ASPCA's Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB conducted the research and development that led to Meet Your Match® Feline-ality™. Dr. Weiss is currently ASPCA Senior Director of Shelter Research and Development.
Before the Feline-ality research, little research had been done on feline behavior assessment tools and their validity. The ASPCA and Dr. Weiss surveyed many shelters across the country regarding behavior assessments they were currently using for their cats. None of the facilities had conducted formal research, but several had assessments they felt were helpful in deciding adoptability or future behavior.
The ASPCA and Dr. Weiss designed and implemented a research project that investigated several of these items, working with five agencies in the U.S. and Canada:
Learn more about the three-phased research and development process that culminated in the development of the Meet your Match Feline-ality Adoption program.
Articles, Presentations and Interview with Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB
New Research Helps Adopters Meet Their Feline Soul Mates(.pdf)
Meet Your Match Saves Lives
Finding the Perfect Match to Increase Adoptions in Your Shelter (Feline Forum Presentation)