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.
GREEN– Dogs 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.
YELLOW– Similar to dogs in the GREEN category, dogs in the YELLOW category are generally confident, outgoing, and sociable with dogs and people. They might be silly or serious, energetic or laid-back, independent, or a follow you everywhere dog. A little training will go a long way for these dogs. Dogs in the YELLOW category are good for adopters that understand that, although they may not be perfectly trained, the dog still can be the perfect dog for them.
ORANGE– Dogs in the ORANGE category are commonly timid at first, but don’t let that fool you! A new home and an adopter that is committed to helping them build confidence is sure to bring them out of their shell. Once they are comfortable, dogs in the ORANGE category most likely will be energetic and will benefit from learning basic manners and how to manage their enthusiasm for life! Having another confident dog in the home may help them get acquainted with their new people and surroundings more quickly.
PURPLE– Dogs in the PURPLE category are cautious and very shy, yet sweet and waiting to steal your heart. An ideal adopter has a calm household, boundless patience, a gentle approach, and believes that slow and steady wins the race. Dogs in the PURPLE category need confidence-building to help them live their best lives! Having another confident dog in the home may be necessary to help them get acquainted with their new people and surroundings.
BLUE– Dogs in the BLUE category have great potential and have a lot to offer their new families. Typically, BLUE dogs are wonderful companions, but need training to help overcome fears or frustrations that can make certain situations stressful for them. An ideal adopter is someone that enjoys a challenge and is willing to put in the time, love and training needed for them to manage stressful situations and truly enjoy everything life has to offer! Adopters of BLUE dogs will be provided with the tools and post-adoption support they need to continue the amazing training our staff and volunteers have already started.
GREEN– Cats 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.
PURPLE– Cats 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.
GREEN– Rabbits 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.
ORANGE– Rabbits 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.