Our best friend Reggie recently passed away after having been with us for 18 years. We decided that we are now ready to adopt again. We just fell in love with this little dog on petfinder.com. So, I called and emailed about him. It turns out the rescue he is with was having an adoption event Sunday. We drove almost 2 hours to see the little guy. We loved him instantly!! We already had our application filled out and we went through the interview process. Now they need to do an in home inspection. I'm not sure how this works. When we brought Reggie home from the pound they didn't do an inspection. Could someone help? Is there something specific that they are looking for? Will they want to see where he will eat, sleep, play...etc? Thanks for any help! Aimee learylemonade
Mostly they will be making sure you have a fence and that your home is doggy safe. It is usually no big deal. Rescue groups just have so many people lie to them about different things that is make the home visit nessessary (sp).
I'm getting ready to do a home inspection for one of my "rescues". I plan on taking the dog alone with me to see how they interact with him; mainly to help them with any trouble spots. I also want to make sure that their fence is up to standards, and make sure their home is free of any dangers they may overlook. Seeing as how you are not new to dog ownership, you shouldn't have any problems. Good luck!!!
Yep, if your fence is wood, you should go along the whole length of it, and make sure each one is fixed firmly. They will check it. If one board is loose, no dog till you fix it. If the dog is a known digger, having cement under the fence, or a brick wall is what will be the clencher for them. Make sure there is nothing a dog can jump up on, so's it can get over a fence. A secure screen door would be good too. If its a pup, they may want to school you on electrical cords that are the things a pup would go after.
I'mgoing to get into trouble here, but when i sell a pup, i don't do home inspections. I don't believe in them for pets. Yes I want to be sure my pups go to the best homes, but I think calling references and neighbors,etc should be a good enough conformation as to the pet home owner's character. I can tell by the way they present themselves and things they say if this is a good match or not. People need to hone in on their instincts.....
Home inspections don't work unless they are unannounced, and even then it would be rare to SEE some one harming or neglecting a dog/cat. People ALWAYS put their best foot forward during home inspections.
What we need is to break in to their homes and put in hidden cameras for a few weeks. That would give a more accurate 'home inspection'. *snort*
alicat you can't fake certain things for example: No one will build a fence solely for a home inspection then tear it down after the inspection. You can't fake vet records. A responsible rescue will call the vet. You can always tell a lot about a person by viewing their home.
When I got Rocky from the humane society I lied about where I lived. I was living in an apartment at the time and I knew they wouldn't give me a dog his size if I was living there, so I said I lived in a house. He was absolutely fine there, I lived across the street from a dog park and someone was always home (me or roomate). So I don't understand the problem. I just had fallen in love with Rocky, and there was no way I was not getting him.
alicat are you addressing me? If so you need to re-read my statement. I never said apartment dwellers cannot own dogs and be responsible dog owners. I have rescued several dogs but I like to match my dogs with the right people. For example: 1. Inactive people who live in small confined apartments are not suitable owners for a Belgian Malinois. 2. People with small homes or apartments without small kids might make good parents to smaller breeds like the shih tzu and maltese.
MOST RESCUERS SHOULD APPLY COMMON SENSE.
Bogle lover I would place a large dog with you. Quite a few large breeds are inactive indoors. Some large breeds need a lot of exercise and if the owner is willing to run/walk with the dog, I for one do not see a problem. Especially since you have a dog park across the street, it seems ideal to me.
I don't think an aparment or small yard or no fence is a deal breaker. If it is then the rescuer is narrow minded. There are more factors involved besides a fence, yard, and style of home.
My neighbor had a huge black lab and Rocky and him used to play all the time. Also this guy took his dog for 3 hour runs everyday. But then there were the people that were to lazy to even bring a Toy Poodle out.
My ex had a toy poodle and trained him to use newspaper. This dog would go days without even stepping foot outside. It made me sick!! Especially because the dog would go anywhere , not on the paper. And to top it off, this guy lived on the ground floor. Some people are so lazy. I never understood it. (this guy lived a block away from me, the dog park was accross the street). This dog also had no leash or collar.
I think all people adopting/buying animals should go thru a screening process. Why buy a dog if it is going to be left outside all day, why buy a dog if you are not going to take it for walks or spend time with it?
But then if your like me and really want the dog, you could lie about it. lol. Well now I live with my parents with two dogs and two cats, I think an apartment would have been to small.
Learylemonade, good luck with the inspection. What kind of puppy are you getting??
Take it easy. I do home visits for shelters and rescues.
I look for honesty, safety, observe behavior of others in the home. Many times I have picked up that one spouse does not want said animal. Red Flag, I observe behavior of the children, too stiff, well, then they have been warned in a too stern way, too flightly, mouthing, or I especially look for control from parents.
Fenced in yards, yes, even shelters in New England do vet checks. As you know, like all shelters we treat many for mange, heartworm and assorted otehr maladiesl/
Take it easy. WE are not there to observe how clean or dirty your home is. BUT, WE DO LOOK FOR UNSAFE ISSUES.
I had to reply to this because we got our new dog from a reputable and responsible breeder. He did not check out our home, we went to his home to pick our puppy, brought the kids (14 & 11 at the time). When the puppy was ready he delivered him to us. He saw that we do not have a fenced yard, but my husband and I walk our dog numerous times a day and do not let him use the yard unless we are out there with him, we had a friend put heavy rope (the kind they use for mountain climbing) bolted into our pine trees. Even when he is out there with us he doesn't enjoy the yard because he would rather be sitting on our feet.
My point is that a fenced yard does not make a happy home.
no fenced yards don't "make" a happy home or dog sometimes, but they sure do help keeping a dog inside the yard. When it comes to rescues you don't want a call a week later from the adopter saying the dog ran away because they didn't have a fenced yard. These dogs and puppies have already suffered enough and our biggest fear is to have them back out on the streets fighting the odds.
I just think that rescues need to realize that many people buy dogs because they don't want some one intruding in my home. I wouldn't (even if I didn't raise dogs).
I guess I have a negative perspective on 'home visits' because I DID and SAW many actual Adoption home studies FOR CHILDREN. We are talking extensive home visits, physical exams, psychological exams.... and STILL things often went wrong, adoptions were OFTEN broken.... because these were the RESCUE KIDS.... they weren't the cute little puppies (babies) that people PAY to get. These were the abused and neglected children with problems, issues and baggage.
I guess I think if things can go wrong with all that, what hope does some one have doing a home study for a dog? I come from the perspective of adopt out as many dogs as possible, and the few that don't work? So be it, take them back and do your best to try again.
Even THE BEST home in the world is one or two tragedies away from disaster.
When we had our home inspection by the Chessie rescue group, he spent about an hour here. He quickly looked over the house and yard (yes ours is fenced), but the majority of the time was spent just talking to us.
Guess we passed as we had Charlie, the child eating dog within a matter of days after that.
I'm a 'victim' of this, imo, bad policy. I went to a rescue adoption and not only was the lady a nasty racist, she said unless I have a fence I cannot rescue and animal, even if I was more than willing to pay the 200 dollar adoption fee for the cute lil pup I wanted. I have always been a dog lover, I had a large beautiful home, more than enough money if something went wrong and the pup needed expensive vet care, I had references, etc, and because I didn't have a fence I couldn't adopt the dog. I went to the pound, found Dook, have given him a great home for the past four years.
Worst part? That pup was at that rescue adoption site for at least 6 and a half months after I tried to adopt him, as I always went on Saturdays just to play with the pups and see the dogs. I moved and stopped going and as of that time he was still there, looking for a forever home.
Good thing he has such a 'great life', eh? I think he missed out and I think she fails at life for preferring to pass up what was probably dozens of good homes in that amount of time, mine included. And for what? Some stupid rule. I haven't had a fence until just recently, and my dogs /dog have never gotten away from me, ever. Fence or no fence.
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. That is exactly my point, I wonder how long that poor puppy stayed in rescue. He obviously lost out on a great forever home which should be the main concern. As for the racism part I find it astounding that people in this day and age show their ignorance through racism.
Like I said in my first post, I do not have a fenced yard and I don't plan on putting one up, if my next house has one, great, that would be fine. Rescue groups should visit the homes but they should also rely on vet references and not rule someone out because the person does not have a fence.
We had a gentleman and his son come to see the puppies we had at Petsmart, one of our volunteers made a statement "your son looks like he needs a dog" the man looked up and said yeah, we just lost our two. So the volunteer pryed for more on the story, the family had no fence, and usually just let the dogs out the back door to do their business....it had worked well for 1yr and a half, then all of a sudden both dogs just disapeared. Who knows if they were stolen, or just ran off. The point is you DON'T really know who you are adopting to, home visit or not you never know how someone is going to treat these dogs after they get them home, you can only hope that they will love and care for them unconditionally. The rules are there to help us put our minds at ease, and yes people can lie about having a fence, which is why we sometimes ask to conduct a home study, when time permits. I myself have made many exceptions, especially when people who adopt already have another dog, or have had another dog; and have local vet references. What some of you don't realize is that many of the rescue groups have lost many a tear over the dog/puppy who is about to be adopted and all we want is to know that the babies will never have to go without food, water, or love again. I can't explain how gut wrenching it is every time we get one adopted, you want them to find a good home, but you want to go with them and make sure they have the best home possible. Sure at our home they have to share the attention with 15-20 other dogs, sometimes thay have to sleep on the floor instead of the bed, and from time to time they rotate between the outside kennels and the house (to give other rescues a turn inside) but we KNOW that we LOVE them, and sometimes we worry that the new family might not.
I see both sides. I did dog rescue and we had the fence rule that I just hated. If a dog HAS to have a fence then fine, go check to make sure there is a fence. Some of my fosters were really mellow and stuck around and never took off, but because they were large , the rule was a fence. I made exceptions, but really went back and forth about that issue with the founder of the rescue. Many neighborhoods don't allow fences anymore, but have walking paths etc. Dogs can dig out or jump a fence. Good luck with your inspection and congrats on your new dog.