Pet Evaluation Matrix

The Pet Evaluation Matrix is used to help shelter staff identify healthy and behaviorally adoptable dogs and cats.

  1. Healthy
  2. Treatable Rehabilitatable
  3. Treatable Manageable
  4. Unhealthy & Untreatable


The term “healthy” means and includes all dogs and cats eight weeks of age or older that, at or subsequent to the time the animal is taken into possession, have manifested no sign of a behavioral or temperamental characteristic that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet, and have manifested no sign of disease, injury or congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the animal or that is likely to adversely affect the animal’s health in the future.