(Closed) Explain some adoption policies to me.

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
972 posts
Busy bee

I don’t know the answers to everything, but I think the home visit is just to see how “puppy proof” everything is, take a look at your yard/fence/etc, and see what kind of environment the dog will be living in. They DO do home visits when you are adopting a human child, FYI 🙂 

Post # 4
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My bigges pet peeve is that adoption agencies assume because both spouses work that you wouldn’t make a great pet owner. It’s insulting to think that only a Stay-At-Home Mom can be a good owner.

Post # 5
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Oh god don’t get me started! I went through and was turned down by multiple rescue organizations before I gave up and went to the SPCA, got my dog an hour later and have loved her (sometimes obsessively) for 3 years now. This was back when I was single, living in a rented home with a huge backyard with a friend of mine. The organizations kept refusing me because I freaking WORKED! How else was I supposed to pay for dog food and vet bills, etc? Magic money trees? One woman actually said they only adopted cats to single full-time workers because they can’t be good dog parents if they work full time! I’m allergic to cats, but thanks for your judgment anyway, bitch! Apparently only people that stay at home or work from home are fit to have a dog. I absolutely understand what the rescues are trying to accomplish – making sure the animal is going to a good, solid, loving forever home. But there’s got to be some sort of happy medium here!

Try not to let it get you down! I don’t have any good advice for you because I’m clearly an unfit pet parent. :p

Post # 6
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s easier to adopt a baby then it is to adopt an animal…I gave up.

Luckily my cat’s mother was a run-around stray that dropped her litter in my parents back yard.  And I work all day, an allergic to her, and guess what – she’s still alive after 14 years (please note sarcasm!!!!). In fact, the way she runs around like a kitten, she may go for a lot more years!!!  Must be the way I neglect her.


Post # 7
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Don’t get me started either!  DH and I tried to adopt a cat for MONTHS but weren’t allowed to because he’s in the military.  Their argument was that when he deployed they’d be neglected or when we moved, we’d leave them.  Hello, it’s not like I deploy WITH him and we’d already PCS’d once and dragged our current cats with us, so obviously we weren’t going to leave them when we moved again.  I mean, I know lots of military families are freaking irrepsonsible with pets (but that’s a whole other rant) but clearly we had a good track record with cats.  And the kicker was, if I was single, they’d have adopted to me in a heartbeat.

I never ran into the work issue though – I can’t remember it ever been asked, although I know lots of people have that problem.

Post # 8
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it depends on the rescue, and if they’re breed specific or not.  I rescued a great dane from MAGDRL (mid atlantic great dane rescue league) and they do a phone interview before they even send the paper application, THEN they do a home visit, THEN they like to see you interact with a potential dog before adopting or even fostering the dog.  It was intense, and I think a little excessive, but because of the breed they like to cover their bases.  Danes are rehomed so frequently because of their size, and if not trained properly they are unmanageable.  It take s a lot of money to properly vet and feed a dane.  Also, many great danes have special needs, restrictions, or health conditions that make them difficult to adopt. 

As for the prying questionnaire, they are trying to establish what kind of environment you have.  People with very small children or a very loud, outgoing, rambunctious home might do better with a more active but tolerant dog versus a dog who is being rehomed because of anxiety issues. 

I think for the most part, rescues are tring really hard to match dogs with people who are more likely to be able to care for and love that particular dog forever.  Some organizations do carry it too far, and I wonder how in the world they get anyone to adopt their dogs. 

Post # 9
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@misspeanut:  Seriously? They wouldn’t adopt a dog to you because you worked? So the only people fit to have a dog are either Stay-At-Home Mom, work from home or on unemployment?? Ridiculous!

Post # 10
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@DaneLady:  Just becasue you don’t have small children when you adopt doesn’t mean you never will.  I swear, some rescues are so anti-kids that they probably expect you to give the pet back when you have a baby.

Post # 11
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@ChemistryBride:  Two flat out refused to let me continue the adoption process after the application because I “wasn’t the ideal fit” or they preferred “a different type of applicant.” The third, I got SO CLOSE to being able to adopt this sweet little guy that I met a few times, had the home visit and everything, but they ended up letting a different applicant take him because the person worked from home and they thought it was a better situation. Oh, I was so pissed.

Again, totally understand the end goal is to have the right dog in the right home. I know too many people out there treat animals like something temporary that they’ll just get rid of when they’re bored with it. But I like to think I give my dogs an awesome, somewhat spoiled rotten, life even though both my husband and I have to work.

Post # 12
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The #1 frustration I have is that some rescues claim they won’t allow adoptions more than 60 miles from their agency. What does that have to do with anything? 

Most places will take the pet back if you can no longer keep them (you lose your job, you have to move to a place that doesn’t allow pets ect.). Its a pain if you live far away.

The in home visit. They don’t make an in home visit when you have a baby why do they need to come here? Granted I’m not a crazy hoarder or honey boo boo so maybe I’m biased. 

They want to make sure you have a place that is safe for a pet. They DO do home visits if you adopt or foster children. They can’t if you get pregnant on your own.

The questionnaire. Many of the questions are fully relavent but demanding to know who all lives in the home, every last pet I’ve had in the last 10 years, and exactly what my home looks like and where I work seems too personal. I’m a very private person. I dont like every random stranger in the world knowing my business. 

They want to make sure the home is safe for the pet. Ideally you have a yard where the dog can go to the bathroom and play. Or you have a plan (a place to walk him/her). If you are single and work they want to make sure you’ve thought of the fact that most dogs can’t go for 10 hours without going to the bathroom. And most dogs want a little more love and attention than that. They just want to make sure you’ve thought through the process and are prepared to take on the dog.

Maybe if you ladies can give me some coaching on what kinds of answers they are looking for I can better understand why they need this information and I can answer it truthfully without feeling like im being judged.

Show them you that you have either had or researched the pet you want to adopt. So that they know you understand what is involved in taking care of him/her. Show them that everyone involved in your new pets life (you, people who live with you, your pets) are excited about the new pet. If you aren’t an ideal candidate (you work) show them why that doesn’t matter (your Stay-At-Home Mom sister lives next door and can watch the dog during the day).

Post # 13
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would find a rescue that is willing to work with people of all different lifestyles.  I fell in love with two adorable puppies as two of my adoption applications got denied.  I own my own house with a 5,000 square foot back yard fenced with 6′ tall fences.  They were looking for someone who didn’t work full time.  I ended up finding a rescue that was run completely by people after their day jobs!  I put in an application before even finding a dog, and got to take my sweetheart Suzy home two weeks later.  Keep looking!  Don’t give up!



Post # 14
1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think the bad pet owners ruin it for the good ones. These guys are just trying to protect the animals from more owners who aren’t ready for that kind of responsibility. Try not to take it too personaly.

Post # 15
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Where are you located?  I volunteer for a rescue and we frown upon some of the crazy rescue policies.  We have all kinds of dogs.

Our questionaires don’t ask crazy questions like that, we are concerned for the welfare of the pet, it asks things like how long is the dog going to be alone a day, will they be put in a garage, who will take care of it while your on vaca, do you have a vet etc.

Ideally we would like to adopt to people who can spend time with the dog but if you have a job you have a job like PP’s said they just don’t want the dog to be alone for 10-12+ hours.

Also if you decide to give up the pet later the rescue will take it back.  I am in Colorado and we have adopted out pets to people in the surrounding states (and even Montana and Florida).  But we have people in those other states that could do home visits or transport the dog back.  Home visits though are mandatory.  An adoption cannot be finalized without one.

They are really to make sure the house is appropriate for that particular dog.  Not to judge your home.  For example if you adopt a senior dog and your house has a lot of stairs the dog can’t walk or if you get a blind dog and don’t have a ranch house etc.

We have heard of other rescues who denied adopters because they had no trees to give the dog shade in the backyard, or they were denied because their spouse wouldn’t be involved not that he didn’t want just wouldn’t be taking care of it because but the dog was going to be a demo dog and be with this woman literally 24/7.   The Boston Terrier rescue requires that you have a fence.  It can get nutty. 

I would suggest that you get a dog from a shelter (a kill one more likely) if you don’t want to go through this.  I happened to adopt my dog from a PetSmart and found out later that it was a kill shelter.  The fee was super cheap and they just let me take him.  Which I kind of found odd, altough perphaps it was because we had another healthy happy dog there present with us.  What stunk though is that I had to cover all the vet fees etc myself.  If I had gone through a rescue I wouldn’t have had to worry about doing any of that initial round of shots.  Also if the shelter dog doesn’t work out and you have to give it back, it will likely be put down immediately since most owner surrenders are.  I don’t know if it was just this kill shelter that didn’t care but, I mean if they are putting the dog down anyway I can see why they’d be less picky.  Our rescue pulls dogs that are about to be put down in kill shelters. 

If you stick with rescue just be honest on the app, and keep looking until you find a not crazily strict one.  Also you do have the option of getting a dog from craigslist.  Any rescue worth its salt is going to want to do a home visit so if that bothers you just look at kill shelter, craigslist, news paper, local adds, or ask around with friends at work.  A lot of people have to give up their dogs and usually try to re-home before giving them up to an organization.  Some rescues also courtesy list dogs that have owners and are not a part of the organization.  You could try that too.

Post # 16
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ok. I work for an animal rescue. So here are my answers.

1. Most of the rescuers are volunteers. We dont have money to drive 60 miles away. It also makes it harder for us to keep track of you or we may be unfamiliar with your counties laws regarding dogs or cats. 

2. We have mistakenly placed dogs in homes where they are mistreated, burned, abused, and killed. In-home visits gives us a sense of trust. Also, pet owners are stupid and often do not consider the environment they put dogs in. Basically, some homes set their dogs or cats up for failure. 

Plus, in-homes are not as scary as you make it sound. We take 10 minutes to look around, make sure you dont have wiring sticking out of your wall and that you keep the place somewhat neat. We offer suggestions to make it a bit more animal friendly, and we leave. Seriously. Not that scary or hard. 

3. We ask because we actually care about our dogs. We want to know that the dog wont be abandoned or left at home for 40 hours straight because you’re constantly traveling. And when we are measuring the dog’s personality versus you, we want to know that your home/work situation works. Wouldn’t you want to know if the dog hates to be alone or has separation anxiety and you work 15 hour work days? 

If you, or anyone reading this, needs help filling out adoption aps, let me know. I am more than glad to help. But you have to respect our policies. We do what is best for the dog and for you. Yes, it’s hard, and taxing, and sometimes you will get turned down. It’s often because we have 10 dogs and over 100 applications. 

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