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In Hampton Bays, dog whisperer trades Cali for canines

Michael Kaviani's love of dogs has brought him

Michael Kaviani's love of dogs has brought him all the way from California to the Southampton Animal Shelter. Credit: Brian Bossetta

Dog whisperer Mike Kaviani began putting his passion into practice as a teenager while working at the Irvine Animal Care Center in his hometown of Irvine, Calif. During his tenure, he spearheaded the care center’s Third Chance for Pets Program, which enabled overcrowded shelters to transfer pets slated for euthanasia to his care until they could be placed in permanent homes.

Today, Kaviani is director of behavior and training at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation in Hampton Bays, a private not-for-profit that took over day-to-day operations from the Town of Southampton in January.

He recently spoke about his background, his role at the shelter and his passion for animals.

Q: How did you end up in Southampton, coming from Southern California?

Mike Kaviani: In 2008 I attended the [Humane Society of the United States] Animal Care Expo, where I met Aimee Sadler, who is affiliated with the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. Two years later, I received a phone call from Susan Kelly, the foundation’s personnel director, and the rest is history. After flying to Southampton to see the facility, and more importantly to meet the foundation employees, the decision to come here was really a no-brainer.

Read the rest of Kaviani's story here.

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