The Center for Canine Welfare has released a new, voluntary certification program designed to help breeders improve the quality of life for dogs in their care. The program, known as Canine Care Certified, was developed over three years in a collaboration with researchers at Purdue University’s Center for Animal Welfare Science. The Canine Care Certified program is built around five “pillars” of care, including physical health, behavioral health, environment, breeding life and retirement, and caretaker expectations. Breeders wishing to become certified under this program must be in compliance with these five pillars to receive certification.
We at the Pet Leadership Council support Canine Care Certified and its rigorous, science-based standards for professional breeders.
“Dog breeding operations have to be accountable for the physical and mental needs of the dogs and ensure that they receive appropriate housing, shelter, staffing, nutrition, socialization, sanitation, exercise, and veterinary care.”
— Bob Vetere, Chairman, the Pet Leadership Council
The Pet Leadership Council encourages the entire industry to support the high standards of animal care and welfare developed at Purdue University, which were incorporated into the Canine Care Certified program since they promote transparent and responsible breeding practices.
For more information on the program or to get certified, visit the website.