active pro bono practice which includes animal rights cases. For example, she was counsel in a novel challenge to the living conditions of factory farm animals in California.


Ms. Padilla received her J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She received her B.A. degree from Harvard College, Magna Cum Laude.


Online via Zoom