Animal Care Manager
Posted October 07, 2019 at 04:51 PM Under "Adoptions & Adoption Programs"
How do your adopters meet your dogs?

How do interested adopters meet the dogs in your shelter? I'm curious to hear what others' protocols are from the time a potential adopter walks in the door until they time they decide which dog to adopt (or decide not to adopt). Are visitors permitted to walk through the kennels, are specific dogs brought to meet them in designated meeting rooms or outside on leash? Have you made any changes that increased your adoption rates?

  • October 14, 2019 at 03:36 AM

    From a holistic behaviorist perspective, I suggest to have a short interaction video of each dog with a volunteer and people should pick up three candidates to meet and interact in a calm meet and play room.

    Having people walking through barking kennels is stress full for both kids, people and dogs. It would be unfair to good but stressed dogs to be shown in a stressful condition.

    A skilled adoption Counselor or the dedicated volunteer would see how long the dog can handle a meet and greet and supervise the interactions and educate the adopters of proper meet and greet etiquette.

    Even if dog is not the final candidate this would be a great experience for the dog. finally if they like the dog, people can take the dog for a walk.

  • October 07, 2019 at 06:43 PM

    Adopters are allowed to walk the kennels. If they would like to spend time with a certain dog, a volunteer will bring the dog to a meet and greet room where the adopted can spend some time to get to know the dog a little better