Shelter Decides to Do Away with Breed Info as a Way to Promote Adoption

Does knowing this dog’s breed affect your decision to adopt?
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A dog shelter in Arizona is taking a novel approach to dog breeds, as a way to break down barriers that may be in the way of adoption. The Arizona Animal Welfare League will no longer identify the dogs up for adoption by breed. Their decision is based, in part of a recent study from Arizona State University.

The study, “What’s in a Name? Effect of Breed Perceptions & Labeling on Attractiveness, Adoptions & Length of Stay for Pit-Bull-Type Dogs,” by Lisa Gunter and colleagues, showed that breed labels led to premature judgments made by potential adopters of shelter dogs.

Instead of breed info, the shelter will instead focus on things like temperament, personality, and the dog’s life history.

What do you think?

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2 thoughts on “Shelter Decides to Do Away with Breed Info as a Way to Promote Adoption”

  1. It worth a try though not sure how effective it will be.Maybe a personality & background evaluation will sink in before breed bias kicks in.

  2. I think it is a good idea. These dogs deserve a chance at a happy life being part of a family. If it gets more dogs adopted then others should follow

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