Adopters…they may not all be as "perfect" as you'd like, but they've come to your shelter to do a good thing! We believe that by keeping the experience positive and eliminating barriers to adoption, you'll have greater success at making good pet-parent matches.
Proven to Work: Open Adoptions Programs
Success Story: The ASPCA's Meet Your Match
The Animal Refuge League in Portland, ME, started out cautiously curious about this program, but soon became enthusiastic "early adopters."
In Adopters We Trust
Oregon Humane Society's adoption process creates a positive experience for all involved.
Learn How Now: Improving the Adopter's Experience
Eliminating barriers to adoption was the simple and substantial goal of the Wisconsin Humane Society.
They Tried It: Intake Appointments
The Oregon Humane Society discovered that requiring appointments for admissions benefits animals, people and shelter operations.
Learn How Now: Talking with Adopters
Watch This: Communications Tips
Our video offers ideas to help you put your adopters at ease and establish rapport.
Download This: Meet the Adopters Workshop
Materials that embrace new ways of thinking about adoption and improve adoption outcomes.
Success Story: Humane Society of Boulder Valley
Friendly, collaborative conversations with potential adopters help this Colorado agency facilitate strong people/pet matches.
Helping Animals Really Means Helping People
Creating "a culture of understanding and respect" for adopters, staff, and volunteers is critical to the success of the open adoption program at the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.
You've Got: What Adopters Need to Succeed
For Animal Lovers: Where Pet Store Pets Come From (.pdf)
This flyer explains the link between pet store pets and breeding mills, and it encourages pet owners to go elsewhere -- for pets and pet supplies.
For Your Adoption Packets: Information for Dog Adopters
Engaging articles that cover the most common canine behavior concerns..
For Your Adoption Packets: Handouts for New Cat Parents
Fun-to-read articles that'll help your adopters understand the sophisticated thinking of their new companions.
Bookmark This: Virtual Pet Behaviorist
The ASPCA's interactive online database is a one-stop shop for solutions to common behavior problems in dogs, cats and horses.