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Pet Evaluation Matrix 

A Pet Evaluation Matrix (PEM) is a list of specific, commonly seen medical and behavioral conditions that may occur in individual sheltered animals. A PEM categorizes the conditions as healthy, treatable-rehabilitatable, treatable-manageable or unhealthy & untreatable using Asilomar Accords definitions based on the standard of care an individual pet owner in that community would provide their pet. Many benefits come from creating a PEM:

  • A PEM serves as a report card, allowing the shelter to compare its level of lifesaving to that of pet guardians in the community.  Shelters should strive to set an example by meeting - and exceeding - the standard of care provided by pet owners in the community.
  • Provides more confidence to community stakeholders, enabling everyone to have a better understanding of their shelter/community's lifesaving progress and compare it to others.
  • Allows the shelter to get a better handle on the health and behavior of its population, thereby enabling it to better determine the resources it will need to provide for their care.

Read on for more information on PEM, how to create one, and what people who have one are saying!

A Model Pet Evaluation Matrix

April 2011
Use the Pet Evaluation Matrix provided here for your organization or community.  Read More

Creating Dane County’s Pet Evaluation Matrix: A Step by Step Guide

2009
The Dane County, Wisconsin animal welfare coalition put together a user friendly guide to help other communities create a Pet Evaluation Matrix.  Read More

The Benefits of a Pet Evaluation Matrix: Three Perspectives

2009
Directors from shelters and coalitions in Oregon, Virginia and Pennsylvania describe what they see as benefits of having a matrix.  Read More