Canine Behavioral Adoptability Guidelines
At The Humane Society of Washington County, we have a responsibility to make safe adoption placement decisions for the people and animals we share our community with. All of the dogs we care for are evaluated as individuals. We gather information about each dog from multiple sources (staff, foster placements, previous guardians, volunteers, etc.). While we evaluate each animal on a case-by-case basis, in general, The Humane Society of Washington County will not adopt out dogs who:
• Have a damaging bite history towards children or adults.
• Do not show warning signs before they attempt to bite.
• Have severely injured or killed another dog.
• Cannot be safely handled due to aggressive behaviors.
• Show offensive aggression towards humans (actively decreasing the distance between
themselves and the person they are aggressive towards).
• Stalk children in a predatory manner.
• Show uninterruptible aggression towards other dogs.
• Show poor bite inhibition (degree to which dog moderates tooth contact in the case of a
Bites that are determined to be fluke bites are not considered aggression. Fluke bites are
bites by a dog that occur during uncommon circumstances that are not likely to be
repeated (e.g. while in acute physical pain, while with puppies during lactation, while
under sedation, etc.).
The above guidlines are used by The Humane Society when posting animals for adoption that are either in our care or courtesy posts.