Our Mission

The Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science (SPARCS) is a Washington non-profit organization created to bridge the gap between canine science and dog lovers by providing an international platform where modern animal behavior science can be presented, discussed, and debated by the greatest minds in canine science. Every year, SPARCS hosts an international conference where speakers give in-depth presentations pertaining to questions about dog behavior, welfare, and key issues the world faces in the human-canine bond.

We believe that the future of animal welfare is beholden to scientific inquiry as it is through research that new knowledge can inspire new questions. However, out of the billions of dollars that are devoted to research, very little is awarded to animal behavior and canine scientists. With an ever increasing worldwide dog population, there has never been a more important time to investigate the social and ecological aspects of the human-canine bond as we journey into the 21st century. To this end, SPARCS hopes to use public interest in canine science to generate new grants that are profoundly needed for researchers to continue to learn more about our best friend

Board of Directors

Prescott Breeden, Executive Director

Melani Nardone, Board Member

James C. Ha, PhD, CAAB, Board Member

Board of Scientific Advisors

James C. Ha, PhD, CAAB

Kathryn Lord, PhD

Monique Udell, PhD

Stephen Zawistowski, PhD, CAAB