Receiving Certification

Screening Requirement: Before certification is issued, American Humane must view a final cut of the project. The entire project must be screened, not just footage of the animal action. There are no exceptions to this requirement. American Humane will sign NDAs, if required.

  • Post-production can send a picture-locked cut via a link or a physical DVD. Production should send the cut prior to locking credits. For feature films and television shows, an in-office/editorial screening can be arranged (Los Angeles area only).
  • American Humane will screen the project and match the filmed animal action with the CASR field reports, ensuring all featured animal action is accounted for and safely achieved.


  • Motion Pictures and Episodic Series are eligible to receive the No Animals Were Harmed® certification mark to include in end credits.
  • Commercials and short-form projects are eligible to receive the “No Animals Were Harmed®” certification letter documenting the safe treatment of animals.

Turn-around Time: Once submitted, commercial certifications are generally issued in one to two business days, episodic certifications in three to four business days, and film certifications in five to seven business days.

Not Monitored, Production Compliant: If a production requests a CASR on set (and completes contract requirements), but a CASR is unavailable, the production is considered compliant and may be eligible for a Not Monitored Production Compliant letter. For commercials, Not Monitored Production Compliant letters can be submitted to network standards and practices.

Don’t forget. Ensure your post production department has American Humane’s Film and TV Unit contact information prior to wrapping production!


American Humane is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2022 our “No Animals Were Harmed®” program services, including travel costs, will be available at no-charge to SAG-AFTRA productions working in the U.S. and qualified SAG-AFTRA productions working internationally due to the generous support and commitment to animal protection of our funders, the SAG-AFTRA Producers Industry Advancement Fund (IACF).

COVID-19 Production Advisory

UPDATED April 24 , 2023
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will end the Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declaration on May 11, 2023. American Humane will follow the Guidance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Declaration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, since human-to-animal transfer has been known to occur in some animal species, American Humane recommends the following for those working around animals.

• Those feeling ill/symptomatic or have had close contact to someone with COVID should not be on set. Those that have TESTED POSITIVE for COVID-19 should not be on set.
• High-risk animals are at higher risk of contracting COVID and include domestic and exotic cats, ferrets, Syrian hamsters, deer, and primates.
• Our Resource Center is open and available to answer your animal-related questions and advise you on how best to ensure animal safety and welfare. Contact us at 1-818-501-0123 or email us.