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About Us


Strategic science should help both children and animals enjoy happier and healthier lives. As both a veter-inarian and a grandmother, this is a goal that I am happy and honored to work toward! – Patricia N. Olson, D.V.M., Chief Veterinary Advisor, American Humane Association

Do we know all there is to know about animal welfare? Not yet, but we're getting there — with our pioneering Animal Welfare Research Institute.

We bring together doctors, veterinarians, psychologists, animal behaviorists, nutritionists, computer scientists and other experts to find answers to questions like:

  • Why are so many cats and dogs abandoned or given away?
  • Why is cancer the number-one cause of death in dogs over the age of 2?
  • Why is obesity a growing problem for both pets and children?


American Humane Association's Animal Welfare Research Institute:


  • Creates citizen scientists of pet owners, care providers and animal lovers.
  • Funds innovative science and training programs for animal welfare.
  • Trains veterinary scientists to meet the changing needs of our world.
  • Connects the dots between the well-being of animals and that of people.
  • Puts ANIMALS and CHILDREN first.


Help advance innovative research that improves the lives of animals! Donations in any amount make a difference.