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Dog Behavior Evaluation in Shelters

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John Griffin is the director of shelter services at the Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem, PA. They are committed to the humane and compassionate treatment of animals and are distinguished as America’s First Animal Shelter.

What kind of behavior evaluations do shelters perform on adoptive dogs?

We do a behavior evaluation here at the Women’s Humane Society because we believe we have to do something. Now we have taken what the ASPCA developed as “Meet Your Match Safer”, a lot of organizations have done that and kind of modified it to what it is we are looking for. To that degree, we’re looking to provide a minimum battery of test that anyone, I can ask my kennel manager to do it, I can ask my K9 behavior professional to do it, I can do it. The test will be the same they can be replicated pretty simply and then it will also kind of where can we start to target our resources. Everybody’s resources are finite, so hey is this animal happy, healthy, and relatively normal, alright lets kind of fast track them right up. Does this animal need behavior modification or some additional work we can put them in a special area to do that as well?