Behavioral Plan to Increase Adoptions at Shelters
The need for behavioral interventions that increase adoption rates are crucial to animal shelters. A recent intervention, based on each dog’s preference for toys in addition to structuring the first interaction between the dog and adopter was successful in increasing adoption rates by 68% in one municipal shelter site. The benefits and feasibility of this Meet-and-Greet intervention were tested using a large-scale randomized and controlled multi-site study. Results from the first of nine shelter in this study showed dogs in the experimental group (structured first interaction between dog and adopter with preferred toys) were 2.49 times more likely to be adopted than dogs in the control group (no structured interactions). The successful multi-site validation of the behavioral plan to increase adoptions at shelters, the SADI intervention, will result in an immediate benefit to shelter dogs, providing a robust behavioral treatment package that can be implemented at various shelters to increase adoption rates and decrease unnecessary euthanasia.
Speaker: Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, PhD, CPDT-KA (Monique Udell, PhD, moderator)
February 21, 2018
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