Questions You May Be Asked When You Adopt
Animal rescues ask questions to help determine if the pet is a good match for the potential adopter so there is a better chance of the adoption being a success. This is because it is traumatic for the animals to be adopted and then rejected.
Questions are also asked to try to make sure that animals are only homed with responsible people who will keep them safe, and love and look after them well for their entire natural life. Some of the questions might seem somewhat in depth and probing, and sometimes maybe even invasive. But when you understand that they are purely asked to make sure your home is a good, safe fit for the pet, they seem less so.
If the person has chosen to adopt a dog, questions will probably be about how often the dog is likely to be left on its own and for how long, how often it can be exercised on walks and for how long, whether there are children in the home, how old they are and whether they are used to dogs.
A rescue may ask if there are any other pets in the home and what they are, who else lives in the home and whether the garden is secure.
Questions may be asked about where the dog would sleep, whether it would be an inside or outside dog, where it would be allowed to go in the house and whether it would be a pet or used as a working dog.
The rescue may ask what arrangements would be made for the animal to be looked after when the adopters went on holiday, if they were out for extended periods.
Potential adopters may also be asked what they would do if their circumstances unexpectedly changed, if, for example, they had a baby and unexpectedly found it hard to look after the animal, or they had to work long hours and the animal was left alone a lot, or they lost their job and could not afford to keep the animal.
This is because these are major reasons for animals being abandoned.
Many of these questions would not be asked until the person wanting to adopt a dog, cat or other animal got to the stages of meeting the animal and the home check.
Image: When they adopt animals out, rescues need to determine whether the pet and prospctive home is a good fit for each other, so that the adoption is likely to be successful. Source
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