Senior Manager - Animal Care
Dr. Carley Faughn has worked with canines, felines and nonhuman primates since 2007, merging her passion for comparative cognition, animal welfare and animal rescue. In March 2018, she transitioned from Dogtown manager at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to senior manager of animal care. In this role, she continues to oversee Dogtown and its behavior team, as well as adoptions, the Sanctuarys animal care consultant, and the Sanctuarys wellbeing studies. Carley works with the Dogtown team to develop creative wellness plans and enrichment ideas to ensure that every dog has a good quality of life while still working on life skills for success in their new homes. In addition, she collaborates with Best Friends lifesaving centers and Best Friends Network partners to implement lifesaving programs and facilitate teachings about animal behavior and cognition. Before coming to Best Friends, she served as executive director of Acadiana Animal Aid AAA in Lafayette, Louisiana, for three years. She became the executive director at AAA just before completing her Ph.D. in cognitive science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and after serving as a caregiver at the nonprofit animal rescue group for several years. Carley played an integral role in Lafayette committing to reach nokill by 2020.