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Playing for Life!™ Program


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Our Playing for Life!™ program is an internationally recognized training program for shelter dogs.  The program features play group as an assessment, enrichment, training and adoption enhancement tool.  Our Training and Behavior Director, Aimee Sadler, is one of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award recipients of 2011 and a recent inductee into the International Association of Canine Professionals Members Hall of Fame.

The Playing for Life! ™ program has been in development since 1998 when a volunteer hired professional dog trainer, Aimee Sadler, to work with the dogs at the Southampton Animal Shelter. In 2010 Aimee began traveling to shelters around the country to share the life-saving success of SASF’s unique training and behavior program that focuses on daily play groups for shelter dogs. As the home base for the PFL program, SASF is a recognized leader in animal sheltering, maintaining a Live Release Rate of all of its’ animals in excess of 95%!…an extraordinary standard as an open admission shelter.

To date, over 55 shelters in the United States and Canada have been provided Playing for Life! ™ seminars while the program has been featured at animal welfare conferences such as HSUS Animal Expo, Best Friend’s No More homeless Pets and No Kill. The ASPCA’s Dr. Pamela Reid, Ph.D, CAAB says “…this is the most progressive behavior program in sheltering…”.

Additionally, animal care professionals and dedicated volunteers can learn from the SASF Training & Behavior Department through personalized internships that are designed to support handlers in acquiring the pertinent skills that will enhance their shelter dogs quality of life and chances for adoption.

Playing for Life!™