The Center for Shelter Dogs (CSD) at Cummings School is a research institute, which conducts research to improve the welfare and successful placement of homeless dogs as well as dogs at risk for homelessness. Central to this mission is the dissemination of research results through the education of shelter professionals, veterinary students, and graduate students.
An initiative of the Shelter Medicine Program, CSD is housed within the Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) at Cummings School. CSD offers shelters evidence-based information and tools designed to better assess, understand and improve the welfare and stress of dogs in shelters. CSD’s research is focused in several areas, including:
CSD allows the Shelter Medicine Program to disseminate information about animal welfare, provides shelters with access to behavioral information and resources and affords students the opportunity to contribute by getting involved through classes in Shelter Medicine or by participating in a research project.