I have had two home inspections done. I think that they are great. It does help to find a good home for the dog. I could have put any information on my application. What is wrong with the rescuer wanting to make sure that your information was true and that it is a good home for one of their animals? They dont judge you or rummage through your things. It is harmless! If it my rescue and someone didnt want a home inspection done, then fine I dont want you to own one of my animals. Are you trying to hide something? It doesnt take that long to have an inspection done. And you do not have to be rich or live in the best neighborhood.
I reposted because I wanted to get it off my other post and give it a place to be discussed and debated. I figured if I gave it its own thread, I might get a better chance at help on the previous thread. You only had to give me a reason to give my brother that would change his mind.
We ALWAYS do a home inspection before placing our puppies in a new home. We've intentionally brought them into the world, we owe it to them to find them safe and loving "forever" homes. Sometimes home inspections require a little creativity or the help of a breeder outside of our area who can do the inspection for us. We're not looking for a home with lots of money but we do want to know that they can afford to care for the dog properly. We want a home that is clean, with a fenced yard, and a family that will give the dog the love that it deserves. We're not being nosey when we do a home inspection and we're not being judgmental, we simply want to know that the puppy will be well cared for. This isn't always evident when you meet a person. When we were placing our first litter of puppies, we met a very nice lady who wanted a show puppy. She seemed very nice when she visited our home but when we did the home inspection, we found that she had already had more that 25 dogs on a half acre of land. The dogs were kept in filthy conditions and, needless to say, she didn't get one of our puppies. As responsible breeders, we will take back any of our dogs if their families can no longer care for them. We want to be sure that their first home is also their last home. Rescue organizations, as well, simply want to ensure that the dogs in their care are going to a permanent home.
I'm sorry but i do not agree with the whole home inspection thing. It is an invasion of your privacy. If they want to drive by and look at my houseyard thats fine, but come inside i do not think so. They are looking more at what you have then what you will offer the dog. I wanted to resuce a Gray Hound but because i made 1000 less than they said you NEEDED to make to care for a dog they said no. Sorry but i take care of 5 dogs now fine with the same about of money. My dogs get more than i get. I had some ruff times awhile back and my dogs eat before i did! If a rescue can't look at your vets records and relize that you are a good owner then there is a problem, cause people that don't tkae care of their dogs don't take them to the vet!
As a rescuer, i also agree w/a home inspection. If the person isn,t willing to have one than they won,t get a placement from me. Like i really don,t care if there's dishes in the sink or unmade beds. It's more like where will he be kept? Is it a safe yard w/a fence? If no fence than i expect them to take on walking him for potty time. And he might want to go out at midnight. It's also good to see if (let me put this delicately) the home doesn't have a few little hyper wild children. etc
I disagree that they are looking for what you own when they come inside your home. They are just checking to make sure that your home is clean and would like to know where the dog would sleep or where the crate would be. If they just drove by your house then how are they to know if the inside is livable? God forgive me for saying this but my friends house looks so good on the outside(because she happens to enjoy yard work and loves flowers and her garden) but, the inside of her house is a pig sty! And if a rescuer just drove by then they would be like GREAT but not once they set foot in her house they would say H*LL NO! She shouldnt own an animal for the simple fact that the inside of her is not livable for a human IMO let alone an animal!
OK But say this person that wants to rescue a dog does live in a pig sty and just only cleans the house for that one day. It still doesn't prove anything. People can clean their house for that one day, don't ya know.
That's what I think, what stormy said. A person's home can look great. And of course, anything cruel they can do, they'd hide so that they get the animal. I can understand looking to be sure they have certain things, I just question whether or not they can really prevent cruelty this way.
You cant get rid of the smell of stench in a day. I think that they could pretty much tell when they went in if it was staged or not! I dont know. Its just my opinion that if you dont want an inspection done then you are hiding something. Just my opinion!
You know people that foster kids do the same. There are people out there that will foster 5-6 kids and when the social worker comes they clean the house before they come. Little be known to the social worker when they show up that the house NEVER looks like that. There are people arrested everyday for fosters kids just for the money and the social worker will be like i had no idea the house was always so clean and full of food. People do the same when wanted to rescuse a dog.
I can see what you mean, but sometimes it's just that you didn't have time to get around to washing the load of underwear! I would be somewhat embarassed beacuse my niece and nephew's room is a pig sty! But that's only my house!
WOW i'm hiding something now. Yeah you want to know what it is...... MY PRIVACY! that it what i am hiding. Sorry buddy but i have nothing to hide but i will refuse to ever do a home inspection. My house is perfectly clean i have a 6 month old ya think i really got S**t everywhere??? I highly doubt it!
I agree that it isnt going to prevent cruelty towards the animal but it does show that you havent lied on your application. I mean if you had to get rid of your dog that you own now, wouldnt you want to see the peoples home that are interested in taking your dog? You wouldnt just hand him over to anybody. You would pretty much get a vibe if it was the place for your dog or not when you went to their home.
I think for doster kids, there should be random house checks so that no one can expect a visit. As for pets, I would agree to random checks on breeders to prevent puppy mills and bad conditions. I actually hope to make that law one day. But I think that you should have your privacy when adopting, other than maybe a check for a fence and what not.