During the first six dog adoption tips we have been discussing how important it is to rescue a dog. We’ve been talking about the responsibility of pet parenting, where you can go to find a dog, whether it’s searching online via adopt-a-pet or petfinder.com, or going in person to a shelter or a rescue group.
So now you know where to go. But when you get there, you might be asked some questions, especially from rescue groups- they’re going to have a lot of questions for you. And you are certainly going to want to have a list of questions to ask the adoption specialists whether at a shelter or through a rescue group.
Some sample questions that you might ask are:
Does this dog have any health challenges?
If so, what type of medical care might be required?
Has he ever lived with a family before?
Where is he used to sleeping?
Is he ok with kids? Other pets?
Some questions they might ask you include:
Who is the primary caretaker?
Will the dog be confined? If so, where? In a crate? For how long at a time?
Who will care for your dog while you are out of the home or away for extended periods?
Do you have a dog walker?
In addition to asking you many questions, a rescue group will ask you to fill out an application and likely come do a home check.
So here’s tip #7:
Be prepared with a list of questions to ask and expect that the shelter or rescue group will ask you questions as well. I offer a much more comprehensive list of questions to ask and that you might be asked in What To Expect When Adopting A Dog. You can download them for Free by going here and scrolling down to Tip #7. If you have even more questions, or know someone else who could use support, pick up a copy at the Doobert Rescue Store!