Sophia Silverman has been working with, rescuing, and training dogs since 2004.  Through her work in dog rescue, she has fostered over 500 dogs in her home, working with them on everything from basic commands to rehabilitating semi-feral dogs.  She is adept at caring for dogs, especially those with anxiety or medical issues.  Her passion is watching the transformation in rescue dogs from a life of sadness to one of joy.  She loves building the relationship between people and their dogs through the use of positive reinforcement training and through proper care, stimulation, and guidance.  She has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of families to help them acclimate to and care for their new furry family member(s).

Sophia has been featured as a Hometown Hero in Bedford Magazine and honored as one of The Bedford 25, the most dedicated, creative and influential people in Bedford.   She was also a winner of the Westchester Business Journal’s Women Making an Impact Award.  She has been covered in The Record Review, The Bedford Daily Voice, and The Bedford Patch.

Sophia is a member of the APDT and the Co-Founder and President of A New Chance Animal Rescue, a 501c3 dog rescue based in Bedford Hills, NY.   She has worked at both animal hospitals and multiple low-cost clinics and is currently completing a documentary on high-kill animal shelters in the U.S.  Sophia lives in Northern Westchester with her five amazing dogs and a myriad of foster dogs.  When she is not working with dogs, she is also a fitness instructor and teaches a variety of fitness modalities to clients in Northern Westchester.

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