All the dogs get ID cards and banners in their kennels that announce their house.
It’s really, really adorable.
The shelter even has even have a test on its website so you can see which house your dog is in.
They hope the system will help get more dogs adopted.
The shelter said “The idea for Pawgwarts came about from the need for people to see our dogs, based on their behavior and personality, rather than appearance. With 1,800 dogs surrendered based on breed-related restrictions, we want to transform the way people view a dog, when thinking about adoption.”
There can be a lot of bias around breeds.
By sorting the dogs according to their traits and not their breeds, the shelter hopes it will help potential adopters see all the dogs for who they are, rather than being judged by their breed. Some breeds, like pitbulls and other “bully breeds,” tend to have a tougher time getting adopted, even if they’re great dogs.
The shelter doesn't sort the cats.
The shelter also has cats, but they decided against trying to sort them since they didn’t seem particularly enthusiastic about the process — and all cats are Slytherins. (OK, they didn’t say that last part, but it’s true).
The program has been very successful.
According to the shelter, adoptions are up 15 percent since the program began in October. Looks like Sirius Black isn’t the only dog to have graduated from Hogwarts! Yay dogs!