Behavior Consultant Team Lead
Melissa Pezzuto, a certified professional dog trainer CPDTKA and Fear Free professional, leads the behavior team at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. She is responsible for working with caregivers and staff to implement training and management programs for Sanctuary residents. Melissa focuses on dogs new to the Sanctuary and helps to identify unique personalities and potential behavior challenges. In 2017, Melissa deployed to Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey, where she was responsible for managing an emergency shelter caring for over 400 dogs. Melissa is active in the Best Friends shelter mentorship program, providing guidance to Best Friends Network partner shelters across the country. Before coming to Best Friends, Melissa resided in Wisconsin, where she was involved in training and rescue in several capacities. She was the director for the Wisconsin Boston Terrier Rescue, the enrichment coordinator for a local shelter, and a private trainer focusing on fearfree handling techniques.