Lindsey Wolko is recognized worldwide for her advocacy work on behalf of consumers and their pets.
She is known for founding the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), a non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization dedicated to consumer and companion animal safety. When her dog Maggie was injured by a safety harness in 2004 a focus on consumer and companion animal safety surfaced. In 2011, after completing a ground-breaking pilot study, she founded the Center for Pet Safety.
Understanding that the pet products industry is a highly unregulated $100+ Billion industry, the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) was founded to work on behalf of pets and their owners to strategically improve pet products. Using scientific testing to measure product performance, CPS uses the collected data to establish measurement techniques and develops test protocols and ratings systems to ensure product efficacy.
In 2011 prompted by concerned pet owners, Wolko developed and conducted the Crashworthiness Analysis of Canine Automotive Restraints Size: Large (Pilot Study) that scientifically examined the efficacy of safety harnesses. Subsequent studies examining harnesses, crates, carrier and pet travel seats were sponsored by Subaru of America and directed by Ms. Wolko.
The data collected from the studies provided the detailed information needed to author the first safety standards (test protocol and ratings system) for pet travel products. In 2014 the Center for Pet Safety Certified program was announced. Pet owners can now look for the CPS logo on products that meet the organization’s rigorous testing and performance requirements.
Lindsey has authored numerous articles for publications and national organizations and her mission has been featured through media spanning the globe including, AAA Magazine, ABC Good Morning America, Associated Press, Discovery Channel, Martha Stewart Living, Le Matain, Consumer Reports, Marketplace (Canadian Broadcast Corporation), NBC Today Show, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and hundreds news outlets around the globe.
Ms. Wolko is also credited with developing the first instrumented and weighted Canine Test Device (Crash Test Dog).
Lindsey originates from McLean, Virginia and currently resides in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She holds a bachelors degree from George Mason University.