Aimee Sadler

CEO, Founder

Aimee Sadler
Aimee Sadler is the founder and CEO of Dogs Playing for Life, an enrichment program for shelter dogs featuring play groups. She is a nationally recognized trainer specializing in behavioral problems. Her techniques have been derived from over 30 years of professional work with multiple species, from dogs to cats, from exotics to marine mammals. Since 1998, Aimees main interest has been working with shelter dogs after her private client sent her to the Southampton Animal Shelter to spend her session time working with their dogs instead of her own. Ever since, Aimees vision has been to create enrichment and training programs that would prove to be invaluable to the wellbeing of dogs in shelters everywhere. Dogs Playing for Life seminars and trainings have been provided to more than 250 organizations internationally. Aimee presents consistently at animal welfare and professional dog training conferences, such as HSUS Animal Expo, the Best Friends National Conference, Masters in Behavior Conference, the No Kill Conference and the International Association of Canine Professionals Conference. Aimees programs have assisted multiple shelters in achieving industry leading success as open admission shelters saving more than 95 of their shelter dogs. In recognition of her work, Aimee was honored with the Henry Bergh Leadership Award in 2011 and the Maddies Fund Hero Award in 2018 in addition to being inducted into the Members Hall of Fame for the International Association of Canine Professionals. From the popularity of the program and the measured results in lifesaving, Dogs Playing for Life has been featured in the television series Shelter Me New Beginnings, airing on PB and Netflix as well as being the inaugural recipient of the Petco Foundation Love in Action Award. In 2017, DPFL opened its first National Canine Center in Florida to serve as an advanced training and behavior center for unowned dogs needing some extra help prior to placement, and for the purpose of mentoring and cultivating shelter canine trainers. Aimee currently resides in Longmont, Colorado, with her husband and their very full family of furry and nonfurry beings.