Launched in March 2013, the ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ, is the first and only facility dedicated to providing behavioral rehabilitation for undersocialized canine victims of cruelty, such as those confiscated from puppy mills and hoarding situations. Physically healthy, fearful dogs rescued in cruelty cases conducted by the ASPCA and by other groups are eligible for treatment at the Center. Once admitted, dogs undergo an intensive rehabilitation regimen with the goal of improving their well-being and helping them become suitable for adoption. “Graduates” are transferred to partner shelters, including St. Hubert’s, for placement. Staff document procedures and progress, collecting data that will serve as the basis for a formal research study. The team looks forward to sharing its findings with other animal welfare organizations.
Find out more about the ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, featured in the cover story of the Spring 2013 issue of ASPCA Action.