Webinar Description

Many shelters and rehoming organizations use screening tools with potential adopters and include behavior evaluations of their dogs. The intended outcome of both procedures is to increase successful matches and adoptions. Although organizations often invest considerable resources in screening, not all such practices are based upon scientific evidence. An awareness of the evidence that is currently available regarding screening tools is integral to increasing successful placements, supporting the welfare of adopted dogs, and efficiently distributing available shelter resources. This timely webinar reviews current pre-adoption dog and adopter screening practices and examines those components that have been shown to be beneficial to rehoming success through scientific research. Practical tips regarding how organizations can amend their dog adoption processes to increase success will be discussed. Questions and discussion are encouraged.

Listen, Learn, and Discuss

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  • A pre-recorded, listen on-demand webinar for shelter/rescue professionals, volunteers, trainers, and dog owners that also provides opportunities for questions and discussion!

  • Learn about frequently used adopter screening tools and dog behavior assessment practices of many shelters and rehoming organizations.

  • Understand which components of these assessments are validated by current scientific research - and how these components can be used to improve successful dog adoptions!

Webinar Topics

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    • Tips and Guidelines

    • Using the Video Player

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    Webinar: Pre-Adoption Assessments

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    Webinar Completion

    • Congratulations!

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Karen Griffin

Dr. Karen Griffin is a research scientist in the field of shelter dogs and dog rehoming. She earned her doctorate in animal sciences at the University of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, England. The scope of her research experience and interest within this field includes how a dog fits into a home environment, what qualifies a successful dog placement, and how to improve the likelihood that a placement will be successful. Her research is based in both Europe and the United States, and she is focused on the practical and real-world applications of its findings. With a background in the social sciences, Dr. Griffin employs an interdisciplinary approach to her research. At Utrecht University in the Netherlands, she is currently investigating dogs’ quality of life pre- and post-adoption, with the goal of ensuring dogs’ good welfare in both cases, as well as improving the efficiency and usefulness of organizations’ rehoming policies and procedures. Dr. Griffin also founded a non-profit organization, The Dog Rehoming Project (www.thedogrehomingproject.org), which has the mission of bridging the gap between research and the people who need it, to put science behind dog sheltering and dog rehoming.

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