After you have visited a dog adoption agency and they have asked for all your relevant information as well as interviewed you thoroughly, the agency will still want to ensure that you are the right person for the dog. The reason for this is that there are many times, rescue dogs are adopted by people who are not in the mental or physical condition to handle and manage a dog. These could be the precise reason the dog is in the adoption home in the first place. So, you need to give them this benefit of the doubt here.
What is it that you must be prepared for when the agency wants to do a check on you? Here are a few steps that you can plan yourself for:
- Background Check: Just like if you were to let your kid get adopted, you would do a thorough check on the background of the people who are taking him or her, similarly, it is with the adoption agencies. They want to ensure that these loving dogs
at their shelter get a forever loving home!
They want to ensure that you don’t come from any criminal background and have not had any past of an animal or human abuse. This would assure them that you are having the intention of giving love and care to the dog you plan to take home for their entire life.
Sometimes, the facility may ask you for your character certificate from a colleague, neighbor, or a pastor to prove what you are saying is true. You must appreciate their intent and that it is merely a protocol they are following. This should not be however taken personally. Their intention is simple. They want to ensure that they don’t hand over the dog to someone who has had issues in the past of managing people or pets. They also want to make sure that you have the means to maintain the expenses of a dog.
- Home Inspection: This may sound a bit uncomfortable, but it is just the next obvious step after the background check to ensure that one of their abandoned dogs you are willing to adopt, will get the best possible life in your home. This step can involve an ocular inspection as well as a home visit. Sometimes people find this process a bit intrusive, but it is finally in the good for you and the dog you wish to bring in.
You can in fact take this as a positive move towards adoption as, during their visit, you can check with the agency what you can do to prepare for the new fur baby in your home. The rescue volunteer or the agency officials will be more than happy to guide you and will understand that you care for the pet. This can also get you some brownie points!
Once you have been qualified for the above two final steps by the rescue center, you are all good to go and it is now time to celebrate by bringing your friend home!