You’ve searched online and fell in love with a dog you want to adopt. The application is filled out and now you’re waiting for the interview that can change your life. The volunteer will ask you a series of questions to help determine if you are a good fit for the dog. Below is a list of comprehensive questions rescue centers and shelters commonly ask.
Why do you want to adopt a dog?
Your answer will give valuable insight into your thought process. Is this something you’ve thought about for a while? Is the dog going to be a gift? Are you adopting because you’re lonely?
Who lives in your home?
The center wants names, ages, and occupations of all residents in your home. This includes children and pets. You may think this is getting a little personal, but it’s vital information. Some dogs may not be good around children, while others may be fearful of men. Rescue centers have the best intentions for their dogs and want to place them in a home where they can thrive.
What Are You Like?
The rescue group is interested in your personality, hobbies, and schedules. Your answers will help them determine the right dog for you.
Who will be the primary caretaker?
They want to know who the main person will be to care for the dog. The primary caretaker will be the person the rescue contacts for follow ups after adoption.
How often will you visit the veterinarian and are you able to pay for all vet expenses?
You will need to visit the vet for regular checkups. These visits can help detect problems before they become major issues. Your financial situation needs to be stable so you can care for your dog’s health. Another important consideration to make is creating an emergency dog fund. Unexpected injuries can happen and having a nest egg for emergency vet visits can be crucial.
Do you rent or own your home?
If you rent, they will contact your landlord to make sure you can adopt a dog. If you own a home, they may ask for proof of ownership.
Are there any breed or size restrictions where you live?
Some places have breed restrictions. Most landlords will have breed and size restrictions. It’s important to know your local ordinances before adopting.
Describe your residence
Do you live in a house or apartment? Do you have a yard and is it fenced in? How big is your yard? How tall is your fence? How close are you to a busy street? What is the neighborhood like? These questions help determine the safety and comfort of your dog.
Who will care for your dog if you become ill?
Prepare for unexpected things to happen. If you become ill or are in the hospital, do you have a trusted person to take care of your dog?
How often do you travel?
Do you travel frequently for work? Do you take vacations? Will you take your rescue dog with you? If not, who will be looking after him?
Under what circumstances would you surrender your dog?
You may be thinking “I’d never give up my dog”. I want you to seriously consider this question and be honest with yourself and the rescue center.
Would you consider a dog with special needs?
Special need dogs are available for adoption. They may have health issues or even behavioral problems. It’s quite alright to say no.
How do you plan on training your rescue dog?
Training your dog is crucial for a well-behaved pup. Do you plan to conduct the training yourself? What training methods will you be using? If your dog has behavioral issues will you hire a professional trainer?
Will you socialize your dog?
Socializing your dog is an especially important step to having a well-adjusted pup. The rescue group wants to hear your strategy, be as specific as possible.
How often will you exercise your dog?
All dogs need exercise, different breeds and sizes require differing amounts of exercise. They may also ask you how you plan on exercising him.
How will you help the dog adjust to his new home?
It takes time for a dog to adjust to his new family and routine. The center wants to hear your plans for easing him into his new life.
Where will your dog sleep?
The volunteer wants to know if he will sleep in a crate, in your room, or outside. They want to make sure your rescue dog has a place of their own to sleep.
How long will your dog be left alone during the day?
The rescue group wants to make sure the dog won’t be left alone for a long time. If you’re away from home for hours on end, they want to hear your plan. Will he be kept in a crate all day, in the backyard, doggie daycare or do you have someone to check in on him every day?
Do you have current pets?
Not all dogs get along with other animals, so it’s particularly important to tell the volunteer how many and what kind of pets you have. They also want to know if your pets have been spayed or neutered. They may also ask how you plan on introducing your rescue dog to your current pets.
Have you ever surrendered a pet?
If the answer is yes, state the reason(s) for the surrender. Be as specific as possible.
What traits are you looking for in a dog?
To ensure the dog won’t be returned understanding what you are looking for is crucial. Think about your personality, your lifestyle and explain in detail the traits that best compliment you.
What do you know about the breed?
Not all rescue centers and shelters will ask this question. It is always a good idea to understand the characteristics of the breed you’re interested in.
Theses inquiries are not made to scare you away. Rescue centers and shelters want to make sure their dogs are placed in the right homes. Please be honest with yourself and the center as you answer their questions.
Have you adopted a dog? What questions were you asked that’s not on my list? I’d love to hear your experiences.
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