(Closed) Adopting a dog

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We adopted a dog from a local shelter (not a breed specific rescue) and they asked for all those things to make sure we’d actually care for the dog and not return her.  Shelters seem to have lots of problems with people thinking they want a cute puppy but not considering all the responsibility, and then they give the dog back or abandon it.  That’s what happened with our dog, someone adopted her as a puppy but then sent her back.  

We were college sophomores working part time restaurant jobs and not married or even living together at the time and we were approved no problem. 

Post # 4
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1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

We adopted our mutt from a rescue a little over a year ago. It can be a stressful process, since you have to really prove yourself on those applications. Some rescue organizations are a lot more hardcore than others. I know someone who adopted a dog who had to submit to random home visits for a while so they could check that the couple was spending as much time at home as they’d pledged to. That’s a bit extreme, but it makes sense for shelters to be demanding, because they get a TON of animals returned by owners who didn’t understand what a responsibility they were signing up for, or were ill-equipped for the needs of the pet. It may seem unreasonable, for example, for a shelter to refuse to adopt a dog to a couple planning to have a baby soon, but it’s smart policy since new puppies and new babies don’t always mix.

As for our experience, I spent a couple of weeks obsessively trolling Petfinder for likely puppies, submitting about a half dozen applications. We checked out pretty well, since we own our house and have a fully fenced yard, plus at the time I was unemployed so I could state that the dog would almost never be left alone. So, finding a match was mostly a matter of back-and-forth with shelters who would say that the puppy I wanted was available, but typically they wouldn’t hold it for me if someone else qualified were more ready to come pick it up. We lost one or two of our top-choice puppies but ended up getting another of the top ones we were vying for. We had to drive three hours each way to get to the shelter way out in the boonies, but it was so worth it!

Post # 5
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393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I adopted my little guy 4 years ago. I filled out an application and pretty much provided the same type of info they are requesting from you. They also did a home check to make sure I was able to have pets and that the place was suitable for him (he’s a small dog so apartment living was OK). They just want to make sure they’re placing their animals in good homes and that the potential owners have adequate space and the proper financial means to care for them.

I’m sure everything will be fine! Even if you don’t get approved this time, take your time and make sure you’re also getting a dog that is a great match for you and your Fiance. My dog came with issues unknown to us (he was picked up as a stray) and it turned out he had separation anxiety. He is otherwise a well behaved and wall mannered dog; routine and training has calmed him significantly.

Good luck in your search!!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yep, we went through this, too. I TOTALLY appreciated why they were asking. They want to make sure that you are in a position to take care of the dog, live in a home where dogs are allowed, and aren’t taking it in to breed it.

They’re looking out for the dog, and avoiding animal abuse.

Over the past 10 years or so, it has also become a lot mroe expensive to get a dog. Typically, tough, it comes with shots and a “fix” to justify the price. Again, they don’t want to just hand over dogs that are going to end up in a shelter because someone didn’t want to pay for their care.

Best of luck in getting your new baby!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I just have to say, you are definitely not the only one with those worries!  I’m sure you’ll be approved no problem but if you want a little company, check out this thread.  And good luck!

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