Saving Lives

SAFER Aggression Assessment

ASPCA SAFER®  is an aggression assessment designed to assess the probability of future aggression in dogs age six months and older. SAFER uses researched items that elicit responses that are predictive of future behavior. SAFER is intended to be one tool used to help identify the risk of future aggression and the individual behavioral support needed before adoption for each dog in a shelter.

Why Use an Aggression Assessment?
Shelters that employ SAFER report fewer aggression complaints, more adoptions, and better client interactions. Sound good? There's more.

The Seven Assessment Items
This carefully planned sequence of assessment items builds from least invasive and stimulating to most invasive and arousing.

Behavior Modification
You've assessed the dog with SAFER, and identified some behavior issues. Where do you go from here?