Leah Will, Wishbone volunteer and animal behavior specialist, conducts the ASPCA SAFER® (Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming) assessment on the dogs that come through the Allegan County Animal Shelter operated by Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance.
SAFER is an aggression assessment designed to assess the probability of future aggression in dogs age six months and older. SAFER uses researched items that elicit responses that are predictive of future behavior. SAFER is intended to be one tool used to help identify the risk of future aggression and the individual behavioral support needed before adoption for each dog in a shelter.
In addition, Leah uses ASPCA’s Meet Your Match (MYM) Canine-ality Adoption Program (MYM), a method for matching shelter dogs, ages six months and older, with adopters. The method makes it possible to know a little about a dog’s behavior before deciding to make him or her a part of your family.
For more information on Leah and her work, visit her website.