The Center for Canine Behavior Studies in Salisbury, CT was established to investigate the human-canine bond and behavior that breaks that bond. Initial studies focus on the the behavioral factors linking dogs and their owners/adopters in order to identify specifically the factors of behavioral compatibility that most influence dog relinquishment. Behavior is the # 1 killer of dogs under the age of 3 years old. Every year in the United States alone millions of dogs are relinquished. Dog relinquishment is the largest contributing factor in shelter overpopulation. In turn, shelter overpopulation is the largest contributing factor in canine euthanasia; between 1.25 and 1.5 million dogs are destroyed each year in the U.S. The Center’s Chief Scientific Officer is Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, DVA, DACVAA, DACVB of Tufts University.
The Center for Canine Behavior Studies is part of The Simon Foundation, Inc., one of Connecticut’s largest no kill animal rescue and adoption shelters. TSF annually places about 500 animals in homes with a return-relinquishment rate of about 5%.
TSF was incorporated in 2004 and its 501(c)(3) status was confirmed by the IRS in 2008.