Services & Specialties

Charles Henderson Animal Rescue was established to serve the helpless and homeless dog and cat population in New York City.  Scientific research is now quantifying and qualifying the many positive benefits that our furry friends provide us.  


Companion animals provide us with many benefits, some measurable and others immeasurable.  



The U.D.T. Adoption Center

The Unwanted, Discarded & Thrownaway Adoption Center is named of out respect, The UDT Adoption Center, in honor and memory of all the NCDUs, Frogmen, UDTs and SEAL Team gentlemen who have served and sacrificed for our country. 

The UDT Adoption Center is a NO KILL shelter that houses dogs, cats, puppies and kittens until the animal is adopted out to their new, permanent, forever home.

Charles Henderson Animal Rescue is proud to announce the grand opening of The UDT Adoption Center, a 5000-square-foot, state-of-the-art adoption center that hopefully will be open by the end of 2012. It will be capable of housing cats and dogs each in healthy and comfortable accommodations designed for their mental, emotional and physical well being. Through  The UDT Adoption Center, Charles Henderson Animal Rescue hopes to save and rehome between 360-720 dogs and cats in 2012 and double that number or around 1440 animals by December 2013.

Community Connection

Community Connection focuses on:

1. Providing humane education to school children.

2.  Visiting specific groups of people with rescued shelter dogs that have been rescued, adopted, retrained and certified by DELTA Society as therapy dogs. 

3.  Telephone guidance, assistance and support with animals in distress. 

P3: ThePetPartnersProject

S.E.R.V.I.C.E. Team Member  

Socialization Enrichment Rehabilitation Volunteer  Integrating Compassion & Empathy Team Member

Requirements to be considered for:

P3: ThePetPartnersProject as a S.E.R.V.I.C.E. Team member.

1.  A short interview & discussion about the benefits of quality enrichment for rescued shelter animals. 

2.  There are different levels of SERVICE Team Members.

3.  Taking care of animals is like working on a farm.  Volunteering to take care of animals at an animal rescue shelter is like working on a farm. It's hard and dirty work to work on a farm or a ranch.  Again, volunteering at an animal rescue can be physically and emotionally challenging but you are doing God's work helping abused, unwanted and neglected animals. 

SERVICE Team Members with a negative attitude, careless work ethic, inability to follow instructions, problematic or unreliability will be terminated from the program.   

GREEN SERVICE Team Members begin by walking dogs,socialize cats and clean up after them.  All other levels of SERVICE volunteers require cleaning.  Part of taking care of animals is cleaning them and their environments so be prepared to clean.   


Socialization Enrichment Rehabilitation Volunteer Integrating Compassion & Empathy 

Team Member Levels

1.       Adoption Counselor S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member

2.      Admin Yeomen S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member

3.       Cat Caregiver S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member

4.        Dog Caregiver S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member

5.        Foster Caregiver S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member

6.         Kennel Hygienist S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member

7.         Green Walkadog S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member Only

8.          Green Socicat S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member Only

 What is a S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member: 

Adoption Counselor

There's only one thing better than seeing pets leave the shelter with their new families—helping to make it happen! If you enjoy working with people and would like to help secure loving homes for The UDT Adoption Center shelter dogs and cats, consider becoming a Adoption Counselor S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member! Please note that a large portion of this position requires direct contact with cats.

As an Adoption Counselor S.E.R.V.I.C.E Team Member, you'll get to: Meet and greet potential adopters when they arrive at The UDT Adoption Center Answer questions and assist potential adopters in selecting a pet who fits into their lifestyle Interact with people and animals Oversee "meets" between adopters and available animals.

Age Requirement: 21 or older
Class Requirement: Cat Volunteer requirements, Dog Volunteer requirements, Adoptions Counselor class, training and approval by the Team Leader.

Admin Yeomen

Provide Yeoman support to The UDT Adoption Center administrative programs. Major Responsibilities: Data entry; packet assembly; mailings; filing; required to use Microsoft Outlook or Excel, Google & Facebook.  Linkedin, YouTube, Twitter and Bing be great too! (no experience necessary)

Age Requirement: 16 or older
Class Requirement: None. Can begin immediately after the New Volunteer Orientation class.


Cat Caregiver

Provide socialization for the shelter cats. Major Responsibilities: Moving cats in and out of their cages; interacting with the cats in the spaces designated for socialization; assist The UDT Adoption Center and SERVICE teammates working with potential adopters

Age Requirement: 16 or older
Class Requirement: Level 1 Cat class, training and approval by a Cat Captain


Dog Caregiver 

Provide exercise, socialization, and basic training for the shelter dogs. Major Responsibilities: Moving dogs in and out of their cages; walking a dog outdoors for exercise using appropriate equipment; teaching basic obedience; cleaning up after the dogs while outside of their cages, attending supervised behavior modification classes.

Age Requirement: 18 or older

Class Requirement: Level 1 Dog class, training and approval by a Dog Captain


Foster Caregiver

Provide temporary housing and care for shelter animals that are sick, injured or juvenile.

Major Responsibilities: Provide a safe and clean environment for the foster animals; provide food, water, exercise, and proper socialization for the foster animals; dispense medication as necessary; follow all instructions given by The UDT Adoption Center ; foster the animal(s) until they are ready for adoption; return the animal to The UDT Adoption Center  for adoption

Age Requirement: 21 or older
Class Requirement: Foster Care class (for both cat and dog foster caretakers) and Dog Foster Class (additional class for dog foster caretakers only), training and approval by the Team Leader.
If you are interested in being a Foster Caretaker but don't want to become a volunteer, you can find more information about fostering by calling the rescue.


Kennel Hygienist

Provide a safe and clean environment for the shelter animals; provide food, water, exercise, and proper socialization for the shelter animals; dispense medication as necessary; follow all instructions given by The UDT Adoption Center.


Green Walkadog

Provide exercise, socialization for the shelter dogs.

Age Requirement: 16 or older
Class Requirement: Level 1 beginner


Green Socicat 

Provide exercise, socialization for the shelter cats.

Age Requirement: 16 or older
Class Requirement: Level 1 beginner





The B.E.S.T. K9 Team  



  Behavior Enrichment Socialization Training

(B.E.S.T.) K9 Team 

is a special unit of The UDT Adoption Center.. 


The B.E.S.T. K9 Team offers a variety of services.

Mission Strategy
The Behavior Enrichment Socialization Training(B.E.S.T.)K9 Team is dedicated to promoting balanced, respectful and enriched relations between people and pets through education and the provision of practical, humane advice on pet behavior for owners.

Educational Tactics

Charles Henderson, Certified Professional Dog Trainer(CPDT-KA) and soon to be a Certified Behaviorial Consultant Canine(CBCC-KA) & shares and educates the public using scientifically quantified  data and current research studies on companion animal behavior through continuing education, seminars, speaking engagements, and publications.


Clinical Tactics
The Behavior Enrichment Socialization Training(B.E.S.T.)K9 Team currently offers private house call consultations on pet behavior problems in the 5 boroughs of New York City. The Behavior Enrichment Socialization Training(B.E.S.T.)K9 Team sees a full range of behavior problems in pets, from biting dogs to cats soiling outside the litter box. The K9 Behavior Enrichment Socialization Training(B.E.S.T.)Team use effective and humane methods to manage and change behavior and The Behavior Enrichment Socialization Training(B.E.S.T.) K9 Team adheres to the Animal Behavior Society’s Code of Ethics. The Behavior Enrichment Socialization Training(B.E.S.T.) K9 Team has a telephone support service for adopters and owners of pets with behavior problems during operational hours when trainers or behaviorisrs are available.  You can email a question or concern and put in the subect line: 

Ask the Behaviorist:  The Behavior Enrichment Socialization Training(B.E.S.T.)K9 Team

Animal Assisted Therapy Classes

Pet Partners® Therapy Animal Program

Pet Partners' Therapy Animal Program trains volunteers and screens volunteers and their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities.

The program was established in 1990 to ensure that "both ends of the leash," people as well as animals, were well-prepared to participate in animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy programs. Pet Partners' Therapy Animal Program is the only national registry that requires volunteer training and screening of animal-handler teams.

Pet Partners' national network links volunteers with facilities in their own communities that request visiting pets and helps volunteer teams contact facilities to begin visits in new locations.



Benefits of becoming a registered Therapy Animal Team

·  Pet Partners membership and Interactions magazine, which includes a section for therapy animal teams.
·  $2 million primary liability insurance when volunteering. Click 
HERE for more information.
·  Identification badge for handler and collar tag for animal.
·  Referral to facilities searching for therapy animal teams.
·  Exclusive offers on
Pet Partners accessories.
Opportunity to network with other therapy animal teams.
·  Access to licensed Evaluators and Instructors as local resources.
·  Support from the Pet Partners office.
·  You will also have the satisfaction of helping people in need in your own community!

Looking To Get Involved In Animal-Assisted Therapy?

Since 2000, the ASPCA has been the East Coast Affiliate of Pet Partners (formerly known as Delta Society), a national organization that aims to improve human health through the assistance of therapy animals. Within the NYC area, the ASPCA helps to carry out Pet Partners's mission by providing a full-service program to the public in which individuals can register their dogs and cats as therapy animals who visit hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms, libraries and other facilities.

Once registered with Pet Partners, the ASPCA's Pet Partner teams are assisted with placement in facilities throughout New York City based on where they live, their interests, and the appropriate environment for both handler and animal. The ASPCA also provides supervision for teams who are just beginning to get their "paws wet" and would like assistance during their first visits. A member of the animal-assisted therapy program or an experienced volunteer will continue to accompany new teams on visits until they have comfortably settled in.

In addition to enriching lives and improving human health, the animal-assisted therapy program at the ASPCA brings about greater community acceptance of dogs. Canines are seen as taking part in the healing processes of human beings in a variety of different situations, and facilities such as oncology units in hospitals and women's shelters, which would never have allowed dogs to enter before, are now admitting them in to serve humans in need of assistance.

How do I become a registered Pet Partners team through the ASPCA?

n       Check that your animal meets the current behavior and health requirements issued by Pet Partners. An overview of the requirements can be found at the bottom of this page, or by visiting:

n       Contact the ASPCA’s AAT department to request a pre-class questionnaire.

n       Submit the pre-class questionnaire and a staff member will contact you to discuss the results. If you are an appropriate match, you will be offered the option to enroll in either a class or seminar.

n       Sign up for and complete a Pet Partners team evaluation.

n       Submit the completed registration packet (including veterinary forms, evaluation results and registration fees) to Pet Partners by mail. Photos for ID badges must be emailed to Pet Partners at the same time.

n       Receive your completed welcome packet and ID badge from Pet Partners.

n       Apply to volunteer with a Pet Partners registered facility.

n       Complete the volunteer registration and training requirements through the individual facility.

n       Volunteer according to the facility’s schedule.

n       Re-evaluate and re-register with Pet Partners every two (2) years.

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