Hello, my name is Peter Freeman but when I’m at work most people call me “the animal guy.” That’s because my job involves getting animals out of harm’s way.

For more than 30 years, I’ve been rescuing and handling animals in Canada’s largest city. Along the way, I’ve had my share of scrapes and bruises but thankfully nothing more. Every work day is unpredictable and can involve dangerous situations.

I know the challenges facing people in this field can feel overwhelming at times, so that’s why I’ve set up this blog to offer a place where animal care handlers can discuss their experiences and share tips. By having the right knowledge and equipment, front line workers will feel more confident and capable.

Having the right tools to do the job can make all the difference. I established my own company, Freeman By Design, to provide professionals in animal rescue and handling with reliable and humane products. These tools aim to help reduce stress for both humans and animals. My first hand knowledge in the field helped me to create products that are in use worldwide – from zoos and wildlife centres to local animal shelters.

Among the topics I will cover in this blog are common situations faced by animal handlers and how to deal with them. Whether it’s a cat trapped between two buildings or a raccoon dangling on a highway railing, there are proven methods and products to help bring about a peaceful resolution.

Along with sharing my knowledge and experience, I plan to ask other professionals doing similar work to share their insights and tips as well. I hope you’ll join me in this exploration of best practices that help encourage people and animals to live in harmony.