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.
- Have you ever had another pet? What happened to it?
- Do you have a pet now?
- Are you an active person?
- Do you rent? If so is there a rental agreement that allows pets?
- Do you have a fenced yard?
- Will you provide references?
- Will the pet be a member of your family or a gift for someone else?
- Do you plan to crate the dog? For how long each day?
- Do you have children? How old are they? Have they ever been around pets?
- Will the pet be an inside /outside pet?