ACC places ratings on animals according to the following standards. These are NOT to be taken as gospel! It’s more important to read the comments from the volunteers who actually spend quality time with these dogs and cats as many of these animals are tested during highly stressful times such as at intake.

Initial Medical Behavior Evaluation

The following is a list of color codes and descriptions that ACC uses to classify an animal’s behavior.

GREEN animals were relaxed, easy to handle, and who showed no concerning behavior during the exam.

BLUE animals were tense and nervous but mostly still and relatively easy to handle during the exam.

YELLOW animals were nervous, actively resisted examination, and required the use of restraint equipment or techniques, but did not exhibit aggressive behaviors during the exam.

ORANGE animals required the use of restraint techniques and/or equipment and did exhibited aggressive behaviors during the exam.

 

RED animals exhibited severe aggression and required the use of significant restraint and/or sedation during the exam.