The Portland, Maine Animal Refuge League (ARL) employs the ASPCA's
innovative adoption program, Meet Your Match® to facilitate more
appropriate animal/guardian matches based on dog, puppy, and cat
assessments and surveys of adopters' expectations and preferences.
"By design, this program fosters a better relationship between the
shelter and its community. The public appreciates and understands the
shelter's user-friendly efforts to find them the best companion
What it Takes
- A program for behavior/aggression assessment.
- Staff enthusiasm and training.
- Staff time to conduct assessments.
- Space for an assessment and get acquainted room.
- Ongoing evaluation.
What We Like
Despite reservations about a new adoptions approach, as well as the
time and staff constraints familiar to any shelter, the ARL team
decided to go for it! They believed the Meet Your Match program would
help them place more dogs into homes where the energy level, manners,
and lifestyle are a great fit for both pets and people. They were right.
Step by Step
- Download the complete profile (.pdf)
- Assess for yourself whether this program is right for your agency.
- Use the profile to create and implement a plan for your agency.
- Tell us how it goes.