Meet Your Match

You are a person, and you have a personality…and…

Dogs are canines, with “CANINE-ALITIES!”

Which Canine-ality fits your life style best?

THE MEET YOUR MATCH CANINE-ALITY ADOPTION PROGRAM was created by Emily Weiss, Ph.D., in conjunction with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

The Meet Your Match™ Canine-ality Adoption Program helps you find the dog that’s right for you and your personality.

All of our dogs are tested to determine his or her canine-ality characteristics including friendliness, playfulness, energy level, motivation and drive.

Each dog is then placed into one of three color-coded categories: easy maintenance (purple), average maintenance (orange) and high maintenance (green). Within each color category are three descriptions to help you better understand the dog’s canine-ality.

When you arrive at Lewis Clark Animal Shelter, you’ll be asked to fill out a Dog Adopter Survey. This one-page survey gathers information about your expectations of dog ownership and helps us determine the canine-ality that best suits your lifestyle. Based on the results of the survey, you’ll receive a color-coded Guest Pass to help guide you to dogs that best meet your expectations and lifestyle. For example, if your pass is green, look for dogs with a green cage card.

It is a multi-faceted approach designed to increase the likelihood that shelter dogs, six months of age and over, will be accepted into their new homes as welcomed members of the family.

Matching the “Canine-ality” of the dogs in our shelter with the “Person-ality” of the adopter(s) lays the foundation for the human/canine bond to develop, increasing the potential for a successful, permanent placement.

The Canine-ality Assessment goes beyond behavior or aggression evaluations by providing you with information about the individual needs of each dog. It consists of five tests administered to the dog to determine his general Canine-ality, including friendliness, playfulness, energy level and motivation or drive.

Here’s a look at the color-coded categories of Meet Your Match™:

PURPLE: Couch Potato, Constant Companion, or Teacher’s Pet

ORANGE: Busy Bee, WallFlower, or Goofball

GREEN: Free Spirit, Go-Getter, or Life of the Party

The three descriptions are used to describe the dog’s canine-ality in terms the adopter can relate to. These color-coded descriptions are used for the dog’s kennel card, and to help guide you through the available dogs on our website to help you Meet Your Match!


Couch Potato
Like the easy life? Then I’m the perfect match for you. I’m a relaxed, laid-back kind of dog who enjoys long naps, watching movies, curling up on laps, and walking very short distances from the couch to the food bowl and back. (Internally motivated)

Constant Companion
Looking for an emotionally secure, mutually satisfying, low maintenance relationship? I am all you need. Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever. (Socially motivated)

Teacher’s Pet
I’ve got the whole package — smart, fuzzy, four legs, love to learn and live to please. Go ahead, teach me anything. Sit, stay, balance your checkbook, I can do it all. Keep me entertained and I’ll be yours forever. (Externally motivated)

Busy Bee
I’m a naturally playful, curious, and trusting canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me something to do. After my job’s done, I’ll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. (Externally motivated)

Shy yet charming canine searching for patient owner with relaxed lifestyle. Looking for gentle guidance to help me come out of my shell. Treat me sweet and kind and I’ll blossom. (Internally motivated)

I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a great sense of humor and some time to spend with me. I’m a dog on a mission to please you. (Socially motivated)

Life of the Party
I think everything is fun, interesting and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes, and the fun is guaranteed. (Socially motivated)

Want to get more exercise? Action is my middle name. My “Let’s GO!” lifestyle will keep you motivated to get outside and move. I’ve got tons of energy; and just like the sun, I’m burning and working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’ll run for miles, chase a ball for hours, and still want to play at the end of the day. (Externally motivated)

Free Spirit
Intelligent, independent, confident and clever, I prefer making my own decisions but will listen to you if you make a good case. We’re partners in this adventure. Treat me like one and we’ll both live happily ever after. (Internally motivated)