Dogtown Manager at Best Friends Sanctuary
Dr. Carley Faughn has worked with canines, felines, and nonhuman primates since 2007 merging her passion for comparative cognition, animal welfare, and animal rescue. Dr. Faughn joined Best Friends Animal Society after serving as Executive Director of Acadiana Animal Aid (AAA) in Lafayette, LA for three years. She joined AAA as Executive Director just before completing her PhD at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Cognitive Science, 2014) and after serving as a caregiver at the nonprofit animal rescue for several years. During her time at Acadiana Animal Aid she led a team to increase their life saving efforts from 385 lives saved in 2013 to well over 2,000 lives saved in her final year as Executive Director in 2016. Dr. Faughn joined Best Friends Animal Society in December 2016 as the Dogtown Manager at Best Friends Sanctuary. In her role at the Sanctuary, Dr. Faughn works with the Dogtown team to develop creative wellness plans and enrichment ideas to ensure every dog has a good quality of life while still working on life skills for their adopted homes. In addition, Dr. Faughn collaborates with Best Friends’ Regional Centers as well as Best Friends’ Network Partners to implement lifesaving programs and facilitate teachings about animal behavior and cognition.