Some area animal shelters say people have the perception that it's tougher trying to adopt a pet from them than it is to adopt a child. So they're completely changing their adoption process.
The Humane Society of Chittenden County says the old process was extremely intense and people often felt that they were being treated unfairly or judged harshly when trying to adopt.
So now, the shelter uses a simple survey and conversations in an "innocent-until-proven-guilty"style system, which the Humane Society says is making a huge difference.
"Not only do we have more traffic at the shelter now that word has gotten out, our adoptions have been skyrocketing," says Megan Stearns with the Humane Society of Chittenden County. "So we would go from maybe 12 adoptions per week to 20 now. I think last week we had one day when eight animals went home."
The Humane Society's new relaxed rules are part of a trend in which shelters across the country are adopting these easier policies to allow people to become pet owners.
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