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Nipped in the Bud-Not in the Butt

Posted on Oct 05 2012 under Family-Friends, Previous Programs

The holidays are upon us along with the hustle, bustle and stress that come along with the various expectations, values and traditions we hold dear. You want to spend time with your family and friends which often requires traveling and visiting each other’s homes. But what if you want to bring your beloved pet with you…they are family members too…right? Or, if you have a gathering at your home, you would love it if everyone embraced your pet with love and care. When pet owners and non pet owners disagree about the inclusion of pets in holiday gatherings, then conflict can be lurking in the corner.
In our show, Nipped in the Bud – Not in the Butt, Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton will join me to discuss how she uses alternative dispute resolution in the emotionally charged venue of conflicts between people and animals. By using mediation and collaborative practice, clients become part of the solution process, not powerless bystanders. The process respects the emotions of the people in the conflict over an animal and recognizes the power emotions can have over the parties.


Attorney Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton is an experienced litigator, turned mediator/collaborative professional with years of animal conflict experience. She brings vast and varied experience in the animal world to the table, as a neutral in mediation or as a representative of a party in a collaborative process. She is an Attorney Mediator focusing on helping people in conflict about an animal. She helps resolve their conflict without litigation. Debra works with divorcing couples, neighbors, vets, dog owners, breeders and handlers to name a few of her clients. She is admitted to practice law in all New York State Courts. Debra is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional, and has worked with various court based mediation programs in NYC (Queens-Community Mediation Service) Westchester and Rockland (Cluster of Westchester & Rockland).

For More Information:  Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq


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