Notable Gifts and Grants
• Directed gifts to Western University of Health Sciences and to the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, to support research into the inter-observer reliability and validity of visual breed identification of mixed-breed dogs.
• Grants to the University of Illinois Institute of Government & Public Affairs, Center for Public Safety & Justice; the Best Friends Animal Society; and Safe Humane Chicago to develop, in collaboration with NCRC, a manual for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The manual, "The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters," was published during 2011.
• A five-year grant to the Animals & Society Institute to support Human-Animal Studies Fellowships at the Wesleyan University College of Environment.
NCRC Vision Series
• "The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog" by Janis Bradley: the first in a series of original peer-reviewed papers examining aspects of the human-canine bond.
Lectures and Presentations
• NCRC travels to animal welfare conferences, animal service agencies, professional associations, law schools and veterinary schools, speaking on a variety of topics related to the human-canine bond.
• "Police and Dog Encounters: Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep our Communities Safe and Humane," a five-video training series designed to prepare law enforcement officers for interactions with dogs in the line of duty. National Canine Research Council funded and developed the videos, in partnership with Safe Humane Chicago & The U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The videos can be viewed at no charge from:
• NCRC compiled the case reports and collaborated in data abstraction for “Co-occurrence of potentially preventable factors in 256 dog bite–related fatalities in the United States (2000–2009)”, which was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. It is the most comprehensive analysis of such incidents published to date.
• The Pit Bull Placebo: The Media, Myths, and Politics of Canine Aggression, by Karen Delise.
• “Stereotyping and other systemic problems associated with visual breed identification of dogs,” a new paper in association with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.