Meet Your Match®

Animal Humane uses the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match® (MYM) program designed to increase the likelihood of matching shelter dogs (six months and older) with the ideal adopters. Animal Humane profiles each dog in our care, categorizing energy levels, learning styles, play preferences and other attributes. This valuable program helps you find a canine companion that best fits your lifestyle. This initial compatibility between dog and adopter lays the foundation for a successful long-term relationship with this new member of your family.

Our Meet Your Match® program has two components:

Our Dog Adopter Survey: Adopters will be asked to complete a brief, one-page survey upon arriving at one of our three adoption centers. According to the preferences noted in your survey, adopters will be assigned a color (green: high energy, orange: mid-level energy or purple: low energy) that matches a Canine-ality category. Adopters are encouraged to meet dogs with their same color given that these pets have similar “personality traits” to their prospective owners. Adopters may adopt outside “their color;” however, our Canine-ality Assessment has a high success rate for finding the perfect matches between canines and humans.

Our Canine-ality Assessment: The assessment evaluates a dog’s friendliness, sociability, playfulness, energy level, ability to focus, motivation and manners. Adoptable canines are given a color and description that identifies their personalities. Some are laid-back purple "couch potatoes," others are curious orange "busy bees," and some are action hero green "go-getter" types.  

Source: ASPCA 2013

Couch Potato

Like the easy life? I’m a relaxed, laid-back kind of dog who enjoys long naps, watching movies, curling up on laps, and walking very short distances from the couch to the food bowl and back. (Internally motivated) 

Constant Companion

Looking for an emotionally secure, mutually satisfying, low maintenance relationship? I am all you need. Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever. (Socially motivated)

Teacher's Pet

I’ve got itall — smart, fuzzy, four legs, love to learn and live to please. Go ahead, teach me anything. Sit, stay, balance your checkbook, I can do it all. Keep me entertained and I’ll be yours forever. (Externally motivated)

Wallflower

Shy yet charming canine searching for patient owner with relaxed lifestyle. Looking for gentle guidance to help me come out of my shell. Treat me sweet and kind and I’ll blossom. (Internally motivated) 

Busy Bee

I’m a naturally playful, curious, and trusting canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me something to do. After my job’s done, I’ll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. (Externally motivated)

Goofball

I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a sense of humor and time to spend with me. I’m on a mission to please you. (Socially motivated)

Life of the Party

I think everything is fun, interesting and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes, and the fun is guaranteed. (Socially motivated)

Go Getter

Want to get more exercise? My “Let’s GO!” lifestyle will keep you motivated to get outside and move. I’ve got tons of energy; and just like the sun, I’m burning and working 24 hours a day. I’ll run for miles, chase a ball for hours, and still want to play at the end of the day. (Externally motivated)

Free Spirit

Intelligent, independent, confident and clever, I prefer making my own decisions but will listen to you if you make a good case. We’re partners in this adventure. Treat me like one and we’ll both live happily ever after. (Internally motivated)