The Canine Care Certified program is administered by the Center for Canine Welfare, a national non-profit organization.
The work of the organization is advised by Dr. Candace Croney, Ph.D., from the Center for Animal Welfare Science at Purdue University, who 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 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. Visit the Candace Croney Research Group page on the Welfare of Breeding Dogs in Commercial Kennels for more.
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.