Who We Are

Tierney Sain, strategist

Tierney and dog


After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Tierney joined the Dogtown team at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. She quickly became an instrumental member of the team due to her ability to work with, and progress, dogs who had significant behavior challenges. Over time she honed her skills and began to not only create customized behavior and enrichment plans for each individual dog, but also began coaching others, which led to her advancement on the team from caregiver to supervisor. As a supervisor in Dogtown, Tierney oversaw the team who took care of the sanctuary’s most challenging dog population. It was here where Tierney led the team through creative problem solving to enhance and diversify their ability to progress dogs with comprehensive behavior issues. Tierney created protocols for expediting progress with shy dogs, implemented playgroups and played a critical role in population management. On a personal level, Tierney also extended her expertise to help several local shelters with limited resources enhancing their shelter operations and improving the quality of life for their canine populations. Tierney then transitioned into a shelter support role to help more dogs and people by providing support and mentoring to shelters across the country on operations and programming. She focused heavily on canine training, enrichment and behavior. Now a Regional Strategist, Tierney is continuing to work with and support shelters. Tierney now calls Cincinnati, OH her home and spends her free time with family or hiking with her adopted dogs.