Auburn Valley Humane Society Partners with ASPCA to Help Behaviorally Challenged Shelter Dogs

Interactive training at ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center provides innovative techniques and best practices to support homeless dogs nationwide


AUBURN, WA—The Auburn Valley Humane Society today announces its participation in the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Learning Lab, a program developed at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville, N.C., to better serve behaviorally challenged homeless dogs. The Learning Lab is an interactive educational program where select shelters participate in an intensive, hands-on workshop and discuss all aspects of advanced behavioral care in animal shelters.

Last week, a team of shelter professionals from Auburn Valley Humane Society visited the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, where they worked alongside ASPCA behavior experts and discussed effective protocols and best practices to elevate behavioral healthcare programs in shelters. The Auburn Valley Humane Society will be applying new ideas and strategies to further integrate behavioral and psychological support for homeless dogs into their entire sheltering operation.

“What an amazing opportunity for our organization to be invited to learn about this program.” said Kristina Adams, Auburn Valley Humane Society Licensed Veterinary Technician. “We feel empowered by our experience and are looking forward to collaborating with the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center and their team of experts in the field of behavior.”

“Auburn Valley Humane Society is an enthusiastic organization dedicated to applying best practices and innovative solutions to further enhance their behavioral healthcare program,” said Dr. Kat Miller, Senior Director of the ASPCA Learning Lab program. “We are excited to welcome them to the Learning Lab program, where they now join our network of partners that develops and shares forward-thinking practices to better prepare behaviorally challenged animals for adoption into loving homes.”

The ASPCA Learning Lab launched in 2018 at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, the first-ever permanent facility dedicated to the rehabilitation and study of extremely fearful, unadoptable homeless dogs, most of whom are victims of cruelty or neglect. As the Learning Lab program evolves, the ASPCA aims to develop a national network of partner organizations that share learnings and best practices and serve as specialized behavioral rehabilitation hubs in their communities.

The work of the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center is showcased in an award-winning ASPCA documentary, “Second Chance Dogs”, which is available on For more information on the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, please visit

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Auburn Valley Humane Society

Opening its doors in 2013, Auburn Valley Humane Society enriches the lives of companion animals and people through animal sheltering, programs and community engagement. Auburn Valley Humane Society is much more than just “the pound.” It’s a community education center where pets and people can come together. AVHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization who partners with the city of Auburn for the housing of the lost and stray animals within the City of Auburn. AVHS also serves King and Pierce Counties for owner relinquishment and adoptions. Please visit and be sure to follow AVHS on Facebook and Instagram.

Ally Nauer