Having a list of questions and being prepared to follow through with a well laid out plan is vital. 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 more flexible.
Take time to get to know the potential adopter(s). Asking questions and having conversations with them before you meet will 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. Listen to your pet. Your pet has instincts and will tell you if they like a person, or if they are not comfortable with a person.
It’s up to you how detailed you want to be. You can go as far as writing up an adoption agreement (see other Helpful Tips for a Download version) and have the adopter sign it, asking for a drivers license or photo ID for proof of identity, personal references, their veterinarians information or a home check.
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 and give you peace of mind.
- Who is your veterinarian?
- 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?
- Why are you looking for this particular type of pet?
- Can you provide a Photo Copy of your Drivers License or ID of some type?
- Would you feel comfortable allowing a home visit so I can see where my pet is going to live?