Animal Adoptability the Key to Solving Pet Overpopulation at Shelters?

Lead volunteer Stephanie Martin, in charge of training new volunteers at the Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center, held a meeting with people who were interested in volunteering for the shelter last Tuesday on making the animals in the shelter more “adoptable.”

Martin said by making the animals more adoptable would help reduce pet overpopulation at the shelter, which is one of the goals of the control and adoption center. To determine the adoptability of an animal, the shelter uses an assessment sheet to evaluate an animal’s behavior towards people and other animals.

For dogs, the categories of the test would include a cage behavior assessment, responsiveness, handling, food aggression and behavior with other animals, in which the staff of the shelter would then score each one of those categories on a one to five scale. A score of one signifies bad behavior while a score of five signifies good behavior. The dogs must score above a three on all the categories in order to be considered ready for adoption.

The Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center will bring in trained professionals to train and discipline animals who are not quite ready for adoption. One of the professionals that comes in and helps is Margaret Blair, owner and certified dog trainer of Twin Cedar K9.

“The Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center has over 80 volunteers as of now,” said Lynda Laolagi, one of the new volunteers in attendance.

Martin added that the shelter can take all of the help they can get as the federal funding budget for the shelter is not enough to keep up with the treatments and necessities for the animals.

“We rely heavily on fundraising, especially for the treatments and shots for diseases such as Heart Worm,” Martin said.

Fundraising events such as the Sutter Creek Crafts Fair, the Shelter Open House and a Go Fund Me page are held each year and makes up the majority of the shelter’s resources to provide care and the necessary needs for the animals.

Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center works with a multitude of animals including cats, horses, pigs and roosters, but the majority of the shelter consists of dogs. Through their partnership with the A-Pal Humane Society, several low cost spay/neuter programs are available to members of the Amador County community.

Other information on the shelter concerning adoption fees, animal bites, animal licenses, lost animal reports and stray animal reports can be located at the following link:





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