The purpose of this guide is to outline the elements of an effective adoption program so that each animal sheltering organization can formulate and operate the best adopt- ion program possible for its particular set of circumstances. Adoption programs will, and should, vary from shelter to shelter.
However, all good adoption programs share certain elements:
- A proactive screening process to match animals and people for compatibility
- An evaluation and matching system focused on providing a positive experience for the adopter
- A mindset that places primary emphasis on education