About

StLHuggs is a Saint Louis, Missouri-based owner trained service dog program and a social group for Service Dog Teams. StLHuggs operates as a program under Furry Inc, a 501c3 not-for-profit

Mission Statement

The mission of StlHuggs is to provide owners with opportunities to use reward-based training methods while preparing their companion dogs for service dog work. The group also promotes awareness of the benefits of proper dog training and ownership.

Goals and Objectives

  • To provide members with an ongoing, rewards-based service dog training program.
  • To provide a source of support for those in our community who would benefit from the services of a service dog.
  • To promote the spirit of responsible and loving pet ownership among all participants throughout the community.
  • To foster and encourage the development and improvement of rewards-based dog training and owner-trained service dogs throughout our community.

Trainers

Liz Johnston (Retired Founder and Master Trainer)
Kevin E Hill (Executive Director and Trainer)
Carol Sineni (Treasure and Lead Trainer)
Tammy Jones (Trainer)

ZERO TOLERANCE DISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

Zero Tolerance means that every claim of harassment or discrimination is taken seriously, with a goal to deter and eliminate undesirable conduct. A Zero-Tolerance Policy imposes automatic consequences for infractions of StLHuggs’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Retaliation Policy.

NOTICE OF ZERO-TOLERANCE DISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

This policy prohibits StLHuggs Board of Directors, Officers, Trainers, Staff, Volunteers, Clients and any other persons that attend our events from discriminating against any other StLHuggs Board of Directors, Officers, Trainers, Staff, Volunteers, Clients and any other persons that attend our event s on the basis of characteristics, including, but not limited to:

  • sex, sexual orientation, or preference
  • gender
  • gender identity
  • race, color
  • religion
  • national origin
  • creed
  • citizenship status
  • ancestry
  • age
  • marital status
  • pregnancy
  • childbirth or related medical conditions
  • medical conditions including
    • genetic characteristics
    • mental or physical disability
  • military or veteran status

StLHuggs supports a Zero Tolerance Policy for any form of discrimination, including sexual harassment and bullying. Zero Tolerance means that every claim of harassment or discrimination is taken seriously, with a goal to deter and eliminate undesirable conduct. A Zero-Tolerance Policy imposes automatic consequences for infractions of StLHuggs’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Retaliation Policy.

This will be in effect regardless of individual culpability. Anyone who violates this policy of zero tolerance is subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination or dismissal.

RETALIATION

StLHuggs strictly prohibits all forms of unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), discrimination, or retaliation in any form. StLHuggs takes all complaints of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation seriously and wants the opportunity to internally resolve any problems that may arise. No individual will be retaliated against or otherwise disciplined for reporting in good faith an incident of harassment, discrimination or retaliation or for participating in an investigation. The reporting individual and all parties participating in an investigation have the assurance of StLHuggs that no reprisals will be taken as the result of the complaint unless the complaint was filed in bad faith or for an improper purpose. If any individual feels he/she/they has been retaliated against, he/she/they should immediately report the retaliatory conduct to the President and/or any member of the Board of Directors. StLHuggs’s Notice of Non-Discrimination may be found on our webpage. You may also visit https://wwwstlhuggs.org

(a) Verbal harassment such as jokes, epithets, slurs, and unwelcome remarks about an individual’s body, dress, clothing, race, physical appearance or abilities, derogatory comments, discussions of a sexual nature, and/or harassing remarks.

(b) This nonharassment policy also applies to misgendering, failure to use preferred pronouns, and deadnaming any individual(s).,