What are the objectives of GAV? +

To raise awareness of the potential benefits of providing animal communication to animals in care and to the organizations (shelters, rescue and sanctuaries) that provide the care; to raise funding to make animal communication widely available to those organizations; and to motivate further research.

What are the specific objectives of Pilot 3? +

To collect and share data relating to the value of providing animal communication 1) as a source of information that is useful to shelters, rescues and sanctuaries in making decisions about care for individual animals AND 2) as a practice that can improve the animals well-being by contributing to multiple enrichment goals.

How many animals, organizations and communicators will participate in Pilot 3? +

Pilot 3 focuses exclusively on dogs and will provide animal communication to a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 30 dogs. Approximately 10 participating organizations (a mix of shelters, rescues and sanctuaries) will request communication for 2-3 dogs, and approximately 10 participating communicators will communicate with 2-3 dogs.

Who are the direct beneficiaries of Pilot 3? +

By providing animal communication to organizations, Pilot 3 directly benefits the dogs, the organizations and its staff, volunteers and fosters, and potential adopters.

What are the potential benefits to the dogs? +

Improvement in their general well-being while in care as evidenced by reduction in behavioral indicators of stress; improved emotional and behavioral health; increased sociability; reduced euthanasia for behavior; reduced length of stay; and optimal adoptions.

What are the potential benefits to the organizations? +

Animal communication can provide information that is useful in making decisions about care for the animals and is especially useful when the information is not available from any source but the animal.

Who selects the dogs and decides what topics will be addressed? +

Each organization completes a REQUEST that specifies the dog and the topics/issues to be addressed with the dog.

Is there any out-of-pocket expense to the organization to participate? +

No. The communicators generously volunteer their services for the Pilot. GAV will cover the costs of administration and analysis of the collected data.

What software and technology are required to participate? +

Any mobile device or computer allows the organization to REQUEST a communication session and to respond to the SURVEYs and can be used to join the communication session via a videoconferencing meeting.

How much “total time” will be required for an organization to participate in Pilot 3? +

The organizations’ time commitment consists of 1) the organization completing an online REQUEST for each dog; 2) a representative of the organization attending the videoconferencing session (estimate 40 minutes to one hour) for each dog; 3) responding to 2 online SURVEYS for each of the dogs. GAV is responsible for storing, analyzing, and modelling the collected data.

When will the participating organizations and communicators receive the “results” of Pilot 3 data analysis? +

GAV will arrange for the analysis and modelling of all aggregated data and will make the results available to participants and to interested others as appropriate.

How can an organization or communicator indicate interest in participating in Pilot 3? +

Visit GAV’s website www.givinganimalsvoice.org and click on CONTACT to express interest in participating.

Will GAV provide additional information to participating organizations and communicators? +

Yes. GAV will provide a Letter of Agreement that outlines the general objectives, processes, and the responsibilities of the participants. GAV will also provide additional details in a Code of Conduct for all participants.