Bellamy Young Visits Dogs Victims of Cruelty at ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center
In honor of Animal Cruelty Prevention Month in April, award-winning actress and animal advocate Bellamy Young visited the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center (BRC) near his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, to spend time with dogs who are victims of cruelty and neglect.
During her visit, Bellamy toured the first facility of its kind, followed animal behavior specialists during treatment sessions, and interacted with program dogs, many victims of abuse and neglect situations like puppy mills, hoarding and dog fighting.
“As an animal lover, I feel so lucky to have recently spent time at the ASPCA Behavioral rehabilitation center near my hometown of Asheville, NC. The team of behavioral experts do such important work preparing fearful dogs – often victims of cruelty and neglect – for their second chance to live happily with loving new families,” said the actress and animal advocate. Bellamy Young. “Work the ASPCA being done to rescue, rehabilitate and place animals that have suffered some of the most horrific forms of abuse is so necessary, and witnessing it first hand has been an honor and an inspiration.
“It was such a pleasure to have Bellamy Young visit the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, and we are grateful for their dedication to animals in need,” said Kate Pullen, vice president of the ASPCA Behavioral rehabilitation center. “Bellamy immersed herself in treatment and play sessions alongside our expert behavior specialists and showed the dogs in our care – many of whom have been rescued from horrific situations – love, patience and reassurance.”
Through intensive and specialized behavior modification techniques, staff at the BRC working to move dogs from rescue, to rehabilitation, and ultimately to safe, loving homes. The program supports shelters and rescue groups across the country by accepting homeless dogs whose fear is so severe that it compromises their quality of life and makes adoption difficult or impossible. Many dogs that receive care at home BRC are rescued through the ASPCA’s national on-the-ground efforts, where they help local agencies rescue animal victims of cruelty.
In addition to re-educating very fearful dogs, the ASPCA launched an innovative research-based training program, called Learning Lab, in BRC for select shelters across the country. The establishment includes a dormitory and a space where the professionals of the refuge can visit and collaborate with the BRC so that they can integrate specialized rehabilitation techniques and targeted accommodation protocols into their own operations. As the Learning Lab program evolves, ASPCA has expanded its virtual learning opportunities to help even more shelters across the country incorporate strategies to protect the behavioral well-being of their animals.