The Wellington-Based Human-Animal Alliance Awards $10,000 Grant To Pawsitive Beginnings

Pawsitive Beginnings’ CEO Nicole Navarro with Human-Animal Alliance founder and Wellington resident Jackie Ducci.

Wellington-based nonprofit the Human-Animal Alliance has granted Pawsitive Beginnings $10,000 to fund construction of the organization’s new Human-Animal Alliance Healing Den in Key Largo. The space is scheduled to be completed this summer at the fox sanctuary.

“We’re so appreciative of the help and support from the Human-Animal Alliance,” Pawsitive Beginnings CEO Nicole Navarro said. “The purpose of the Human-Animal Alliance Healing Den is to allow therapists and counselors a unique space to hold off-site private sessions with their clients within our fox sanctuary.”

Construction is set to begin on this dedicated space to offer animal-assisted therapy involving foxes saved from the fur trade to at-risk youth and adults who are in various stages of their healing journey.

“Our animal-assisted therapy program was born out of the idea that sharing stories of survival — from the fox’s perspective — has the power to help heal those who may be struggling with trauma, PTSD or circumstances beyond one’s control, that have placed them in emotional imbalance,” Navarro said. “Each and every one of our foxes has a story to tell, and when we share those stories, they have the power to heal and inspire hope.”

The Human-Animal Alliance directly supports programs that share a belief in the power and value of human-animal connection.

“Pawsitive Beginnings provides a truly unique healing opportunity to people through its remarkable foxes, and we are honored to play a role in advancing the program even further,” said Jackie Ducci, who founded the Human-Animal Alliance two years ago in Wellington.

Ducci personally covers the organization’s overhead costs to ensure that every dollar donated goes directly to the charitable projects it selects for grants.

“We meticulously research and carefully select the very best programs nationwide to receive our support. Pawsitive Beginnings’ innovative work reflects our deep-rooted belief that the magic of human-animal connection is real,” Ducci said. “Everyone deserves the opportunity to feel and know its life-changing benefits.”

Since its inception in 2022, The Human-Animal Alliance has distributed 11 grants to similar projects focusing on the power and value of human-animal connection. Funds are raised through exclusive events and private donations. For more information, visit or call (561) 485-0445.