About HUMANE HEARTS
Humane Hearts, LLC helps to address the needs of a challenging world for animals and people alike. With Humane Education and animal welfare at its core, and the hope and promise of a better tomorrow for all, Humane Hearts guides people of all ages through exercises and lessons to educate and empower them to care for animals and themselves, and seek out compassionate and ethical choices in their day-to-day lives.
Launched in 2020 by lifelong animal advocate and Humane Educator Marla Andrews, Humane Hearts pursues its mission through four main focus areas: Pet Loss Grief Support, Compassion Fatigue, Humane Education, and Life Coaching. More information is available on the programs offered in each of these areas throughout this website. Programs are available to individuals, groups, and organizations virtually (everywhere) and in-person (throughout New England), with ample flexibility to design a program suited to individual needs. Humane Hearts is based in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Marla Andrews holds an M.Ed. in Humane Education and Animal Welfare from Lesley University with coursework from the Institute for Humane Education (Surry, Maine) and the University of Edinburgh, and a B.S. in Biology from Northeastern University. She is also trained as a Certified Pet-Loss Grief Support Specialist (American Institute of Health Care Professionals) and Pet Chaplain. With literally a lifetime of work in animal welfare, Marla brings her own vast and personal experiences working in veterinary hospitals, animal rescues and shelters, aquariums, academic research, farm sanctuaries, and animal advocacy groups. Most prominently, she spent over 17 years helping the MSPCA build their Humane Education Programs, for which she and her beloved rescue pit bull and Education Dog, Comet, received the 2009 MSPCA Animal Hero of the Year Award, alongside two other MSPCA Education Dogs and their people.
Marla has a most compassionate heart, coupled with a strong connection to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, and an innate love for animals of all kinds. With a passion for helping others who share her love of animals, she brings a deep empathy and notable sense of humor that often helps to lighten and brighten the seriousness of the issues at hand.