Saving Lives

How Feline-ality Was Developed

The research and development that led to Meet Your Match® Feline-ality™ was conducted by Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB. Dr. Weiss is currently Vice President of Shelter Research and Development for the ASPCA.

Before the Feline-ality research, little research had been done on feline behavior assessment tools and their validity. The ASPCA and Dr. Weiss surveyed many shelters across the country regarding behavior assessments they were currently using for their cats. None of the facilities had conducted formal research, but several had assessments they felt were helpful in deciding adoptability or future behavior.

The ASPCA and Dr. Weiss designed and implemented a research project that investigated several of these items, working with five agencies in the U.S. and Canada:

  • Animal Refuge League, Westbrook, ME
  • Animal Welfare Association, Voorhees, NJ
  • Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder, CO
  • Kansas Humane Society, Wichita, KS