What is an assessment?
Typically a standard assessment is conducted in stressful, loud-volume and high-traffic environments and is a valuable tool when used correctly to help identify potential behavioral disorders and establish the eligibility of being dog and cat friendly among other environmental factors the dog may encounter once adopted.
Assessments should ideally be conducted after the dog has had a chance to decompress and adjust to the new surroundings. In shelters, there is no chance to decompress because the environment itself is often highly stressful and even fear-inducing.
Performing such an assessment under these conditions yields wildly inaccurate results and oftentimes leads to the animal being euthanized for a misdiagnosed behavioral issue.
All four of these dogs were nearly euthanized for assessments or decisions that were in short, just wrong. We will give them the full two to three weeks they will need to adjust to their foster homes before we attempt an assessment but please know, all animals feel fear and it's a huge injustice to hastily perform a five minute test that has the capability of ending their life.
Fostering saves lives in more ways than one. This is just one example of why fosters are just so darn important and valued.
Without further adobe, please meet:
KENZIE (previously Jade)
PERCY (previously Valentine)
FELISE (previously Nilah)