(Closed) Pet Adoption: Home visit?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Where you required to do a home visiting before adopting a pet?



  • Post # 2
    3027 posts
    Sugar bee

    In my experience, they’re required more often when adopting dogs. Mainly, they want to ensure the yard is fenced, no hazards, stuff like that.  I’ve always had cats and I don’t recall ever having a home visit (although they did require all members of the household to visit the kitty and be screened/interviewed.)

    Post # 3
    1171 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

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    liverightnow :  I volunteer for an all volunteer rescue org, and we do home visits.  We have done home visits three to four hours away from the rescue organization’s HQ.  We rely on our volunteer network to transport the pet to the home along with the adoption coordinator to make sure the home is appropriate for the pet.  No, we do not just take someone’s word that their home is safe and secure for the pet.  We have to see it ourselves.  If the applicant is a very strong applicant, we will do a home visit and transport the pet to the applicant’s home as far as 2-4 hours away, because we truly care about our dogs and want to make sure that they’re going to the right forever homes. I have a lot of respect for organizations that do home visits, because they’re a lot of work, so by doing them, they’re showing a lot of care and dedication to the pets that they’re trying to rehome.  

    Post # 4
    5154 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I don’t think it is unusual. I think most (if not all) the rescue organizations around where I am require home visits for at least dogs (sometimes cats). This is in part as these animals have already been displaced or in bad situations, or even given up due to accommodations – they want to check things out personally to make sure it will be a good fit for the dog. 

    I don’t think 2.5 hours is unreasonable, and where I live I know they will travel a bit to more rural areas/smaller towns if that seems the best choice for the animal, but you would need to check with the organization themselves.

    Post # 5
    469 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    When I adopted my dogs from the humane society, they required either a home visit or a vet recommendation. My vet that took care of my previous dog for 15 years gave a positive recommendation; therefore, no home visit was required. They did ask about my yard and whether or not it was fenced in. They just wanted to be sure the dogs wouldn’t be loose on the streets.

    Post # 6
    423 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    We had to do a home visit before we adopted our puppies. The foster mom did the home visit when she brought them to our house to drop them off. I think she just wanted to make sure we had a safe place for the puppies…we don’t have a fenced yard yet and that didn’t seem to be a problem. 

    Post # 7
    2868 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I have three animals and never had a home visit. (1 cats, 2 dogs)We got our last dog in May of 2015 and never had a home visit. They called our vet to make sure we bring our animals in, and our landlord to confirm it was okay.

    Post # 8
    253 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We rescued a dog a couple weeks ago and had to do a home visit. The morning of the scheduled visit, the director of the program had something come up. Instead of her coming to our apartment, I actually video chatted with the foster family of the dog we were adopting. I just walked around our place and showed our living space via the video chat… It only took 10-15 minutes. I would ask and see if that’s an option for you, especially since you’re so far away from the rescue you’re working with!

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    Post # 9
    276 posts
    Helper bee

    Fact is, anyone can look good on paper and everyone comes in saying they’re a dog person, they’ve always had dogs, and they’re great owners. Adoption agencies don’t want to just take your word, they want to be sure.

    Post # 10
    3327 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Adopting from a shelter, no. Adoping from a rescue/foster organization, yes.

    I think it’s mostly to make sure a) you werent lying (about fenced yard, single fam home, etc), and b) they want to make sure it will be a good fit for the dog because it costs them MORE to have the animal returned than it does to make sure it goes to a good home in the first place.

    Post # 11
    971 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Not in the US.  We did have to when I was little living in Germany — they did occasional “welfare” check ups/visits, too.  Too many Americans abandoning their pets when moving away 🙁 

    I think you should try to adopt the dog and it will be on them to decide if they’re willing to do the travel time.  They may be willing to negotiate different terms because of the unique situation.

    Post # 12
    1897 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Yes I did! I’d still try and I think they will get someone there. 

    Post # 13
    1154 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    We have 2 rescue dogs; one rescue group required a home visist at the other did not. 

    A coworker also adopted a dog through the same rescue as we did (the one that did home visits) and while ours was VERY low key hers was a little bit more involved. It all depends. 

    Post # 14
    391 posts
    Helper bee

    When we adopted our cat from our local humane society we did not get a home visit but we did have a vet recommendation.

    A friend of my parents’ was going to adopt a dog from this same humane society and since they had other dogs they had to bring their dogs to the humane society to see if they all got alone.

    Another friend of mine adopted two dogs.  One from another humane society and one from a rescue and neither one required any kind of visit, but she did have vet recommendations.

    Post # 15
    12 posts

    That’s also a problem we encountered when we wanted to adopt a dog. Pretty much all the rescue organisations required a home visit and had an application process like a job interview. So we adopted our dog from the pound which didn’t require a home visit. The adoption was really straight forward. You just go there, pay the adoption fee and fill out some paperwork and you have a new family member!

    If your heart’s set on that dog, have you tried contacting the shelter and telling them your situation?

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