“Truly meeting the welfare needs of animals in shelters, whether for housing, interaction or play, can have profound effects not only for the well-being of the animals themselves, but also for staff, volunteers and the success of the overall shelter mission.”

Kate Hurley Direcctor, Koret Shelter Medicine Program UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

“Dogs Playing For Life gave our staff and volunteers the necessary tools to provide excellent quality of life for shelter dogs. The Program resulted in improved volunteer opportunities, enrichment activities, and behavior evaluations. After six months, staff and volunteers cannot imagine shelter life without the Dogs Playing For Life tool, and thankfully our dogs will never have to.”

Nikki Harris Acting Division Chief Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services

“Implementing Dogs Play for Life at our adoption center has made a huge difference for our large dogs. DPFL provides critically needed exercise and stimulation in a shelter environment, while the socialization aspect greatly increases adoption prospects. It’s an extremely valuable tool for any rescue or shelter striving to become no kill.”

Marc Peralta Executive Director Best Friends Animal Society / Los Angeles

“The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to promote new and innovative approaches like Aimee Sadler’s shelter playgroups program, Dogs Playing for Life. Providing shelter dogs with an outlet that gives
them the mental stimulation and activity they need is an important step to ensuring their wellbeing and giving them the best opportunity for adoption into loving homes.”

Wayne Pacelle President & CEO The Humane Society of the United States 


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