Mission & Vision


Dogs Playing for Life is redefining the meaning and importance of quality of life for all sheltered dogs by improving their experience through playgroups and individualized training, resulting in urgent and responsible lifesaving.


Dogs Playing for Life has served hundreds of thousands of dogs in shelters through playgroup seminars and enrichment programs. By helping shelters improve the quality of life for their dogs, more dogs will be adopted and fewer will fall through the cracks.

By investing in canine enrichment through behavioral intervention, Dogs Playing for Life is committed to tackling the “end game” of animal welfare by attending to the emotional well-being of all sheltered dogs from the day they arrive until the day they go home.

Completing the Cycle

Dogs Playing for Life is partnering with some of the greatest minds and leaders from shelters and rescues across the country to demonstrate the overall impact of our combined programs. Our Every Dog, Every Day! Seminars, Levels I & II Mentorships, and Canine Center Florida help shelters fill in skills gaps and bolster lifesaving. 


What does a humane society look like for dogs and the people that care for them? Dogs Playing for Life believes it consists of the following:

  1. Every animal is experiencing excellent quality of life
  2. Every dog has an opportunity for out-of-kennel enrichment every day
  3. Every shelter can assess dogs that are beyond their capacity for attentive behavioral care
  4. Every dog has access to the support they need to thrive

How do we compassionately treat each dog while responsibly serving our communities? By providing comprehensive programming to shelters and prioritizing quality of life for all dogs.


Our methods are working. We achieve consistent results and get great feedback from the shelters we have helped. Take a look at some of the most recent survey and program tracking results:

1 %

of shelters we taught to run playgroups have continued the practice.

1 %

feel that sheltered dogs have a better quality of life thanks to playgroups.

1 %

feel that playgroups result in better adoption matches and reduce dog returns.

1 %

decrease in the average canine length of stay for shelters running playgroups for at least one year.

1 %

of shelters surveyed reported that the benefit of playgroups outweigh the risks.

1 %

average rate of increase in canine lifesaving for shelters running playgroups for at least one year.

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Dogs live to play, now let them play to live.

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