Tips on Writing Your Pet’s Profile

These suggestions are merely to guide you and help you come up with your own ideas to make this “Your Pets Profile” No one knows your pet better than you do. You are the best person to select that perfect future home that you desire for them. So, take the time to make them shine.

Keep it from the Heart. Picture the ideal pet owner you want for your pet. Then write your profile to appeal to their personal interests. Start out with your pet’s greatest strengths, skills, and personality traits. Why would someone want to adopt your pet? What does your pet love? What are they willing to work for? What is a favorite thing they like to do or place they like to go? Quirks or traits that the potential adopter will find cute and irresistible. Are they crate trained, house broke, easy to lead, etc.

Keep it simple. This is just an introductory to your pet. When potential adopters contact you, then you will have the opportunity to answer their questions in depth and give all the information that would not fit into a profile or can be explained better in a conversation.

Keep it Honest. Always be honest about your pet’s behavior and other important factors that a potential adopter may need to know before adopting. It can sometimes be easy to focus too much on the negatives, but there are times when you must list the negatives, such as, if your pet has special needs, a medical condition that requires ongoing vet care, medications, behavior issues, etc. We encourage owners to always be honest and to present this information in a positive way. The details can be explained further in a one-on-one conversation with those who are truly interested.

Keep it Focused. Keep the focus on your pet. Take time to get that perfect Picture. The photo will be the most important part of your pet’s profile. Think about how you can capture your pet’s face and put it forward. You are the artist. Outdoors pictures are great if you can do that. A simple backdrop can be arranged by just removing clutter and unnecessary objects. Avoid anything that will distract from the pet. Try to submit at least 2 quality pictures and one of the pet’s face and eyes. The eyes will speak volumes to the hearts of potential adopters.

Have fun with it. Use sound judgment and you will experience the best possible outcome for you and your pet.

What to Ask When Adopting a Pet-Sample Questions

When you make that decision to adopt a pet, be a responsible adopter and use you good judgement. It is always a good idea to have a list of questions prepared to ask when going to meet the owner and pet for the first time, or even in a phone conversation.  Think of questions that fit your needs and what your expectations are for this new addition to your family. Avoid impulsive decisions because the pet is so cute or happy to see you. Make sure all your questions and concerns are met before you agree to adopt and this will be a match that you and your new pet will be thankful for.

Here are a few guidelines to help you get started. Remember these are only guidelines to help you think of your own needs and what questions you would like to ask. Always use sound judgement when doing a meet and greet. Use the buddy system and take a trusted friend.  This serve two purposes. 1. It is always safer. 2. It gives you a second opinion and can help in the decision making and question process.

1. Who is your veterinarian and when was the last time this pet had a wellness check up?

2. Why are you rehoming your pet?

3. What type of energy does this pet have?

3. Does this pet have any special needs I should be aware of?

4. Is this pet house broke or crate trained etc.?

5. Can I take the pet for a wellness check up to my veterinarian before I agree to adopt?

6. Does this pet have any behavior issues I need to be aware of?

Interviewing Potential Adopters—Sample Questions

Having a list of questions and being prepared to follow though with a well laid out plan is helpful. This will help ensure your pet and everyone involved has the best possible experience. Try to envision what type of person/home you would like your pet to go to.  Make your list of questions to fit those desires or requirements. Have a separate list of the things you are not firm on and will be flexible.

Take time to get to know the potential adopter(s). Asking questions and having a conversation with them may help you decide whether the applicant will be a good fit for your pet. If you have an uneasy feeling about an applicant, remember the saying “Better safe than Sorry.” Don’t be afraid to gracefully walk away. Remember to always use your good judgment and the Buddy system when doing a home check or meet and greet. Your pet has instincts as well about people, so listen to them.

It’s up to you how detailed you want to be. You can go as far as writing up an adoption agreement and having the adopter sign it, or asking for a drivers license for proof of identity and personal references.

You know your pet better than anyone. These questions are only a guide to help you form your own list of questions to fit your pet’s needs.

  1. Ask who their veterinarian is?
  2. Are you an active person?
  3. Do you rent? If so is there a rental agreement that allows pets?
  4. Do you have a fenced yard?
  5. Will you provide references?
  6. Will the pet be a member of your family or a gift for someone else?
  7. Do you plan to crate the dog? For how long each day?
  8. Do you have children? How old are they? Have they ever been around pets?
  9. Will the pet be an inside /outside pet?
  10. Why are you looking for this particular type of pet?