American Humane to launch Animal Behavior Resources Institute website

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The American Humane Association will launch the Animal Behavior Resources Institute (ABRI) website, a free pet training and animal behavior resource, on Friday, July 30, in Atlanta.  The launch coincides with the 2010 Conferences of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).

The website, formerly operated by the Animal Behavior Resources Institute, Inc., is now a program of American Humane. American Humane’s goals for the website are to increase pet adoptions, reduce euthanasia, promote the human-animal bond, and serve as a valuable resource to animal welfare and companion animal professionals.

The website features leading animal behavior professionals in action through an extensive video library. It also includes podcasts, articles, and the latest research reports and news about animal behavior and training. All the information on the website is based on scientific, evidence-based techniques and approaches as practiced by the nation’s leading experts in animal behavior.

“Unwanted pet behavior is a major factor leading to animal surrenders to shelters,” said Dori Villalon, vice president of Animal Protection for American Humane. “Through American Humane’s ABRI online program, we are giving animal behavior professionals, as well as the general public, access to the latest best practices and research in pet training. The program is a resource for people to address unwanted pet behavior, which will in turn strengthen the human-animal bond between people and their pets.”

Representatives from American Humane will demonstrate the site at the ACVB/AVSAB Veterinary Behavior Symposium on July 30 in Atlanta, and at the 147th American Veterinary Medical Association annual convention, also in Atlanta, July 31 - Aug. 3, at booth #1450.

For more information about American Humane, please visit www.americanhumane.org. For more information on ABRI, please visit www.americanhumane.org/ABRIonline.

About American Humane Association

Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

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