The Center for Shelter Dogs, a program of the Animal Rescue League of Boston,
is dedicated to improving the welfare of homeless dogs cared for by humane organizations, animal control facilities, and rescue groups throughout the nation. Rigorous science-based research and outcome assessment is the cornerstone of all efforts by the Center. Drawing on the expertise of its staff, the Center is able to incorporate clinical medicine and epidemiology into its strategies, establishing a world-class program on behalf of shelter dogs.
The Center for Shelter Dogs was established in 2008 through a generous grant from the Frank Stanton Foundation. The gift was made possible because of the generosity of the late Dr. Frank Stanton, who served as president of CBS from 1946 to 1973. Besides being a pioneer in television and one of the most highly respected individuals in the broadcasting industry, Dr. Stanton believed in and appreciated the power and beauty of the animal human bond. He had a particular love for dogs, and through the establishment the Frank Stanton Foundation, his legacy will advance the well being of dogs throughout the nation.
The program continues to be a wonderful opportunity for the Animal Rescue League of Boston; one which would please Anna Harris Smith, founder of the Animal Rescue League of Boston in 1899, whose philosophy was “Kindness Uplifts the World.”
The mission of the Center for Shelter Dogs is to improve the welfare and successful placement of homeless dogs by providing resources, training, and scientifically validated behavior assessment and modification tools. Our goal is to ensure that all adoptable dogs are placed into homes that are suitable for both the dog and the owner. In order to do this, we are dedicated to:
- Treating each dog as an individual with a unique personality and behavioral needs
- Developing valid methods to evaluate dog behavior
- Discovering ways to measure and reduce stress affecting shelter dogs
- Developing improved strategies for matching dogs with prospective adopters
- Serving as a resource for other shelters, organizations, and individuals by providing research-based information, tools consultations, and outreach opportunities