Adopt a Furry Friend: Jax

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Meet 8News’ furry friend of the week named Jax.

This handsome boy is one and a half years old and looking for a home.

Jax is a part of the Meet Your Match (MYM) dog adoption program. The Richmond SPCA has used the MYM program since 2008.

Tabitha Treloar with the Richmond SPCA says the program is a great tool to help them gather information about the “Canine-ality” of dogs in their care in order to pair adopters with companions who will be well-suited for their own characteristics and lifestyles.

Here’s how Jax is described by MYM:

I think everything is fun, interesting and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes, and the fun is guaranteed.”


For dogs, the MYM assessment evaluates how they do when left alone, interest in toys, prior knowledge of commands, and overall energy and manners.

The survey for adopters asks about prior experience with dogs, other people and animals in the home, desire for a playful or a laid back dog, interest in canine sports, and other criteria. Survey results give a color-coded MYM category (purple, orange or green) that corresponds with the Canine-ality categories assigned to the dogs. Take the adopter survey online here.

Whether the adopter falls in love with a pet in his or her own color category or another, the information in both the dog assessment and adopter survey help the adoption counselors provide guidance to help set expectations as the family and dog adjust to one another at home.

During Jax’s evaluation, the Richmond SPCA saw that he gives very enthusiastic greetings, including hugs; he doesn’t seem to have been crate trained before; toys are less interesting to him than people; and he quickly picks up on “sit” or perhaps knew it already. He has also been neutered.

Jax was transferred into the care of the Richmond SPCA from Cumberland County Animal Control in early October.

Treloar said the MYM assessment helped them learn much more about Jax that they can share with potential adopters.

Let’s help find Jax a permanent home! Visit him at the Richmond SPCA on Hermitage Road.

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