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A New Home for the Center for Shelter Dogs The Center for Shelter Dogs (CSD) has a new home at the Shelter Medicine Program and Center for Animals and Public Policy at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. CSD began at the ARL 6 years ago with a simple mission: to improve the welfare and successful placement of homeless dogs. By providing resources, training, and scientifically-validated behavior assessment and modification tools, CSD worked to ensure adoptable dogs found homes that matched the personalities and needs of both dog and owner. Thanks to generous funding from the Stanton Foundation, CSD built an impressive body of work, including ground-breaking research on problem behavior, stress and enrichment, and canine personality. From simple treat buckets hanging outside a dog’s kennel to comprehensive behavior evaluation, enrichment, and training — and everything in between — CSD designed programs to help shelters and rescue groups of all sizes, resources,

and expertise, making them accessible to a wide-range of organizations across the country. After this period of remarkable achievement, the ARL recognized that growing and sustaining CSD over the long term would require greater organizational capacity and reach. After a selective search, the Cummings School presented the strongest case to strengthen CSD’s national reputation as an evidencebased resource and in October the ARL transferred the program. “We truly believe this move will enrich both CSD and Cummings School programs, build on past research collaborations, and provide new educational platforms for addressing the welfare and adoptability of shelter dogs,” explained Seana Dowling, executive director of CSD. “We’re particularly excited that the Cummings School’s standing and reach as a leading veterinary academic institution will fuel the national expansion and influence of our research and applied programs.”

The ARL has felt truly

Highlights of CSD Achievements

honored to serve as the incubating organization

An information-rich website viewed by over 45,000 visitors.

for such a tremendous

Educational seminars and institutes reaching more than 3,500 animal welfare practitioners.

animal welfare.

Behavioral assessments of over 15,000 dogs.

Thank You

to the Frank Stanton Foundation for the generous support of the Center for Shelter Dogs. 6 Our Four-Footed Friends | Fall/Winter 2014

asset to the field of CSD’s work has helped more shelter dogs get a chance at a better life. That this work will not only continue, but will also have an even greater impact on the well-being of dogs in the future is exciting and momentous.

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ARL Our Four-Footed Friends Fall/Winter 2014  

The Animal Rescue League publishes our magazine, “Our Four-Footed Friends,” to showcase the impact donors, volunteers and others make on the...

ARL Our Four-Footed Friends Fall/Winter 2014  

The Animal Rescue League publishes our magazine, “Our Four-Footed Friends,” to showcase the impact donors, volunteers and others make on the...

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