Awesome Animal Solutions was founded by Cassie to offer the most positive, least intrusive effective solutions to anyone looking to help their animals reach their fullest potential. All animals are unique and awesome creatures, with inspiring behaviors and adaptations. Whether looking for guidance with a companion animal or training animals or staff for educational programs, AAS can meet your needs.
Cassie Malina has been training people and animals professionally worldwide for over 20 years.
After graduating with High Distinction from the Pennsylvania State University, Cassie joined the animal training team at Natural Encounters, Inc. During her 22 years with NEI, she produced and performed in free flight bird shows across the country. She performed in free flight bird shows at Disney's Animal Kingdom since the park's inception through April 2020. As the Director of Staff Development, Cassie grew a community of animal trainers and caregivers. She also instructed on the art and science of animal training at numerous workshops, seminars, lectures, webinars and presentations across the country. Cassie has consulted on animal programs across the US and abroad. She has been coaching pet animal caregivers independently since 2000 and has been Parrot Kindergarten’s School Counselor since the school opened its virtual doors in April 2021.
Cassie maintains her CPBC certification from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) since 2015 and her CPBT-KA certification from the International Avian Trainers Certification Board (IATCB) since 2013, and she completed Dr. Susan Friedman, Ph.D.'s Living and Learning Course. Cassie has been an active member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) since 1998 and has been an Executive Board Member since 2004. In 2020, the IAATE presented Cassie with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cassie grew up in the Hudson River Valley in New York. She was an only child, her best friends being two Afghan Hounds she grew up with as well as the cats in the neighborhood. Her most cherished memories always involved animals and animal behavior.