The Center for Canine Welfare ensures that the certification program complies with the Standards of Care as developed by Dr. Candace Croney, Ph.D. at the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science but does not conduct audits. Rather, audits must be completed by our designated independent third-party in order to obtain certification.
The credibility of the Canine Care Certified program relies on third party audits. For this reason, we have selected a highly reputable independent certification company with a long history of, and expertise in, animal welfare and on-premises auditing to partner with us. Our auditing partner, Validus, is nationally recognized and is an independent certification company using proprietary assessments and audits based on the Standards of Care that are the basis of our certification program. Because they are independent from the registration process, auditors cannot be directly contacted; they are only deployed by the Center for Canine Welfare.