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"Prevent A Problem"

"My Vision is to replace a Rescue Culture with a Prevention Culture."
-Bob Ferber

The focus of our blog will be how to prevent problems, for animals and people. The "Prevent A Problem" concept has its roots in Bob's work as a Los Angeles prosecutor where he started many innovative programs while working as a city lawyer. The series will focus on how we can prevent a rescue, an arrest, discrimination...If you wish to collaborate with us or host a seminar, please go to our Contact Us page. See below for some featured blogs and for more information about Solution-Based Rescue including those who have contributed to the vision of a Prevention Culture.


Solution-Based Rescue is a comprehensive approach to animal welfare problems that emphasizes prevention. To learn more, please see our Solution-Based Rescue Handbook and check out our "Prevent A Problem" blog above. 

Sheryl Fulop, DVM/Ken Lian, DVM - BioQuote,
"Architects" of Solution-Based Rescue

Bob Ferber, Esq - BioQuote,
 "Father" of Solution-Based Rescue


We would like to thank a great group of volunteers and collaboration partners for their help in developing the concepts and details of Solution-Based Rescue. Without their help, this project would not have possible (names are listed in alphabetical order). Links are to content and ideas the individuals helped in creating.

"By combining our visions for the future of
animal  welfare, imagine the possibilities."

Teri Coombs - Article
Michael Teitelbaum - Quote
Paula Deming
Robin Gilliam, MS - 
Theresa Black - Article
Tracy Wachbrit - Article
Will Friday

Amanda & Jake Dicker - Video
Chanera Peck: Quote, Testimonial
Chelsea Fields - Books
Dakota Cooley - Quote
Dani Zaffina - Quote
Fabienne Chanovel
Kekauilani Zukeran-Kerr -
Marie-Victorine McKeown


Featured pictures include Bob in a classroom, at the office, and all of his friends.

The slide show below has some of Bob's favorite pictures with comments


“My Vision is to replace a
Rescue Culture with a Prevention Culture."
-Bob Ferber, Board Member, Father of Solution-Based Rescue

“The greatness of humanity is not in
being human, but in being humane.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatest humane act is prevention
for it avoids the suffering a rescue had to endure.”
-Ken Lian, DVM, Co-founder

"Wouldn’t you like to stop the suffering of a rescue, 
prevent the need to rescue, and save lives?”
-Solution-Based Rescue

“Wouldn't every rescue organization
want to be put out of business?"
-Solution-Based Rescue

“The greatness of a nation can be judged
by the way its animals are treated.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

"By combining our visions for the future of animal welfare, imagine the possibilities."
-Solution-Based Rescue

❝Language is the road map of a culture.
It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.
-Rita Mae Brown

“The blue print to creating a new culture
includes a vocabulary that reflects its philosophy.”
-Solution-Based Rescue

“The window to understanding a
cultures purpose is through its vocabulary.”
-Solution-Based Rescue

"The road map to effective solutions requires collaboration."
-Solution-Based Rescue

“The best place to find a helping hand
is at the end of your own arm.”
-Swedish Proverb

“At the point that you realize you have to save them, its already too late. 
In order to understand the problem, you must examine its evolution."
-Robin Gilliam, MS, Volunteer

“The goal of solution-based organizations is to
'Prevent Sad Eyes' of animals and humans." 
-Solution-Based Rescue

“With Solution-Based Rescue, there is
so much to learn and even more to consider.”
-Chanera Peck, Volunteer Director
The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class 2021

"Creating a new culture is an architectural undertaking that
requires a new foundation and a creative and inspiring design."
-Solution-Based Rescue

“Language is the road map of a culture.
It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”
-Rita Mae Brown

“Teaching compassion to children paves the way
for developing successful life skills."
Dani Zaffina, Volunteer


The window to understanding a culture's purpose is through its vocabulary. From this window, we recognize that the vocabulary is the blueprint from which the culture’s purpose is derived. In  Symptom-Based Rescue, the “passion and emotion” vocabulary focuses the purpose of the culture on saving animals. In Solution-Based Rescue, the “passion and logic” vocabulary focuses the purpose of the culture on creating solutions.

The following glossary contains the vocabulary of both symptom-based and solution-based languages along with terms associated with Thoroughbreds. Readers have stated the glossary has been helpful to understanding the concepts contained within this handbook. By recognizing that a glossary helps to provide clarity of purpose, the importance of this document for advancing the cause of an organization cannot be overstated.  For more details, see our Solution-Based Rescue Handbook.

The window to understanding a
cultures purpose is through its vocabulary.”

-Solution-Based Rescue

Advocacy Skills - These skills can be broken into three categories: problem solving, communication and leadership. Problem solving skills include identifying a problem, developing realistic solutions, and creating engagement data and analysis. Communication skills includes verbal, written, and videos/pictures. Leadership skills include a call to action, empowering others, and collaberation.

"At-Risk" - For the purposes of this document, this term is applied to children, young adults, and Thoroughbreds for whom absence of life/foundation skills places them at a high risk for greatly underachieving or failing in our society.

Guiding Principles – These principles include the vision, mission, objective, and goals of an organization. The vision is the utopian outcome, the mission is the purpose/desired outcome and strategy to attain this purpose/desired outcome, the objectives are short term outcomes created by the mission, and the goals are the long-term outcomes created by the mission.

Humane Education - This term is generally defined as the use of education to nurture compassion and respect for people and animals. Humane Education also draws on our innate sense of humanity to address problems of animal human and welfare.

Humanity -The quality or state of being kind to other people or to animals.

Life/Foundation Skills - Those core or essential life skills horses and humans need to engage successfully in work and life. For humans, these skills include self-awareness, respect for self and others, communication, self-restraint, empathy, and the ability to reason. For horses, these skills include understanding boundaries and the ability to calmly process and adapt to a variety of situations and environments.

Prevention Culture – The product of solution based thinking and action which emphasizes addressing the root cause of welfare problems instead of individual symptoms.

Self-Empowerment – Taking control of our own life, setting goals, and making positive choices. Self-Empowerment is a key concept of Humane Education because when one truly knows how to help themselves, then they are in the best position to provide compassion and help to others, animals or humans.

Solution-Based Rescue - A comprehensive approach to animal welfare problems that emphasizes prevention. This method utilizes a “passion and logic” approach to animal welfare issues and focuses on resolving the cause of the welfare problem. Rescuing is integrated into this approach as an important safety net for the individual animal, not as a solution. Rescue animals and their journeys provide an emotional basis for the Humane Education programs of a solution-based organization.

Symptom-Based Rescue – A traditional type of rescue entity characterized by a “passion and emotion” approach to animal welfare. This method helps the individual animal but does not resolve the problem that created the rescue. This approach is analogous to treating a symptom of a disease without addressing the root cause.

Welfare - The health, happiness, and fortunes of a person, group or animal.

Thoroughbred Thoroughbreds are considered "hot-blooded" horses that are known for their agility, speed, and spirit. Predominately associated with racing in today’s society, the breed was used widely as ranch and show horses in the past due to their athletic ability, endurance, and versatility. The passionate and kind nature of the breed, combined with their strong spirit, makes the Thoroughbred ideal for Humane Education programs.

Thoroughbred Ambassadors - Thoroughbred horses who embody key characteristics of the breed. They serve to revive the relatability and relevancy of Thoroughbreds and the sports they represent.

Unwanted Thoroughbred – An animal welfare issue that is analogous to the problem of overpopulation among cats and dogs.


Solution-Based Rescue is a collaborative project with Bob Ferber.
As an organization focused on making a difference for the benefit of the breed,
ThoroughbredEd also seeks to promote the welfare of all animals. By combining
our visions for the future of animal welfare, imagine the possibilities.

Copyright 2017 Thoroughbred Education Foundation