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$10 Amazon/PP-3-WW-How to Use Mediation to Resolve Conflicts over Animals-Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton-Ends 11/29

Monday, November 14, 2016



My Review

Everyone should read this book, especially at this time when hatred is being spewed all over--the internet included! I have never been a fan of "legal remedies". Actually I don't trust lawyers all that much--It goes against my grain that they can one minute be fighting for the plaintiff then the next switch gears and fight for the defendant. I do understand the need for them to be able to preform this sleight of hand--but it does not mean I have to like it! Most of our politicians are lawyers--need I say more? As of right now we have a bunch of Big Business people in government--they are no better in my opinion! You may agree or disagree with me--but that is my opinion and I agree to disagree with those of you of opposing opinions. We all have the right to our own opinions!

I had heard of mediation before but honestly did not know too much about it. After having read this book it does seem to me that mediation is a far better route to travel then a courthouse. It explains the entire process in easy to understand language, and why, especially when in a dispute over a beloved pet (who is considered property in a court of law)-it is the way to proceed. There is no right or wrong in Mediation--but there is a way to bring two or more parties to a mutually satisfying conclusion and at a much lower cost!

This book explains the process from one end to the other using anecdotal situations. At the end there is a compilation of resources which you can go to if you are in need of a moderator.


Conflicts over animals are among the toughest to resolve. People form deep emotional bonds with their pets—after all, they're members of the family—so when a dispute involves animals, people get just as angry as if the clash were over their human children. When they've finally had enough, they head to court where the law treats the pet as property—as just a thing.

But there's a better way: mediation. Whether your conflict is over who gets the cat in a divorce, how to deal with a barking dog, or any other issue, a neutral mediator can bring you and the other person together so you can hear each other out, acknowledge each other's feelings, and resolve your dispute. Not only can mediation settle the conflict in less time and with less expense than litigation, but it can save and even strengthen relationships.

In Nipped in the Bud, Not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation to Resolve Conflicts over Animals, litigator-turned-mediator Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton introduces her proven techniques for addressing your conflict, working out a mutually satisfactory solution, and ensuring the well-being of the most important party—the beloved pet or animal in need.

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Resolving Animal Conflicts Without Litigation

a way to address conflicts between people involving animals


"This book really resonated with me. Debra does an excellent job providing a realistic approach to conflicts over pets. When I opened the book , I immediately noticed Debra’s passion with regards to animal conflict resolution. She does an excellent job explaining the history of mediation, and the significance of mediation in resolving conflict."



"A Must Read for all of us who love our companion animals!!"



"If you love or work with animals, you must read this…
A comprehensive, yet easy guide to avoiding litigation and achieving success through mediation in disputes over animals. This is a must read for pet owners, veterinarians, trainers, barn managers, grooms (in barn settings) pet groomers, pet rescue and adoption organizations and anyone else who wishes to avoid the pain and pitfalls of court battles"


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About the Author

Debra spent 30 years as a practicing litigator, but she is now a full-time mediator and conflict coach for people in disputes over animals.


She works both nationwide and internationally. She has far-reaching experience in resolving interpersonal conflicts involving animals, and she is also well-known in the world of purebred dogs as a top breeder and exhibitor of Irish setters and long-haired dachshunds.

Debra speaks widely on the topic of how mediation techniques can help people address conflicts without litigation. She has presented at veterinary schools, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, the Living With Animals conference, state bar association Animal Law Committee meetings, and animal interest group meetings.

Debra also writes a blog for Hamilton Law and Mediation and is a contributor to the Solo Practice University blog and the Canine Chronicle. She has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and the New York Times.

As the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC—the nation’s first solo mediation practice dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts over animals—Debra uses alternative dispute resolution to help address disagreements over the family pet during divorce, neighbors’ arguments over a barking dog, and confrontations between clients and veterinarians and other professionals who work with animals. HLM also looks forward to helping animal rights and welfare advocates see the benefit of having a conversation about the best interests of all parties—especially the animals—to resolve animal-related disputes.

Debra is admitted to practice law in all New York State courts. She is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional and has worked with various court-based mediation programs in New York City (Queens-Community Mediation Service) and in Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York (Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers).



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17 comments :

Gladys Parker said...

How to Use Mediation to Resolve Conflicts Over Animals sounds very possibly like a great opportunity. At first I read it as meditation and I thought ho helpful because plain meditation (none of the cult crap).Can actually make one very calm and kinda self soother. I would think people in this relaxed state could debate or discuss a volital situation easier. Any way back to the actual book I believe we pass our feeling of happiness as well as nervousness as stress on to our animals just like we would our children. Mediation would be calmer and less stressful, especially not having to wait for a bill from a person that probably could care less who wins.

Sharon Martin said...

Yes I think all pet owners would benefit from reading this, to stop situations getting out of control.

shelly said...

This sounds like a very interesting read. I've never heard of this but worth checking out.

Libby's Library said...

I should get a copy of this book for my vet to keep at her office!

Neely said...

This would make a great gift for an animal lvoer. We dont have any pets but so many of our friends do!

Liz Mays said...

I never would have realized this before, but now that I have two cats, I can totally see how it would be a battle. I know I'd fight for mine!

Divya said...

When I first read the description of this book, I thought it was referring to mediation BETWEEN animals! (That would be an interesting read too, don't you think?)

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

I've never known anyone that was fighting over their pets. Mediation has the potential to be useful in divorce so I'm sure it's useful in other ways as well.

Alicia V said...

This is interesting. I've also never heard of mediation between a pet.

Adrianas Best Recipes said...

Mediation is a great thing but also very difficult, glad that here is a resource to get tidbits of information on how to handle conflict.

Eliz Frank said...

I have to say it is a great title and worth exploring. It saddens me when separating couples fight over everything including the family pet... why not share?
As for your other points, you are spot on!

Carrie Rundhaug said...

What an interesting concept for a book! I love Meditation but haven't thought about using it for this purpose before. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

Linda Szymoniak said...

I haven't had any conflicts directly, but being involved in animal rescue, I know quite a few peple who have. I'm sharing the link to your book to my rescue friends on Facebook. I'm sure quite a few will be interested.

Clara said...

People do form deep attachments with their pets so ending a relationship can mean a big battle. Great idea for a book.

Sara said...

I have not had any conflicts with animals in the past.

Geraldine Sandoval said...

I really never had any conflict with any of our pets, all of them are rescue pets.

Holly Thomas said...

I have not had a conflict yet.

 
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