Recently, the sheltering community has begun to reevaluate its adoption policies and the attitudes that shelter workers have towards adopters. Some shelters are now implementing what have been termed "open" adoptions as a way of increasing the number of animals adopted into good homes, moving away from more "traditional," protective approaches. Based on in-depth interviews with, and observation of, the staff at two such shelters, this study examines how the adoption process is a negotiated order; namely, that workers in concert with each other and potential adopters figure out on a case-by-case basis how to interpret and implement formal adoption policies. Workers at both shelters similarly sorted potential adopters into various categories but relied on different strategies for influencing the outcome of the adoption process.
|Author Address||Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Animals and Public Policy, North Grafton, Massachusetts, USA.firstname.lastname@example.org|
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