Annalee H. – BASIS Tucson North

Project Abstract

Did you know that there is a total of 2.6 million cats and dogs euthanized each year in shelters, because they cannot get adopted quickly enough? I want to lessen that number significantly, so that those animals can have a better-than-nothing chance at finding their forever home. Pima Paws for Life is a not-for-profit, no-kill organization that shelters up to 35 dogs and cats at any given time; they have one building for dogs and another designated for cats. I strive to help rescue animals overcome common behavioral issues, such as anxiety and possessiveness over food. My goal is to create a method that every shelter can adapt for animals with behavioral issues, so that people can see their true personalities irrespective of the animals' backgrounds. By conducting one-on-one training, and through a series of observational testing, hopefully these animals will overcome their adoption barriers. My method could help shelter animals from any shelter across the nation get adopted more quickly; each one is one fewer animal on death row. Not everyone understands how important it is for these animals to get adopted, so I will conduct my own statistical analysis on which dogs and cats are given the most attention and this will help put into light any bias against specific breeds or characteristics.

Behavioral issues in shelter dogs and statistically analyzing adoption patterns