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All dogs are individuals who deserve a chance to shine. As animal welfare professionals, it is important to view every dog as an individual and communicate this message to the public by removing policies influenced by stereotypes or fear. Rather than relying on ineffective blanket policies and restrictions, learn how to create successful adoptions that recognize that all dogs and adopters are individuals. Increase adoptions and send more dogs home with the help of our resources for shelters and rescues.
Learn how to make good matches between shelter dogs and families with children.
Learn the answers to common myths and stereotypes in FAQS: Myth Busting
For help talking to adopters about everyday concerns, check out our FAQS from Families about “Pit Bull” Dogs and find our answers to the most commonly asked questions from adopters and dog owners about living with a “pit bull” dog.
All dogs deserve a fair evaluation, including victims of cruelty. Read “Changing Policies to Give More Dogs a Second Chance: A New Day for Fight Bust Dogs” from HSUS to learn more.
Which factors influence why adopters select certain pets? See the study "Why Did You Choose this Pet?" for details. Learn how to use what motivates adopters to send more dogs home.