Working Animals™ Certification

The American Humane Working Animals™ program helps verify the welfare and demonstrably humane treatment of animals wherever they live and work. American Humane’s Working Animals™ Certification program audit is focused on assessing the condition, well-being, and welfare of domesticated animals trained to perform certain specialized tasks, which may appear at public demonstrations, performances and/or appearances.

The program enforces rigorous, science-based, and comprehensive criteria for animal welfare, reviewed by an independent Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of world-renowned leaders in the fields of animal science, veterinary medicine, and animal behavior.

Welfare Indicators

Areas of certification evaluation include—but are not limited to—housing and environment, animal health, appearance and behavior, nutrition, veterinary care, and cleanliness/sanitation. In addition to permanent housing facilities, American Humane assesses transport, public performances, social interactions with the public, safe and stimulating temporary environments, and evidence of thorough preparation and protocols established to handle medical care.

Core Principles

No Observed Animal Abuse or Neglect

Observations of willful acts or unintentional signs of abuse or neglect by any person at the facility will automatically result in failure of the audit.

Appropriate Veterinary Care Plan

The facility must have a relationship and plan in effect regarding sick/injured animals with a qualified and licensed veterinarian.

Appropriate Staff Conduct

Facility staff must be knowledgeable regarding the facility’s animal care protocols and procedures, as well as conduct themselves in a manner that promotes animal welfare.

Certified Facilities

American Humane audits help to verify stringent animal welfare practices and offer increased assurance to the public that the Working Animals they enjoy receive excellent care.

Working Animals™
Scientific Advisory Committee

David Dutton, DVM, DACVS

Professor of Large Animal Surgery
Texas Tech University, School of Veterinary Medicine

Daniel Naprous

Horsemaster
The Devil’s Horsemen

Claudia Sonder, DVM

Napa Valley Equine

Carissa Wickens, PhD

Associate Professor and Extension Equine Specialist
University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences