Michelle A. Rivera

Animal Rights Advocate


A.A in Paralegal Studies, Palm Beach State College


  • Wrote six books about the human-dog connection
  • Founded and ran Animals 101, Inc. between 2001 and 2013
  • Served on the board of directors for the Association of Professional Humane Educators
  • Worked as an Animal Cruelty Humane Officer at the Safe Harbor Animal Rescue and as a Humane Education Director at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue


Michelle A. Rivera is an animal rights advocate and writer, specializing in animal well-being, animal cruelty, and the human-animal connection. She is a lifelong advocate and a Florida-certified animal cruelty officer. Michelle works with several shelters and animal welfare organizations, including the Safe Harbor Animal Rescue. 

Michelle is the founder of Animals 101, Inc., a business which she ran between 2001 and 2013. The company provided education at schools and other locations to encourage the humane treatment of animals. She has worked with schools throughout the South Florida area.


Michelle Rivers has an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from Palm Beach State College and is a state-certified cruelty officer.

Awards and Publications:

  • Hospice Hounds: Animals and Healing at the Borders of Death (Lantern Books, 2001)
  • Canines in the Classroom: Raising Humane Children Through Interactions With Animals (Lantern Books, 2004)
  • The Simple Little Vegan Dog Book (Book Pub. Co, 2009)
  • On Dogs and Dying: Inspirational Stories from Hospice Hounds (Purdue Univ. Press, 2010)
  • Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons? Answers to the 100 Most Commonly Asked Canine Questions (Adams Media, 2007)
  • Don't Give Up That Dog!: Dealing With Dog Allergies (Amazon Digital, 2017)

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