Post # 1
DH and I are relocating and will finally be in a home instead of an apartment and are able to have pets! We are looking to adopt from a shelter, however, we will be relocating to a smaller town and there aren’t any shelters near by. No big deal, right?
Well, we started looking our current city and found a dog we absolutely love! There’s only one problem, they REQUIRE a home visit which I don’t think will happen because the new house is 2.5 hours away and since the shelter is volunteer run, I can’t foresee anyone wanting to make that trip for a home visit.
I’m just wondering if a home visit is a common? Years ago I volunteered at an animal shelter and it was never a requirement. I understand why they would like to do one, but we are respectable/responsible dog owners who have always had dogs in the home while growing up. I feel like they could get that impression by our application and by meeting us and seeing us interact with the dog. Then, if they didn’t feel comfortable with us adopting the dog, they could require a home visit.
Did you have to do a home visit when you adopted a pet?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Post # 9
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
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
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
Yes I did! I’d still try and I think they will get someone there.
Post # 13
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
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
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?