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Shelter Division

The Shelter Division is a place where current and future shelter workers can get quality education, information, community and support, with the goal of improving the lives of those working in shelters, as well as the animals and adopters they serve. We're extremely proud to have Dot Baisley serving as Chair.

The Division offers 3 levels of membership, with two designations:

  • Supporting: Everyone begins by signing up as a Supporting Member.
  • Shelter Behavior Affiliate (SBA): Must pass an application requiring fundamental knowledge of shelter work and behavior/training.
  • Certified in Shelter Behavior: Dog (CSB-D), Cat (CSB-C), and Specialist (CSBS - Must hold two Shelter Certifications). These certifications are very high level, in line with our other full certifications.

Requirements and fees for all levels of membership can be found on our Join page.

A Shelter Library is stocked by contributions from members and is available from within your IAABC user accounts. Shelter-focused handouts, articles, and videos for professionals and clients are added on a continuing basis. Material from the library may be used for distribution and public use by our members.


Dot Baisly, MS, CPDT-KA


Division Chair, Shelter Division

Dot Baisly, is the shelter division chair for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, is a certified professional dog trainer (through CCPDT), a certified dog behavior consultant, certified cat behavior consultant and certified shelter behavior professional (through IAABC). She also holds a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior from Tufts University. She has been working in animal welfare and behavior for over 20 years, both in animal welfare and rescue organizations in New York and New England, and with private clients as a consultant for dogs and cats. Currently she works as the Director of Behavior for Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, MA. Dot also works with many shelters and rescues as a consultant, evaluating dogs and educating staff and volunteers on a wide variety of subjects.

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