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Connecting animals and people is what Pet Connections is all about. Innovative and groundbreaking, Pet Connections combines the healing power of pets with interactive skill building to provide a unique experience for each person.

Pet Connections provides opportunities for career development and training for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who are considering a career in pet and animal care.  Participants in Pet Connections get a glimpse into careers in the animal care field including instruction in dog grooming and making animal related products for the BAD DOG retail line.

The career training component of Pet Connections is provided, in part through the BAD DOG retail program and the BAD DOG Spa.

Contact: JoEllen Schaefer at 585.919.2118

BAD DOG™ Retail Products

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Available at the following locations:

BAD DOG shampoo and accessories are made by hand, wherever possible, by participants of our Pet Connections program. Find these products available online and in local retail stores.

BAD DOG Shampoo

BAD DOG Training Mats

BAD DOG Customizable Pet Tags

BAD DOG Pull Toys

BAD DOG Bandanas

BAD DOG Collar Covers

By purchasing BAD DOG retail products, you can help to grow Pet Connections and increase our ability to offer innovative animal-assisted programs, community activities and paid employment for people disabilities through Ontario ARC.

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BAD DOG Spa is a modern twist on the traditional pet grooming joint. BAD DOG Spa offers paid employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and all of our grooming packages include the use of our own BAD DOG Shampoo which is bottled, labeled and shipped on-site.

Proceeds from BAD DOG Spa benefit Pet Connections.

Click here for more information and to see our full menu of services.


You may also book an appointment by calling (585) 919-2177

Pet Connections offers a wide array of services based on three main outlets: animal-assisted activities, animal-assisted therapy, and animal-assisted education. Pet Connections creates new opportunities in employment, creative expression, social and self-esteem building, and physical development.

We’ve partnered with local organizations to enhance the recreational, social and career opportunities for the people we support. Pet Connections is proud to have formed partnerships with the Active Academy After School Tales for Tails, the Ontario County Health Facility, the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Finger Lakes Pet Resort, and a number of local businesses. Participants in Pet Connections visit these organizations with registered therapy dogs to share the benefits of working with animals with the community.

Contact: JoEllen Schaefer at 585.919.2118

Pet Connections strives to be a leader in the education of dogs and their handlers, whether the goal is to have a great family dog or a highly-trained therapy dog to work in the community or in your therapy practice. Visit our Community Trainings section for class information and sign up.

To schedule a Pet Connections™ screening, please contact Gail Furst at gfurst@ontarioarc.org or (585) 919-2146.

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