About Meet Your Match®

You could be gazing at the animal of your dreams, but you just can’t tell what she’s thinking behind that furry face. What if you knew a little something about her personality and habits before you moved in together? The ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program wouldn’t let you go home without knowing who’s in that carrier or on that leash. MYM is the only method in existence today that evaluates an animal’s behavior and interests and matches them to an adopter’s preferences so that you take home a pet you can really click with.

Canine-ality™ and Puppy-ality™

The Meet Your Match Canine-ality/Puppy-ality assessment begins with an initial MYM SAFER® (Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming) behavior screening to make sure each pooch is a good candidate for adoption. Dogs are then tested on their friendliness, playfulness, energy level, motivation and drive, and placed into one of nine color-coded Canine- or Puppy-alities. Some pooches are laid-back “Couch Potatoes,” others are curious “Busy Bees,” and then there are the action hero “Go-Getter” types.

As an adopter, you also get a color based on your preferences and lifestyle. On your visit to the adoption facility, you’re given a purple, orange or green guest pass to match the pets who might suit you best. You don’t always have to go with your own color, but at least you’ll know who you’re mixing with!

Canine-ality 101
Just the facts on finding your perfect dog.

Meet the Canine-alities
Who's your favorite color?

Puppy-ality 101
Just the facts on finding your perfect puppy.

Meet the Puppy-alities
Who's your favorite color?


Each adoptable cat is assessed based on level of interest in play, exploring, “talking,” and being the center of attention so that he or she can be placed into one of the nine color-coded “feline-ality” types that make up the Meet Your Match program. Green cats are savvy and adventurous, orange cats make the perfect companions and purple kitties are quiet, seek affection and stay out of trouble. The color is indicated on the cat’s kennel card, along with a short description, so you’ll know just who you’re dealing with in your quest for your dream kitty.

Feline-ality 101
Just the facts on finding your perfect cat.

Meet the Feline-alities
Who's your favorite color?

What Adopters Are Saying About Meet Your Match

“This was the first time I have ever gotten a cat who matched my personality.”

“I wanted a friendly and affectionate pet who liked to cuddle, and she is all that and so much more. I just adore her!”

“The program helped me decide who was right for me. … [My cat] behaves exactly as they said she would.”

“I liked that there was a process that matched your personality to the animal's personality. Got just the cat we were wanting.”