Center for Pet Safety

Rating: 4.73 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid

Location: 11921 Freedom Drive Suite 550 Reston VA 20190 USA

Mission: The Center for Pet Safety’s mission is to have an enduring, positive impact on the survivability, health, safety and well-being of companion animals and the consumer through scientific research and product testing.
Results: 2011 - Harness Crashworthiness Pilot Study 2013 - Harness Crashworthiness Study & Product Evaluations, Sponsored by Subaru
Target demographics: ensure the products you purchase for your pets are safe
Direct beneficiaries per year: pet owners understand more about the products they purchase for their pets, how those products can directly affect consumer safety
Programs: Pet travel research, harness research, containment research, pet safety educational programs.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 45-2914502
800.324.2659
http://www.CenterforPetSafety.org

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

After reading about this effort, I was stunned that pet products don't have to meet safety requirements before hitting the shelves. It is a sad state of affairs that as pet owners we spend our money on products that may not be safe or may put the lives of our pets - or our families - at risk. I'm glad to see an organization that is working to change things in a meaningful, positive way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure they obtained needed funding to complete the additional research they need to do.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very grateful for CPS. They have educated the public about the safety of harnesses for dogs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funding for more tests and a wider variety of product tested.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very thankful that they've stepped up to provide this service. Our economy allows for manufacturers to get away with outright lying about their products. We need organizations like CPS, who try to protect us and our loved ones, and they should receive money to perform their testing, from a pool funded by manufacturers!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

CPS has helped me make sound decisions when buying pet safety products such as seatbelt harness and car seat. They are constantly writing updates so I know they don't just run a test and call it good. I love my fur-babies and couldn't be happier with all the work CPS does!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of one thing I would change.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

II like reading the cps updates and posts. I feel like they represent the common pet parent. My dog is family and I want to get her safe toys and equipment. The cps has helped me see the kinds of things to look for and make informed desicions about products for my pet. I feel they are a voice for us because they seem to really care about what they are doing and strive for safety. I appreciate all they do daily to protect my pet from manufacturers that take the easy route or do not test their products. I have learned so much from them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None yet that I know of

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

Thanks for the past and continued research! I couldn't find any similar information available for pet safety. As a veterinarian, I was often asked for resources such as this and now I have a group to recommend. I appreciate the unbiased reports and the willingness to break new ground.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so very glad there is a place that is non profit and doesn't receive funding from companies that they test their products from. I have 3 Maltese that mean the world to me and their safety is just as important to me as everyone else in my vehicle. It is nice to know there are people out there that care too and are making honest reports on safety products for pets and not a company just trying to sell me something.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I regularly transport dogs on long trips in our van, as we would never consider boarding or leaving our 3 dogs, even at home with a pet sitter. Our dogs always *always* go with us - in the car. Humans wear crash-tested seat belts - why is crash testing on dogs' harnesses only being done now? Thank goodness for Center for Pet Safety, which brings together qualified experts, equipment manufacturers, and consumers to develop dog safety devices that actually protect the safety of the dog in the car. How radical is that !?! It's about time! We look forward to supporting their important work in the years to come, because we know that they are bringing science to bear on this problem, and working to build collaborations so our dogs will not risk injury from the very devices that were marketed as protective.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

I have 4 dogs that I compete in dog agility with. This means I've spent thousands of miles a year driving all around the southeast. I initially purchased harnesses for my dogs that claimed to be crash-tested. When a fellow agility competitor was involved in a serious accident it was then I became aware of the issue that there are no standards for pet travel harnesses so I tried to look online to find out if there were standards to market a product as crash-tested approved. That's when I found the Center for Pet Safety. I am a scientist so I value scientifically proven results and found the information on their website invaluable. Not only do they provide crash test videos but they also provide testing results that are clear to understand. I had a question for CPS and they were extremely fast with their answers. I now use their website when making decisions on what products to purchase.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They need more funding so I hope that they can reach out to more people in the future.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

An unbiased organization (takes no advertising or donations from those being researched, has no vested personal or financial interest in the companies or the products being tested) using scientific rigor to establish base line safety in conjuntion with experts in safety and engineering. No, the folks who run CPS aren't experts... but it is not always what you know, but who you know. They ask the hard questions (Does it protect? Does it cause harm?) and then, by consulting with experts in the field, figure out how to test products aned identify weaknesses, and determine if prodcuts meet the claims they make, and keep our pets safe, or not. Yep, those folks who want to claim they have products that protect our pets, but don't back them up with solid, unbiased testing aren't going to like this. No one else is doing this kind of questioning and testing. Doing what pet owners would do themselves if they had the resources! Keep up the hard questions CPS!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more resources, so they could test more products. I am really anxious to see results form crate testing!!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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