If you’re contemplating adopting a canine from an animal shelter or a canine rescue group, that’s great! Each canine adopted from a shelter or rescue group helps to eradicate despicable pet mills and, extra importantly, saves a canine’s life. Sadly, some canine rescue teams make adopting a canine nearly as troublesome as adopting a toddler. The primary hurdle you need to clear is the preliminary adoption utility. An “incorrect” reply right here will ship you house in shock and empty-handed. Because of this, it is vital that you simply learn this utility BEFORE you fall in love with a selected canine.
Most rescue groups–especially pet mill canine rescues and breed-specific rescues–require that you simply submit an adoption utility and have it accredited earlier than they may even speak to you or will let you see their canines in particular person. It is possible for you to to take a look at footage of obtainable canines on the rescue web site; however till they’ve accredited your utility, that’s so far as you may go. Luckily, not all rescues are so terribly demanding; and by comparability, shelters are downright welcoming!
I can’t overstate the significance of this preliminary utility! Please perceive that I’m an trustworthy particular person. I don’t lie and would by no means inform anybody to lie on an utility. Having mentioned that, there are specific solutions that, if said on an utility, will instantly disqualify you. Once you learn the appliance, you have to to find out if any of those apply to you. Then you have to to determine the way you need to deal with the state of affairs. You possibly can attempt to keep away from having to confess the reality, or you have to to search for a much less demanding rescue group.
For the questions beneath, I offers you the “right” reply, by which I imply the reply the rescue desires to learn or hear from you. I may even offer you solutions that can disqualify you. If there may be another acceptable reply, I’ll state that as nicely. For a couple of questions, I’ll simply say NOTB–None Of Their Enterprise–or I’ll simply let you know to go elsewhere.
Typical “Problematic” Questions:
1. How a lot cash do you make? That is a type of NOTB questions. Supposedly, they need to be sure you can afford to undertake a canine, however I contemplate the one reply to be given right here is “I make sufficient.”
(Simply FYI — some rescues are literally discriminatory; and questions coping with wage, kind of house, the place you reside, and so forth. are used to weed out sure folks.)
2. How a lot time through the day will your canine be alone?
Disqualify: All day or I work all day.
Appropriate: NONE. Somebody is all the time house.
Acceptable: Not a lot time. I’m going house at lunch and my neighbor will let the canine out two or thrice a day.
3. How a lot time will your canine need to spend exterior alone?
Disqualify: All day.
There isn’t any different acceptable reply.
4. Is your yard fenced with a 5′ (or 6′) wood fence?
Disqualify: No fence; electrical fence; 4′ chain hyperlink fence. (I’ve not discovered any rescue that can settle for an electrical fence.)
Appropriate: Sure, I’ve a 5′ (or 6′) wood fence.
Acceptable: This may rely upon the canine. For an older small canine, a shorter fence could be acceptable.
5. Do you could have youngsters? What are the ages?
Disqualify: Child or youngsters beneath 6.
Appropriate: No youngsters, or all are 10 or older.
Acceptable: Ages between 4 and 10 will rely upon the canine.
6. What pets have you ever owned and, in case you do not nonetheless have them, state why not.
The second a part of this query is NOTB! They’re looking for out in case you have put any pets down or have returned any.
7. The place will the canine sleep?
Disqualify: Open air.
Appropriate: In the home, with us, in a crate.
8. Is everybody within the household passionate about getting a brand new canine?
Disqualify: Any reply that is not YES.
9. Have you ever ever returned or given up a pet? This could be worded: Is there any acceptable motive to return a pet?
Appropriate: By no means. I’d by no means try this.
Acceptable: This may be difficult. If an adopted animal and your present pets couldn’t work issues out, you may nonetheless be accredited.
10. Have you ever had a pet put down?
Disqualify: Sure. Most rescues don’t consider there may be any acceptable motive to place down a canine. Aggression isn’t an appropriate motive. Extreme damage or sickness could be thought of acceptable, however that depends upon the rescue. Some consider within the “so long as they’ll breathe” philosophy for preserving an animal alive.
Earlier than you get connected to a canine, learn each the adoption utility AND the adoption contract. When you understand that you’ll not get accredited (young children, stay in condo, yard not fenced, and so forth.) otherwise you can’t settle for a number of the contract necessities, then don’t trouble to take a look at footage of their animals. As an alternative, search for a special rescue or go to your native shelter or Humane Society.
Pet mill rescue teams and breed rescues are inclined to have an inherent mistrust of human beings. Thus, their necessities are very strict. Rescues that make a concerted effort to save lots of canines from euthanasia at shelters are extra folks pleasant and perceive that their first purpose must be getting these animals into loving properties.
Be affected person and examine web sites continuously. Go to your native shelter continuously. Your excellent canine will discover you!