Post # 1
My husband and I are really excited about a dog we found yesterday at the Chicago Paws, and we’re going through the adoption today after work. If they find us to be good doggie parents, we get to take her home tonight. Yay!
What should we expect during the interview process? On the application we filled out (which they told us to keep – so they haven’t even looked at it yet), we gave them references. Do they check them on the spot? I feel like I should tell our references to have their phones by them tonight when we plan to be there. Is there anything else we should bring/be prepared for? We really want this dog, and want to be fully prepared!
Thanks so much!
Post # 4
I’ve never adopted, so I don’t have advice. But just wanted to say good luck!!! Post pics when you get your new dog! 🙂
Post # 5
I’m not sure how they might work their system. With ours we emailed them our application and didn’t meet with them until we had already passed the first few tests. When I adopted from the Dumb Friends League I only had to provide my landlord’s number to make sure dogs were allowed and they called him on the spot.
I would guess that if everything happens in one night they’ll call them on the spot. However I think it’s more likely that it will be some time before you’re approved.
Post # 6
We did get our references called, especially our landlord. We were asked some basic, routine questions (yes, we plan on crating; yes, we both work 8/hr days) and were approved on the spot. Depending on their hours, and how long the process takes, they may not let you take her until the next day.
Good luck with your new furbaby!
Post # 7
@caitlanc: thanks! We did ask them last night if we would take her home tomorrow, and they said 90 percent of the time, animals are sent home that same night. We completely forgot to ask about references and such. Most other shelters we’ve applied at have done reference checks before we even saw any dogs, which is why I was so confused!
Post # 8
Oh nice! That’s super exciting! And much nicer! Lilyfaith and I went on for 3 pages when we were trying to contain our impatience over the adoption procedure. Hooray for most likely getting it tonight! Congratulations! So yes, I would say they’re definitely going to call your references while you’re there. 🙂
Post # 9
@caitlanc: Yay! Awesome 🙂 Thank you!
Post # 10
@Miss Chapstick: Hooray for adopting! I hope you get the one you want 🙂 When we adopted our dog, we had to fill out a fairly extensive questionnaire that included inquiries about our lifestyle — how active we are, how long we work per day, how long the dog would be left home alone, if we have any dog training experience, etc. It is important to anyone doing adoptions that the new owners and the dog are a match because they want to do everything possible for the dog not to be returned to the shelter. Even if the dog looks good on paper, it’s possible that you and the dog won’t click in person or maybe your lifestyle and the dog breed won’t match — if the dog is more active than you or the other way around. I don’t remember providing references. We had the ability to sleep on our decision, and we got our dog the next morning. I’ve heard that some try and do same day adoptions, though!
Another thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need to buy all sorts of doggy things before bringing the dog home. We ended up using the suggestion list from PetSmart to buy things like a crate, various types of toys, water bowl, food bowl, collar, leash, etc. We bought food and treats based on friends’ recommendations. Many adoption centers will not let you take the dog home without a collar and tag with phone number and address on it. (Many also recommend not to put your dog’s name on it.)
Hope this helps! Feel free to message me with any other questions.
Post # 11
@Miss Chapstick: I don’t have advice, as I have never formally adopted…(3 of my family’s dogs when i was growing up were picked up on the street and never claimed by any owners though – so sad)….
Just wanted to tell you GOOD LUCK and that is so great that you want to give that lucky dog a home!!
Post # 12
You stand a good chance at getting your sweet dog home tonight with PAWS, I’m fairly sure! I had a friend that volunteered there, and they move animals fairly quickly since they’re so big. We adopted through a breed rescue, so they checked references, did a home visit, etc, all through volunteers calling after their normal workday, and since it was all foster based we had to coordinate with that side of things.
Good luck and make sure you post pictures! Are you going to the Lincoln Park one or the Loop one?
Post # 13
I just volunteered at PAWS last Friday! They will definitely call your references, but it sounds like you’ve got everything covered. Congratulations!
Post # 14
Do you have any pix from petfinder or anything? Good luck! 🙂 Keep us posted.
Post # 15
I’ve never adopted from PAWs (or anywhere for that matter), so I don’t have advice–but I just wanted to say good luck!!!! Keep us posted!
Post # 16
Aw, congrats, and thank you for adopting a rescue dog! My fiance adopted his foster puppy through PAWS a few months ago. The interview process was not bad, and I was never contacted as his reference. It helped that we already spent a few weeks w/our puppy training him and getting to learn more about his breed. Just knowing general dog information would be helpful so that they will see you are knowledgeable and dedicated to being a good dog owner.