Snapshot of the screening, evaluation, matching and placement process:

  • In-shelter screening - DITR and shelter associates work together to identify a dog that will thrive in the applicant’s household.  An “Ideal Dog Profile” developed by DITR and based on an in-depth questionnaire, home visit, and follow-up interviews with applicants and their families is used to guide this search.
  • In-Home Evaluation (IHE)  - DITR associate fosters dogs for up to 30 days
    • Shelter provides food, monthly preventatives, and medication if needed.
    • Dogs are evaluated, trained, and socialized. 
    • Dogs and shelters are promoted through the use of social media and community-based outings.
  • Matching - Based on the results of the In-Home Evaluation dogs are matched with applicants that can best meet their health and wellness needs.
  • In-home orientation and placement
      • DITR trainer sets dogs and families up for success by:
        • Reviewing individualized plans for supporting health and wellness developed during the dog’s IHE period.
        • Demonstrating commands and routines with the dog.
        • Coaching family members as they learn and practice commands and routines with the dog.
        • Providing detailed reference materials including written plans to support health, wellness, and training specific to their dog.  As an added step to ensure that adoptive families communicate clearly and set fair and reasonable expectations for their dog’s level of knowledge and behaviors from the outset, we include links to a video library of their dog performing commands and routines with the dog’s trainer. 
    •  Applicants submit customary shelter adoption fees.  Some shelters offer special discounts such as a veterans discount to support those we serve.
  • DITR provides weekly check-ins for the first 30 days, including drop in support as needed followed by ongoing follow-up services to support the placement long-term.