The S.A.P is designed to give shelter dogs a fair shot of adoption. In a world of shelters that have very little resources, lack staff with experience on dog behavior and mental well being. Dogs are not always given the fair chance to show their true potential for adoption. Also some shelters are unsure if a dogs dangerous behavior are sever enough to consider behavioral euthanasia. Social Assessment Program offers a fair shot for each dog to live out their best life. This is a 2 week min program however each dog is assessed as an individual and if we think a dog needs more time they are given just that, All of our programs are set at each dogs pace! Most dogs have just been misunderstood and we have a very high success rate for these dogs in our program in fact all the dogs from our "first class" have been approved for adoption and living loving well socialized adoptive lives.
Each dog is assessed on an individual basis each dog is different!! This is not a one size fits all training program. In fact their is no training in this program at all. Dogs are exposed to different environments and experiences. An in home foster setting allows us to gauge a dogs behavior in a "home" vs a high population kennel environment. Through spending time with them and observing their reactions, personality, likes and dislikes we are able to determine if a dog is appropriate for adoption. We are able to gauge what type of home would be ideal, what structure and training plan or management is needed for the dog to be successfully adopted and stay successfully in the home.
We always hope for the best outcome possible for each dog we asses. How ever some dogs develop very dangerous behaviors, some of which if manageable, are not modifiable. When shelters lack resource or experience we have seen a trend that organizations if not comfortable with euthanasia ship these types of dog off, to some unknown situation, which unfortunately is more often a life doomed to a kennel with very little human or canine interaction . We have seen these types of dogs warehoused, inappropriately bounced around from shelter to shelter, from foster to foster biting being stressed and potentially injuring their care takers. This is not a cycle UCC supports. In order to counteract this trend UCC developed S.A.P to hopefully give dogs a fair shot at life and adopting safe dogs into communities. We want each dog to live out their best life possible safely for them and their adoptive family's, but we understand this is not an option for every dog and choose to make responsible humane decisions for those who are not appropriate for adoption.
**all dogs featured in these photos are graduated S.A.P dogs they are all very good boys. Finn, Roman and Rocco****
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