AbbVie is committed to animal welfare, and actively practices the 3Rs of animal research: replacement, reduction and refinement. As part of the refinement effort, AbbVie has made some former research dogs available for adoption for the past 15 years through dog adoption agencies. AbbVie is highly committed to providing the best care for our animals, including adopting eligible dogs.
To support this program, AbbVie’s Dog Socialization/Play Enrichment program has engaged more than 110 employees as volunteers to enhance compliance with the USDA requirement to ensure more contact with humans through play and other activities. Volunteers socialize dogs, which especially help those that are being adopted out to help ease their transition. Employees undergo training to understand their role and proper handling of dogs, in addition to better understand the use of animals in research.