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Q: Does your shelter have a behaviorist on staff?

October 28, 2008 | By VKiggins | 18 answers | Expired: 2180 days ago

VKiggins

Who performs your animal evaluations?

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Heather
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Oct 31, 2008

At Butte Humane Society we have one full-time behavior staff who does temperament test evaluations for all dogs before going up for adoption. We also have a kennel staff member who is an independent dog trainer and works with special cases on- and off-site. There is no formal evaluation for cats, as every adoptable feline is placed into our cat colony rooms or the kitten room.

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Scott C.
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Oct 30, 2008

We have a receiving staff who does some medical and behavioral evaluations shortly after intake.

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Jessica  B.
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Oct 29, 2008

We have a very small staff (4 people) and they do all of the animal evaluations and testing. Cats are assessed at check-in and on a daily basis as we feed, clean, etc. for any behavioral or health issues.
The dogs are assessed as well at check-in and then monitored on a daily basis during caring for them. They are allowed to settle in for 3 days and are then given an extensive temperament test regarding body sensitivity, possible food or resource issues, possible issues with other animals/children, and general activity level.

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Sheryl B.
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Oct 29, 2008

I actually do the initial behavioral assessing at our shelter. I do have behavioral training. But, we also have two behaviorists available for the tougher questions etc.

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Sarahk852
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Oct 29, 2008

usually the staff is highly trained in how to find the behavor of a pet. At humane societies there is alot of different test that they put them through to know excatly how they are going to act.

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Chris W.
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Oct 29, 2008

We deal with horses, but we rely on our foster homes to give us accurate information about the animals they are fostering. We don't have a revolving door shelter, most animals are with us for a few months getting healthy before they are adopted out and by then we have a very clear picture of their personalities--while unhealthy and after they have gotten healthy again.

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Debbie
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Oct 29, 2008

Our does

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Paula F.
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Oct 28, 2008

At our facility we have licensed humane investigators and other trained employees who test the animals prior to adoption.

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Elizabeth  M.
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Oct 28, 2008

our staff with the help of ourdog training school

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Jessica T.
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Oct 28, 2008

My staff assists in evaluating our cats, the ones who interview to be residents at our adoption center. But I make the final decision. I am very picky. We do NOT have a behaviorist because I had a very difficult time finding one who dealt with cats. Sadly, I encounter a lot of people having behavior problems for their cats, but I can't refer them anymore. ;(

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