The Shelter Playgroup Alliance (SPA) is a collaboration among shelter staff and behavior experts. We have developed a framework that supports safe and “healthy play” and limits the use of aversives to manage playgroups.  You can read more about the Shelter Playgroup Alliance at this IAABC Journal article published in the 2019 Winter editionClick here to download a copy of the article.


Visit our YouTube channel for videos that support our guidelines.


For a list of volunteer contributors to this effort, download a copy of our guidelines.

The SPA Leadership Team provides leadership for the organization, as well as event planning and management of the the annual Shelter Playgroup Summit.

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