We believe that pets and people belong together; that financial circumstances alone are not reliable indicators of the capacity to love and care for a companion animal.

Every time you adopt a pet from the Pet Central Helps!  you enable us to save the life of another homeless pet in great need, and finding a great companion has never been easier!  This research based program was created by Emily Weiss, Ph.D., in conjunction with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The program is designed to match an adopter’s personality, lifestyle, and energy level to a pet with the same traits. Making this match is the foundation for the human/pet bond to develop, increasing the potential for a successful, permanent placement.


We evaluate each of our adoptable puppies using the Meet Your Match™ Puppy-ality™ program. This program assigns a puppy to one of nine personality categories based on the puppy’s behavior such as: comfort level in a new environment, social responses, interest in play, ease of handling, and tendency to guard food. Each of the categories is color-coded green, orange, or purple.

As an adopter, you fill out a quick survey based on your lifestyle and puppy preference to determine what color-coded Puppy-ality category works best in your home.   

Green: Super Hero
I’m an all-purpose pup ready to commit 110 percent. When there’s a crumb dropped, I’ll be there to pick it up for you. When there’s a hole that needs to be dug, I’ll be there with all four feet. When someone needs a buddy to run miles with, I’ll be there with leash in tow. Commit 110 percent to me, and I’ll be yours forever. (Socially motivated)

Purple: Day Dreamer
Easy-going, relaxed pup seeks laid-back human for mutually low-stress relationship. Must see the bowl as half-full, enjoy leisurely games of fetch followed by a quick snack and two-hour nap, and be willing to explore the joys of relaxing together. (Internally motivated)

Purple: Kindergartner
It’s the first day of school and, boy oh boy, am I nervous! I’m not sure where to sit, when we eat, or even where the bathroom is. All I need is a person I can trust to show me the ropes. Will you be my mentor and show me around? (Socially motivated)


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Orange: Class Clown
Class clown seeks good-humored soul mate ready to let the good times roll. My playful jokes, love of all things chewable, and slapstick comedy will keep you and your friends doubled over laughing for hours. When I hog the spotlight, just let me know the joke’s over and I’ll settle down. (Socially motivated)

Green: King of the Mountain
I’m self-educated with a splash of ambition. As canine royalty, I like to set the rules. Explain a better way though, and I’ll give you due consideration. I’m really looking to share my throne with a hard working, confident, and full-of-pep human. (Internally motivated)

Purple: The Detective
It’s elementary, my dear assistant — let’s unravel the mysteries of the world together. I simply use my trusty nose and my natural taste for details. You simply offer any leads you might have. Together we’ll solve every mystery that comes our way. (Externally motivated)

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Orange: The Rookie
I’m a young self-starter looking for an inspirational coach to take us to the top. I’ve got the whole package — brains, good looks, and loads of raw talent — and I’m ready to use them. Teach me, praise me and I guarantee I’ll make you proud at home, on walks, or competing in the field. (Externally motivated)

Green: Thrill Seeker
WOO-HOO! This is so cool! Have you tried this ride called LIFE yet? It’s got all these great twists and turns and so many neat things to play with like balls, fleece toys, rawhides, socks, pant legs, fingers — and so many neat people to meet — you, your friends, your friends’ friends and the friends of your friends’ friends. Jump on board and we’ll have a blast together! (Externally motivated)

Orange: Bashful Tourist
So this is my first time on my own and, jeez, did you know the world is a really big and kind of scary place (especially when you don’t speak the language)? With the right translator, I know I can learn my way around. Until I get familiar with the place, let me stay right by your side — or maybe just a little behind you. (Internally motivated)

  • Green adopters are most successful with pups who like to be physically and mentally engaged.
  • Orange adopters are a good fit with middle-of-the-road pups that are responsive and enjoy regular activity and interaction.
  • Purple adopters are comfortable with pups that have a laidback attitude and prefer an easygoing lifestyle.

As an adopter, you also get a color based on your preference and lifestyle when you complete the fun survey, it takes less than 5 minutes. This helps us gauge your expectations in a pet and determine what type of pet would be best suited to your home.  You don’t have to choose a pooch whose color matches yours—love at first sight does happen. But knowing the color lets you at least prepare for the way your four-legged love will respond when he gets home.