Adoption Screening


"..the process potential owners go through to gain approval for adopting... know that you're making a decision that will last you many, many years...

"..recognize that the adoption process must cover practical considerations to balance the emotional connections you will feel when choosing a dog...

"Sometimes, the application questions startle or offend people... ask you about such issues as:

  • "Renting or owning your home
  • "Other pets
  • "Where the new pet will sleep
  • "The presence of children and other adults in the household
  • "Yard conditions
  • "Your work schedule: the length of time pets will be alone, and how you will manage that time
  • "References, including veterinarian...

"Their goal is a happy home for the dog...

"..a home check first. Some organizations require that you attend a preparation class...

"In addition, you will sign a contract that specifies, among other things, that if you decide to give up the animal, you must return it to the rescue...

"Many rescues encourage you to share problems and successes after adoption. They often ask for names and pictures to post on their Websites and use in their newsletters. They want to build long-term relationships with their adopters.." (Norman, Jody. "The Adoption Interview." Dog Fancy, Feb. 2004, 14-15).


Colby Glass, MLIS