Behavioral Assessment & Rehabilitation of Animal Cruelty Victims

Dogs rescued from cruel conditions, including puppy mills, hoarding situations and dogfighting, run the gamut from friendly, sociable animals to extremely fearful—even feral—creatures. A behavior evaluation proves a useful tool in determining the best possible outcomes for these victims of cruelty. Resilient, social dogs may be ready for immediate placement in new homes. Some of the unsocialized animals come around with time in a rehabilitation program. In some cases, dangerous dogs can be rehabilitated to the degree that they are successfully integrated into society.

Attendees of this free, 60-minute webinar will learn:

  • the subtests that make up a comprehensive behavior evaluation
  • the reasons for conducting a behavior evaluation
  • how to identify specific behaviors exhibited during the behavior evaluation
  • the techniques used to rehabilitate fearful, unsocialized dogs

This webinar is part of the Combating Cruelty series presented by the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse (NCPAA), a program of the National District Attorneys Association; the ASPCA; and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

This webinar has been approved for 1 CEU for behavior consultants by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). To receive credit after you watch the full recording, email your CCPDT membership number to ASPCApro with the webinar name. We will submit CCPDT information once per month.


Dr. Pamela Reid is a certified applied animal behaviorist and VP of the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team and the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology, specializing in animal learning and behavior, from the University of Toronto. She and her colleagues perform behavior evaluations on cruelty case victims, primarily animals from puppy mills, hoarding cases, and bloodsports. Pam has evaluated literally hundreds of pit bulls from dogfighting cases, including the Michael Vick and the MO500 dogs. Pam is adjunct professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Pam established a behavior consultation practice in Toronto, Canada, and was assistant professor with the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.