CT Humane Intake Behavioral Assessment



The Connecticut Humane Society has been working with the community for over 130 years to help place homeless pets with new families. CHS is a limited admittance organization that assists pets who can withstand a shelter environment and can either be placed immediately or after going through appropriate medical and behavioral rehabilitation.  In those cases where we may not be able to accept a pet for adoption, we will enlist the assistance of our behavior department to provide the pet owner with alternatives.

The Assessment
When a pet owner arrives, CHS will conduct an intake behavior assessment for the dog or cat being presented.  The pet will be rated between A and F on the criteria listed below.  Pets receiving a D or F will not be admitted as they cannot be placed through a traditional shelter environment.  They are better served by non-shelter based private rescue organizations specializing in pets with behavioral issues. 

Cats are assessed on the following points:

  • Social interaction
  • Body language
  • Stress level
  • Intake history ( the pet personality profile filled out by the client) – behavior towards dogs, other cats, other companion animals, and children and medical history
  • Litter box habits

For cats, D or F scores reflect aggression, feral behavior, a history of attacking or a predisposition to attacking, litter box avoidance, and aggressive reactivity to handling/touching.

Dogs are assessed on the following points:

  • Social interaction
  • Body language
  • Stress level
  • Training potential
  • Intake history (the pet personality profile filled out by the client) – behavior towards dogs, other cats, other companion animals, and children and medical history
  • Separation anxiety
  • Food bowl aggression
  • Resource guarding

For dogs, D or F scores reflect aggression, lunging/growling/snapping behavior, an inability to get the dog’s attention, a history of attacking or a predisposition to attacking, leaving food bowl/resources to bite, and extreme anxiety with the potential to lead to harm of self.

CT Humane Intake Behavioral Assessment

Connecticut Humane Society

701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111
800-452-0114 | FAX 860-665-1478   info@cthumane.org 
The Connecticut Humane Society is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization. EIN: 06-0667605
Copyright 2013 Connecticut Humane Society

Copyright 2013 Connecticut Humane Society