Sharon Wirant

Manager, ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Services

sharon-wirantSharon Wirant works with the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team (ACBT) to behaviorally assess victims of cruelty cases. She works closely with the Field Investigations and Response Team, acts as a liaison for Response Partner agencies, manages a consultant base of Behavior Leads, assists with the Rehabilitation Center and participates in ACBT educational efforts.

Wirant teaches and conducts SAFER® Aggression Assessments for the Community Outreach department. She teaches the Canine-ality Adoption Program, which helps to match shelter dogs with adopters based on behavior.

Previously, Wirant served as Chief Operating Officer at the Monadnock Humane Society in West Swanzey, New Hampshire. Wirant’s work on the urinary behavior of dogs has appeared in the journal, Applied Animal Behaviour Science on several occasions. Wirant earned both a B.A. in biological sciences and neuroscience and an M.A. in biological sciences with a specialization in animal behavior from Smith College. She is an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Behavior Consultant Canine and a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.

Wirant resides in New Hampshire with her husband, Mark, seven dogs, three barn cats and 18 sheep. Wirant and her husband are active competitors in the sport of dog agility and dabble in sheep herding with their three border collies.