The credibility of the Canine Care Certified program rests in the actionable work of our auditing partner. The Center for Canine Welfare ensures that the certification program complies with the standards as developed by researchers at Purdue University, but does not conduct audits. Rather, audits must be completed by our designated, independent third-party in order to obtain certification.
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 developed at Purdue University 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.