Animal Color Categories

Animals are assigned to color categories using any previous owner notes, general handling, as well as staff and volunteer observations.

As we continue to get to know them and gather further insights into their personalities, colors may be adjusted accordingly.

DOGS:

GREENDogs in the GREEN category are usually good for first-time dog owners. Dogs in the GREEN category are typically social with dogs and people, including kids, and they may even know some basic commands.

YELLOWDogs in the YELLOW category are generally confident and outgoing, social with dogs and people. They will need a little more guidance than dogs in the GREEN category to become upstanding canine citizens. Dogs in the YELLOW category are typically good for adopters who previously had a dog and are looking forward to developing their own positive training skills.

ORANGEDogs in the ORANGE category are commonly timid and will need some confidence building at first. Once dogs in the ORANGE category are comfortable, they will most likely be energetic and needing similar guidance to dogs that are in the YELLOW category. Dogs in the ORANGE category sometimes benefit from another confident canine in the home.

PURPLEDogs in the PURPLE category are very shy and will need equally patient adopters that have experience in confidence-building. Dogs in the PURPLE category may also benefit from having another confident canine in the home.

BLUEDogs in the BLUE category will need experienced adopters. Ideally, adopters of dogs in the BLUE category will be knowledgeable in the area(s) the dog will be challenging; therefore, adopters should be willing to participate in a training plan to further the work staff and volunteers already have started.


CATS:

GREENCats in the GREEN category are usually good for first-time cat owners. Cats in the GREEN category are typically social with cats and people, including kids.

YELLOW– Cats in the YELLOW category are generally confident and outgoing, social with people. They may need a little more intentional activity and exercise than those in the green category. Cats in the YELLOW category are typically good for adopters who previously had a cat and are looking forward to developing their own skills.

ORANGE– Cats in the ORANGE category have the potential to be timid or nervous when first settling in. They would be best for adopters who previously had a cat and are willing to give a cat time and space to gain confidence. Usually, cats in this category take less time to become comfortable than those in the purple category.

PURPLECats in the PURPLE category are very shy and will need equally patient adopters that have experience in confidence-building. Cats in the PURPLE category may also benefit from having another confident feline in the home.

BLUE– Cats in the BLUE category will need experienced adopters. Ideally, adopters of cats in the BLUE category will be knowledgeable in the area(s) the cat will be challenging; therefore, adopters should be willing to participate in a training plan to further the work RCHS staff and volunteers already have started.


RABBITS:

GREENRabbits in the GREEN category are usually good for first-time rabbit owners. Rabbits in the GREEN category are typically social with people, including kids.

YELLOW Rabbits in the YELLOW category are generally confident and outgoing, social with people. Rabbits in the YELLOW category are typically good for adopters who previously had a rabbit and are interested in learning more about rabbit communication and behavior.

ORANGERabbits in the ORANGE category may be more particular about handling and will do best in a home that is familiar with rabbit communication and behavior. Rabbits in the ORANGE category are typically good for adopters who previously had a rabbit and currently have a quiet home environment.