Saturday, August 12, 2017
As a freelance animal trainer and consultant, Josh Ruffell works with leading animal training companies in the Los Angeles area, providing training and consultation on multiple movies and television shows. As an avid animal lover, Josh Ruffell grew up volunteering his free time at animal facilities.
Animal shelters are always in need of volunteers, as these facilities typically house unwanted or abandoned animals and actively work towards their future adoption into a loving home. If you are considering volunteering at your local animal shelter, the following benefits will help illuminate why it can be a rewarding experience:
1. Training: Many shelters offer in-depth training to help you better understand how to handle and care for the animals with whom you will be working. This training will improve interaction with animals that have experienced abandonment and even abuse. During your training, you might learn things like how your body language is interpreted by the animals as well as how to properly socialize the animals.
2. Socializing: While you are there to work, spending so much time with like-minded individuals who are also passionate about animals can be an easy way to make new friends. Unlike meeting people at random out in the world, these are people you know you will see regularly, and people you know share at least one of your interests, animal welfare.
3. Career Opportunities: Many employers and schools favor applicants with volunteer experience. Beyond that, the specific training you will gain and the skills you will acquire can help you land a job in multiple areas of the animal industry.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Josh Ruffell has served as a wildlife consultant and animal trainer on a vast number of Hollywood film and television productions. Particularly expert with reptiles, Josh Ruffell is currently a freelance animal trainer who often works with Jules Sylvester’s Reptile Rentals, Inc.
Jules Sylvester’s Reptile Rentals stands out as the foremost provider of reptiles to the film and television industry. The company is led by Jules Sylvester, a wildlife expert who has caught and handled more than 10,000 snakes. Established in 1980, the company has been credited on numerous productions, including Snakes on a Plane, Jurassic Park, Arachnophobia, The X-Files, and Desperate Housewives. Since inception, Reptile Rentals has had an unparalleled safety record, without incident for more than 30 years.
Apart from reptiles, Jules Sylvester and company supply several other classes of animals, including amphibians and arthropods. In addition, for out-of-town shoots, it offers snake-catching services (carefully relocating all snakes after the shoot), designed to ensure the safety of cast and crew while on location.
Located less than an hour from Hollywood in Thousand Oaks, California, Reptile Rentals has earned high marks from the American Humane Association. It also holds up-to-date permits with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other government agencies.