Looking to adopt a dog? Here’s how to meet your perfect match!
The Monmouth County SPCA uses the ASPCA Meet Your Match program to help match dogs with the families that are perfect for them. Dogs are assessed based on personality in order to give potential adopters an idea of how they will behave in a home environment. Based on the assessment, their specific personality—or “canine-ality”—is identified. It’s a dating service for pets and people! Watch a Meet-Your-Match video from the ASPCA to learn more.
To find out which canine-ality is right for you, print out and complete the Adopter Survey for Dogs and bring it with you when you visit the Homeward Bound Adoption Center. An MCSPCA Adoption Counselor will help you determine which color-coded category is right for you:
Purple adopters (M) are comfortable with canines who have a laidback attitude and prefer an easygoing lifestyle.
Orange adopters (L) are a good fit with middle-of-the-road dogs who are responsive and enjoy regular activity and interaction.
Green adopters (K) are most successful with pooches who like to be physically and mentally engaged.
Please visit the MCSPCA to meet in person the dog that’s just right for you!
The color-coded categories (purple, orange, and green) represent the dog’s level of persistence in pursuing something that he or she wants.
Couch Potato: Like the easy life? Then I’m the perfect match for you. I’m a relaxed, laid back kind of dog who enjoys long naps, watching movies, curling up on laps and walking very short distances from the couch to the food bowl and back. (Internally motivated)
Constant Companion: Looking for an emotionally secure, mutually satisfying, low maintenance relationship? I’m all you need. Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side and I’ll be your devoted companion forever. (Socially motivated)
Teacher’s Pet: I’ve got the whole package-smart, fuzzy, four legs, love to learn and live to please. Go ahead, teach me anything. Sit, stay, balance your checkbook, I can do it all. Keep me entertained and I’ll be yours forever. (Externally motivated)
Wallflower: Shy yet charming canine searching for patient owner with relaxed lifestyle. Looking for gentle guidance to help me come out of my shell. Treat me sweet and kind and I’ll blossom. (Internally motivated)
Goofball: I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a great sense of humor and a bunch of tennis balls. (Socially motivated)
Busy Bee: I’m a naturally playful, curious and trusting canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me something to do. After my job’s done, I’ll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. I’m a dog on a mission to please you and myself. (Externally motivated)
Free Spirit: Intelligent, independent, confident and clever, I prefer making my own decisions but will listen to you if you make a good case. We’re partners in this adventure. Treat me like one and we’ll both live happily ever after. (Internally motivated)
Life of the Party: I think everything is fun, interesting and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes and the fun is guaranteed. (Socially motivated)
Go Getter: Want to get more exercise? Action is my middle name. My “Let’s GO!” lifestyle will keep you motivated to get outside and move. I’ve got tons of energy and, just like the sun, I’m burning and working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’ll run for miles, chase a ball for hours and still want to play at the end of the day. (Externally motivated)