Animal Behavior Research
With numerous direct-care programs across the country, including the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, ASPCA Adoption Center, and ASPCA Cruelty Recover Center, the ASPCA has many opportunities to study behavior. From learning more about resource guarding in dogs to assessing shy and fearful cats, the studies provide helpful takeaways for shelters and rescues. The ASPCA also partners with other animal welfare organizations to study behaviors that may prolong adoption, resulting in strategies to improve animal outcomes.
Food Guarding in Shelter Dogs
An ASPCA study provides a compelling argument against euthanizing dogs who display food guarding.
Do Underweight Dogs Resource Guard More?
Discover the research results from an ASPCA study on food aggression in dogs who have experienced food scarcity.
Behavioral Rehabilitation of Extremely Fearful Dogs
Review research by the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center on the effectiveness of a behavior modification protocol that could reduce euthanasia in moderately to extremely fearful dogs, especially those from cruel and neglectful backgrounds