Recently, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) opened its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center (BRC) in Weaverville, North Carolina. It is the first establishment built to rehabilitate and study homeless dogs, and those who were maltreated and left alone by their owners. Animal Planet also featured the project in a film entitled “Second Chance Dogs.”
The rehabilitation center for dogs opened after a rehabilitation pilot program in New Jersey that ran for four years. The program successfully treated 300 dogs and made them available for adoption with rescue groups and shelters.
A team of animal behavior experts is assigned to treat dogs brought to the rehabilitation center. They employ behavioral techniques to reduce the dogs’ trauma, stress, and fear of people. The center could accommodate 65 dogs per day at any time.
The BRC accepts all dog breeds of any age provided that they are in good physical condition but show differences in behavior that makes them hard to adopt. After rehabilitation, the team sends them to different shelters across the US.
Kristen Collins, Vice President of the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, said that they are open to professionals visiting the center and partner with the group to further help the organization in taking care of homeless dogs. She added that the group is thankful for their colleagues’ support and to those who contributed to the project’s development.
Aside from the center, ASPCA also looks forward to opening the Learning Lab program which targets chosen shelters in the country. The program includes building a dormitory for visiting professionals that collaborate with the BRC team. These experts would visit the facility to even more develop specialized rehabilitation techniques and integrate targeted sharing protocols in their operations. The organization also looks forward to expanding their partnerships to other groups for them to share rehabilitation techniques and practices to enhance further their knowledge on studying afflicted dogs.