we put science, honesty, and compassion first

Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to secure equal treatment and opportunity all dogs and their people through recognizing that all dogs are individuals.

Established in the 1980s, we work to achieve this goal by offering free resources to animal welfare workers and community advocates, as well as through our service dog, detection dog, and grant programs.

about us.

We Work to End Discrimination.

Some dogs receive an arbitrary label that puts them on the receiving end of discriminatory policies and bias. But that’s just the surface of what’s really happening. The fact is that racism, classism, and all other forms of human injustice are at the root of canine discrimination. Everything about our work centers around equality for people and the animals with whom we share our lives.


We Are Focused On That Goal.

No one at Animal Farm Foundation collects a salary who isn’t directly involved with our mission. We keep our staff lean and focused. Some members of our staff travel around the country connecting with communities all while keeping the organization running, the rest work directly with our dogs, managing their training and care.

this is how we do it.

We keep communities safe by providing “pit bull” shelter dogs, specially trained for detection work, to police departments free of charge.

We train shelter “pit bull” dogs as mobility, active task work, hearing alert, or psychiatric service dogs. We provide these service dogs at no cost to people with disabilities.

We help rehabilitate inmates through our PAWS of Purpose dog training program at Rikers Island Correctional Facility.


We change the lives of individual dogs by funding animal welfare organizations run by people who share our ethics and goals.

We teach animal welfare professionals evidence-based, honest, non-proprietary, affordable, replicable policies and strategies that help all shelter animals and the people who take care of them.

Providing resources and consultation for community advocates fighting breed specific laws and breed restrictive housing policies so people can keep their pets.

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