Area Resident David J. Henon Recieves the Pawsitive People Award from Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM)

AWSOM's Annual Fur Ball took place on November 8, 2019 and area resident, David J. Henon, was presented with the Pawsitive People Award.  Read more about David below.


David has a passion for animals and had many pets including a dog named Fifi, a cat, hamsters, gerbils, fish, mice and even a rabbit.


After being a investment broker in Philadelphia he moved to the Poconos with his Saint Bernard, Zackary for a simpler life. He opened a successful cleaning business, Mountain Cleaning Service.


After meeting a partner he moved to Connecticut where he worked for Yale University and began studying Canine Behavior at The College of Animal Behavior, where he received a diploma. At the same time he worked at Petsmart as a Pet Trainer.  He volunteered at The New Haven Animal Shelter and became the Vice President of the volunteer group, The Friends of The New Haven Animal Shelter. David was appointed by the Mayor to be a Humane Commissioner for the City of New Haven. He and six other individuals were responsible to overseeing the animal shelter, the staff, including the Animal Control Officers, the conditions of the shelter, all the animals within the city limits as well as writing procedures and protocols. David would take a pet of the week into the local ABC news station to be featured on the news once a week. He cultivated a relationship between the ABC Station and the animal shelter and was offered a spot monthly, highlighting dog topics.  It was something he loved to do as he was able to reach more folks.


David returned to Pennsylvania four years ago. He knew he wanted to get involved with the animals in local communities and he got in touch with AWSOM immediately.  He walked dogs and would teach them basic commands. He also returned to school and received another diploma from CATCH, Canine Training Academy. David is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and offers the exams free within local communities in both Monroe and Pike Counties. He also provides free dog training sessions throughout the Pocono Mountains. To see whats up with David, one only needs to go to his Facebook page, University of Pets and you will see what he is up to next.  He joined the Fundraising Committee because he saw what a blast folks were having and dove right in on the fun. Speaking of diving in, David heads up the Splish Splash Doggie Bash every year at Rainbow Mountain.


David loves what he does as a professional dog trainer and now specializes in aggression, as he states they are the toughest yet the most rewarding. He also does Pet Sitting and dog walking. He has four kids of his own, two Saint Bernards, Bernice and Aries as well as two cats, Bernie, a feral cat from Saw Creek Estates and Peggy from AWSOM. He often says “If you love that you do, you never work a day in your life.”  David has a passion for animals and it shows.


On behalf of all the animals you've loved and helped....Congratulations David!  

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