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The Canine Care Certified program is administered by the Center for Canine Welfare, a national non-profit organization.

The work of the Center is advised by the Center for Animal Welfare Science at Purdue University, which spent three years developing and piloting the certification program’s science-based standards. The standards were evaluated and enhanced by a large advisory committee of independent animal science and veterinary experts. Read more about Purdue’s research on canine welfare in the following white papers – Public Perceptions of Dog Acquisition: Sources, Rationales and Expenditures – June 2016; Public Perceptions of Dog Welfare, Sourcing and Breeding Regulation – June 2016; and U.S. Residents’ Perceptions of Dogs, Their Welfare and Related Information Sources – June 2016.

The certification program is supported by major pet and breeder organizations as well as nationally recognized animal welfare experts and academic leaders in animal science.

Candace Croney, director of Purdue University’s Center for Animal Welfare Science, explains the need for new, rigorous standards for dog breeders.

Dr. Bret Marsh, Indiana State Veterinarian, explains why he supports the newly-launched Canine Care Certified program.