please share your stories with us!

We love hearing how The Inner Pup has been a part of your life or has made a positive impact on your pets life! 

what do student say after our course?

Marina Hartford, 6th grade

“I promise to take care of you. I promise to give you everything you need. I promise to give you food and toys. I promise to let you sleep” 

Jakhi Paige, 6th grade

"I promise to not leave my dog chained up outside. I promise to play with them when they are whining. I promise not to fight them with other dogs. I promise to feed and walk them"

Demine, 6th grade

“I promise that I will love my dog. I promise to respect my dog. I promise to care for my dog. I promise to protect my dog” 

Wylesia Sparkman, 6th grade

"Thank you for the dog visits, teaching us about dogs and how we should take care of them" 

Ahilah Finnie, 7th grade

“I promise to always be there and never give up or abandon you. I promise to always take you to the vet if you need it. I promise to always love and support you and never give you away to anyone. I promise to never be aggressive and abusive and never get frustrated because teaching times time.” 

Elise, 6th grade

"Dear TIP, thank you for giving us all the things we need to know to take care of our animals. Thank you for teaching us how they feel. I promise to show them love when they feel lonely. I promise to give my dog food and shelter and now leave them outside. I promise to make them feel at home"

Brian Lee, 7th grade

"Thank you for teaching us about dogs. Now I know I can own a dog and give it love and support. And, I promise to not abuse my dog so my dog will not be scared of humans"

Jardyn Williams, 8th grade

“Thank you so much for everything you have done for us. We respect how much thought you guys put into us. Meeting dogs was fun and this will be a moment not to forget. Thanks to you guys I really know what it takes to own a dog. And, I promise to always help an animal when it needs help (on a road or abandoned) ” 

Reina Lawrence, 6th grade

“I promise to show my dog love by petting him. I promise to never abuse my dog by hurting him. I promise to give him a good environment to live in. I promise when I see a dog on the street and he looks like he needs help, I will help find a loving family.”  

Travis Clark, 6th grade

“I promise to never abuse you or leave you in a hot car. I promise to make your days, the best days of your life. I promise to make you happy and go outside with you. I promise to train you.” 

Express your Inner Pup: testimonials

Peyton Bullard, 2019

Without you I would not been able to have my "Mandy." I am 79, live alone, & only get $680.00 a month SS. God bless you.

Sarah Dupuy, 2017

I was able to get so much help for my dog thanks to this clinic. I was able to get him heartworm testing, heartworm shot and flea meds. I was in between jobs and don't know what I would have done. So grateful.

Carolyn Thornhill, 2017

I've worked hard all my life, but now I'm on SS disability. I've always been able to take care of my babies until the last year and was at a loss as to how to keep them. It's not fair to keep them and not get them the care they need - that's such a depressing state to be it. A friend told me about the Inner Pup and I came to the heartworm clinic last month, and for the annual shots yesterday. The people are so wonderful and I have a place to take my babies when they need their shots. Thank you so much for being there!

Christin Hamilton, 2017

Thank y'all so much, y'all have helped my babies with love and great care. I appreciate all the help y'all give to the community and the time y'all take to help animals who are in need. Y'all are angels! The whole staff was so friendly and gentle, thanks again for everything!

Sarah Adams, 2017

"I am so impressed! I attended the low cost clinic today held at Whole Foods and was amazed at how organized it was. To top it off, everyone working the event was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient."

Heather, 2017

These people involved in this event by far are the most loving, helpful, and caring people I've encountered with and for my furbabies, I appreciate this service for my babies more than I can put in to words to be able to make sure my babies are healthy. Thank all of you so much!

Massey Liz Whodat, 2019

These days you guys help out so we can properly take care of our furbabies. Great people to deal with. Great sponsors. Don't know what I would do without you all. Being on fixed income is hard. Husband & I thank you all for everything.!!! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 !!!

Laura Williams Calcagno, 2019

Cookie loves going to her visit! She knows she will get a treat if she is a good girl! Plus she loves all the love ❤️ she gets from The Inner Pup!

Linda Nickerson, 2019

Such a fantastic thing you guys do. 

I love you all!

Linda Cochran, 2019

This is Clairice Rose, we come 3/4 times a year. Thank you for caring about our babies 💙

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Batou Chandler, 2017

I love Inner Pup! What a great charity with such a simple & needed mandate. It's the exact way to approach doing good works: focus on a single solvable issue, focus attention, money & clarity towards a simple straightforward solution.  Thank you for fighting the fight on behalf of all of us. There is no purer love than that of a dog. Anything we can do to further that cause would be an honor.​

Miss Mary Holsten, Success Prep Teacher 2019

Completing The Inner Pup program was one of my favorite experiences I've had while teaching. The educational activities were thoughtfully planned out and easy to execute. 

My students had immediate takeaways daily and felt confident mastering the objectives. The volunteers and dogs were incredible. Students bonded with the animals and felt extremely comfortable learning from the trainers. At first students were nervous to approach the dogs and were visibly uncomfortable, but within the first class students knew the steps to safely interact with them. 

By the end of the program, my students were excited to see the animals and were able to make connections between the animals and social interactions with humans. Many of the students said this was their favorite part of the year and would be a memory they had forever. 

Tom Delay, KIPP TFA Teacher 2019

WOW. I've taught a lot of units during my time as a teacher, but The Inner Pup's Humane Education Course was the time when I saw kids the most invested, engaged, and having the most fun at school. I am so grateful for the work you guys did on this curriculum, and a big thank you to all the dogs and handlers who came to visit us!

What was most impressive about the course was not the incredibly strong, student-friendly lessons and materials I was provided for these two weeks. Nor was it The Inner Pup team's flexibility and coaching on how to implement the lessons. What was most impressive was the way that their lessons incorporated character education into a course on caring for dogs. I saw so many light bulbs of understanding not just about dog training and care, but showing respect, empathy, and compassion for each other. The connections that were made during this course are things that we could see results of immediately, but I also know are going to have lasting, long-term effects on interpersonal relationships between my students.

On behalf of myself, the KCCA Class of 2025, and all the teachers & staff who came to visit our guests, THANK YOU! You brought new life and joy into an otherwise challenging time of year. Your course was exactly what our kids wanted and needed, and I am so grateful to The Inner Pup team for providing this amazing experience for all of us!

Miss Aryn, KCCA Teacher, 2016

When TIP first arrived, I was nervous as to how the students would react to the dogs being brought in (some of our students are nervous around large animals).  However, there was nothing to worry about as Lindsay and her crew spent numerous sessions preparing the students for the arrival of the pups.

  By the time the pups arrived, the students were excited and mini experts in how to treat these adorable creatures.  One by one, the students practiced going up to the pup, waiting for it to smell their hands and clothes, and only when the dog’s body language indicated that it felt comfortable, they would pet him/her.  

Lindsay and her crew also made this experience pertinent to the New Orleans community.  She brought in a New Orleans native who had some unfortunate experiences breeding pit bulls in the past.  He informed the students about this ongoing issue and helped them to become more socially conscious regarding animals.

Lastly, the students were able to visit the shelter to get a first-hand look at where the dogs were being housed.  They saw the extreme love, kindness, and care that the employees exhibit when working with the animals.


Developmentally, middle school/high school is a great time to expose students to the work force so that they can begin to explore their interests and strengths.  This was a huge benefit of this program. 

Lindsay and the Inner Pup helped broaden the students’ horizons.  As a teacher, you want your students to be exposed to as many possibilities for their future as possible.  In addition to helping them explore animal care as a possible career choice, the Inner Pup definitely helped inform our students about animal cruelty and ways in which they can prevent this from happening in the future.

Melissa Dillon Seal & Gumbo, Dog-Team Volunteer TIP, May 2019

 What an amazing day! I'm not sure there's anything better than bringing kids and dogs together, to enrich the lives of both humans and animals. Gumbo was an amazing ambassador and was patient, loving and extremely comfortable with the students. It was emotional hearing these kids stories, learning about their struggles and realizing what profound effects the presence of a dog can do for their souls. I learned approximately 80% of the children in this school are the victim of some sort of trauma (physical, emotional or sexual.) We witnessed kids with true fears of dogs, choosing to sit on the complete opposite side of the classroom than us, to relaxing and wanting to pet him. I saw a SpEd kid, with a para to help him get through class, relax and focus on the lesson they were being taught. A blind girl navigate to the front of the room, just so she could run her hands through his fur. We heard stories of hurt and heartache and those of a hopeful future for children who decided they wanted to be vets, vet techs and shelter workers. I can only imagine what incredible benefits therapy dogs would bring to our school systems, by having dogs on campuses. These kids connected. They were engaged and interested. You literally could watch anxiety, hyperactivity and sadness leave their precious faces, simply because of a dog. I couldnt be more proud of The Inner Pup and their Canine Compassion Education Program. I wish every school system was open to getting this curriculum into their classroom. Oh what a difference we could make.  

Miss Shelby Flowers, KCCA, May 2018

 I just wanted to take the time to thank you guys for the amazing work you all did at KCCA. The transformation I saw in the depth of their knowledge about dogs from start to finish was really fun to be a part of. 

It really amazes me that you all took the time out of your busy schedules to make this curriculum, and for that, I thank you.   

​"I have a student, he always choses where he is going to sit. He hasn't sat in an assigned seat all year. He wants to be left alone in the back of class and not be bothered. 

Truly, for the first time, in the entire year, I see this tiny student, whose under developed in more ways than one, whose excited to be in class. Raising his hand, wants to be involved, wants to do the activities, he was so eager!! Miss Keller told me that there are always those 1-2 students that come out of their shell with Canine Compassion's curriculum, but I would not have dreamed in a million years that this student was the one that got excited about this! 

And, really, I could say that about a lot of the students. You just saw the students become emotionally stable in class, back to their usual in their next class, but, in our 4 walls, when Canine Compassion curriculum was being taught, they were calm, engaged and happy. Calm Engaged and Happy, a teachers dream.

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Lindsay G., 2019

My mother, Gene Goldring and I launched, The Inner Pup in late 2014 in what we felt was an emergency response to the problems we saw in New Orleans animal welfare and in the community.

We wanted to see more education, more community outreach and engagement within the animal welfare world. 

It is rare that you know about the plight of animal welfare if you don't go INTO the shelter to adopt or work in rescue/advocacy. Without seeing the existing animal welfare systems, it's hard to understand how the community is responsible for overpopulation, abuse and neglect.

And, we know that prevention is the only way out of pet overpopulation. 

Educating and empowering the next generation of pet owners in high-surrender, at-risk neighborhoods, is crucial to lowering abuse, neglect, & death rates. With our Humane Education Course (where we have dogs in every class, education 2-3 weeks at a time, with a SEL aligned home-made curriculum, we teach the value and history of pets, needs and how to choose the right ones for your family, animal welfare 101, empathy, compassion, kindness, proper training an behavior. This upgrade changes attitudes, and can ultimately empower the next generation to change the fate of dogs. Oh, and our Dog Training Club launches in 2020!!

In New Orleans, with a whopping poverty rate of 39%, besides lack of resources or connections to them, many pet owners cannot afford important services, such as heartworm prevention. We host monthly pop-up heartworm clinics in target zipcodes where we offer low-cost monthly prevention, heartworm treatment, and more education. We pass out material on other resources in the city, so responsible pet ownership is more of an OPTION than ever. We have rotating (amazing!!) vet partners and the most brilliant volunteer clinic staff. I'm in awe. Many of them bike around NOLA with our flyers to hand out. Not to mention the fabulous people who have taken on the job to JUST canvas - this is crucial to reach everyone in our city! And, the more we reach, the more possibility for MORE canvassers and ambassadors, that already live in the neighborhoods who most benefit from our services and knowledge.

With sponsors, all kinds of supporters, a growing volunteer army, neighborhoods ambassadors, community networkers, leaders in our city, dog lovers, passionate enthusiasts, animal advocates and TIP's dedicated OCD and around-the-clock staff and board, The Inner Pup efficiently tackles the root of the problem.

I am so proud of all we've created in just 5 years.

Genie G., 2019

Let me count the reasons I love being part of The Inner Pup

A highlight is having the "little girl" I adore, as a boss. Lindsay Goldring amazes me every day with her love and compassion, her skills and her leadership. This apple has grown far from the tree, and it's pure pleasure to watch her thrive, and follow her passion for animals and education, and her sense of adventure. 

Our team of volunteers feels like family, and working together for purposes we all share and believe in, is deeply gratifying, satisfying in a way that is fun and rewarding. Our Team is always ready to help before we even "ask". We are aligned, in mission and purpose, and this is one of our crowning achievements, and proof we're on the right track. The clients we see enrich my life in new ways, bring me into intimate contact with their lives and the challenges they face. The courage and resilience of New Orleanians come into close focus, gives me broad respect for their goodness and who they are as individuals, family members, and members of our wonderful community. I want to share a personal insight because it's at the heart of my love for The Inner Pup. I grew up privileged, a loved daughter in an upper-middle-class family, my father a well respected New Orleans physician. Before I became involved in TIP, I knew little of the larger and true New Orleans, because I lived in a small circumference of the city, uptown, old Metairie, the lakefront. I never ventured into certain parts of the city, the parts that are now familiar and feel more like "home" than my own residential street. I've come to know and love the cultural heritage of our city, and the cultural diversity that makes New Orleans all it is. I've come to trust those I never before interacted with, and, because of TIP, I can't imagine life without the large network of connections that allows me to feel part of a community I feel privileged to know and love. 

I learn every day, about lives different from my own, people whose lives and experiences are different from my own. These new friends and contacts enlarge and enrich my life to an extent I never dreamed could happen. Of course, the dogs are all easy to love. All shapes and sizes, all breeds, all ages; serving the community of dog owners and their amazing dogs is an absolute joy. 

And the students we work with, the middle school students in at-risk schools, I could go on and on. They are the soul of our city, the future of New Orleans, We put our hopes and our trust in their education. I can't put into words the thrill of watching some students, at first disengaged, a few staring blankly out the window..... and then a spark goes off, that same student breaks into a smile, and a hand is raised with a question. The transformation, from bored and detached, to excited and participatory, makes you know you're on the right track. These kids learn to like themselves just as they are and to respect others, including the dogs we bring into the classroom, for being who they are. The students learn about compassion, and they develop it. They learn about relationships and they are empowered to create better ones. These are the home runs: this is TIP!

Mari Nerbovig, 2019

TIP is one of those rare animal welfare groups that actually tackles the ROOT of pet overpopulation: inaccessibility of vet care and lack of education. TIP is in the community, in schools, and occasionally traveling across the world, making a tremendous difference in just the first five years of its existence.

I love being able to be a part of an organization that is heartfelt and supportive and on the frontlines of the animal welfare crisis rather than in the aftermath, the shelters, where over 3,000 animals are euthanized each day in the US alone. It’s incredible to work with the children we teach, children whose lives are already fraught with challenges no child should face, who are mature enough to understand the reality of the animal overpopulation crisis, and who actually are willing to take the steps necessary to diminish this problem. It is equally as heartening to see the low income pet owners in NOLA who are willing to do anything to take care of their pets, including the homeless man who walked from Jackson Square to NOLA East (that’s FAR!) just to make sure his dog was safe from heartworms.

Even across the country, I’m still working with TIP, knowing that it’s our only way out of pet overpopulation.