The Meet the Adopters workshop helps those who work in shelters,
rescues, and animal controls to increase animal adoptions and improve
Through this workshop, participants can develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to facilitate adoptions that:
- Emphasize learning, and
- Support the development of quality relationships between adopters and the adoption agency and staff.
If you'd like to work with your staff, board members, and volunteers
to embrace new ways of thinking and new practices to improve adoption
outcomes, we encourage you to download and use these workshop
materials. All files are in PDF format.
Facilitator Guide (.pdf)
20-page guide helps you prepare and deliver the complete workshop. In
addition to lists of supplies, a sample agenda, and other tips for
delivering the workshop, the guide contains detailed facilitator notes
for each of the five workshop tasks.
Complete Participant Materials (.pdf)
document contains the participant handouts for all five workshop tasks,
combined in one document for your convenience. You can also download
individual tasks if you are not planning to present the entire
workshop. (See below.)
Report on Adoption Forum II (.pdf)
report summarizes ideas and strategies for creating the groundwork for
successful adoptions. Participants read and discuss this document as
part of Task 1.
Task 1: Defining Successful Adoptions (.pdf)
does each of us mean by 'successful adoption?' In this task, we
challenge old assumptions and create the space for new ideas about
Task 2: Applying Adult Learning to Adoptions (.pdf)
fundamental principles of adult learning theory can help us engage
adopters and have conversations in which both parties have the
opportunity to exchange vital information.
Task 3: Learning from Mistakes (.pdf)
love of animals has always been a part of our lives. But did we always
make choices that were in their best interests? How did we learn to do
better by our animals?
Task 4: Engaging Adopters with Open Questions (.pdf)
questions engage adopters, invite dialogue, and encourage critical
thinking. Learning to phrase open questions helps turn adoption
"interrogations" into conversations.
Task 5: Transitioning to Learning-Centered Adoptions (.pdf)
What are we doing well, and how can we build on that using what we've learned in the workshop to make it even better?
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