Is it necessary for shelters to require home visits?

I’m going to state my case briefly, and then get out of the way to hear your opinions. Please share them in the comments below.

Is it necessary for shelters to require home visits?

No. I do not believe shelters or rescues should require home visits. As long as we are killing several million healthy dogs and cats annually due to a “lack of homes,” we should ease up on our adoption requirements.

I understand where shelter workers are coming from when they require home visits. They don’t want the dogs to end up in abusive homes. However, the condition or appearance of a person’s home will tell you nothing about the quality of care the pet will receive in that home.

Not only that, but the idea of a home visit sounds scary to potential adopters. While those of us in the rescue world understand home visits are usually no big deal, the general public does not know that.

The idea of a stranger inspecting their home is alienating to adopters, and it gives them a reason to obtain a pet somewhere else.

Home visits should be used in extremely rare cases such as if the dog or cat requires unique medical care or if the dog has unique behavioral issues. Home visits should also be used if there are any red flags on the adoption application that can’t be clarified in any other way.

Even in these cases, the term “home visit” or “home check” should be avoided. Instead, the shelter should say it will do a “home delivery” and bring the pet to the adopter. This sounds much friendlier.

So what do you think?

Is it necessary for shelters to require home visits?

Should shelters require home visits?

60 thoughts on “Is it necessary for shelters to require home visits?”

  1. i think home visits are important. i live in a slightly rural area in alabama and you see many dogs chained outside, in kennels all of the time, and running wild in the roads. plus there are the fighters. it is not uncommon for someone to attempt to get a large meek dog as a bait dog from the shelter where i used to volunteer. a home visit can protect dogs from going into bad situations.

    1. There’s no way to tell if a dog will be used as basis by looking at the home, unless there are vicious dogs present. Inspections open adopters up to insure prejudices because the inspector doesn’t want there pretty in a “trailer” (mobile home) or near a street. Shelter owners are extremely judgemental because they see first hand what happens to animals, but they judge honest, loving people unfairly because of it. I’ll never adopt through a rescue again after the way I’ve seen people treated by MANY shelters.

    2. I think this is the most idiotic thing ever. I love animals as much as the next person but why are we treating these type of adoptions as if they are children? As many posters have pointed out there is no way a home inspection can provide any indicators the potential adopter will be abusing the animal. Furthermore, shelters already display a bus toward certain applicants so a home inspection will only further their bad judgment. I have recently applied to adopt a cat because I want a specific dog and they are expensive and rare. The shelter requires a home inspection, three references and the name and phone number of your current veterinary clinic for an interview. This is ridiculous! The purpose of these shelters is to find homes for these animals rather than euthanize them. Yet they’re making it difficult to place them with all of these restrictions. Even if the applicant were to submit to these requirements, there’s still a chance they won’t get the animal. I’m sorry but that animal will remain there as I’m not willing to do this when I didn’t for my other two pets. They’re happy, healthy and live a very good life as well as see the vet regularly.

  2. They wanted to do a home check when I adopted Kaya because she’s a pit mix only. I lucked out because I was in a different city and no one wanted to drive across the bridge so they had me do a I video of my fence instead. I’m sure I would not have passed as part of my fence was only 3 feet high to a 8 foot drop on the other side. I kept the camera low as to not show it in the video:/ Plus I had no furniture! I see why they do it for reasons like the above person said, but at the same time I could have never gotten my dog:(

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Interesting 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience. I wouldn’t have been able to adopt Kaya either, as I have no fence at all.

      1. Poor Kaya could be still stuck in that shelter! I could be completely wrong but it seems that people who would want a dog for fighting, guard dog, drug-house dog, whatever, aren’t really going to go through the trouble of adopting a dog anyways. I picture them just getting their dogs from random litters in the neighborhood or amongst friends. And if someone really wants to get around a home check, they can by putting stuff away or even pretending to live at another house. On the other side of it, I had to adopt my brother’s dog for him because they would not let him adopt her! They barely let me adopt her, only because they fell in love with Norman:) She now has a loving and responsible home for life (and they moved a few months later anyway.)

  3. I don’t believe it is necessary unless there is a special circumstance, and I agree that home visits do nothing to prevent dog abuse.

    However, a home visit can be helpul for first time dog owners. It can be viewed as a consultation, not as a “check” or “interview.” You can discuss the dog, care issues, and point out specific hazards they might not be aware of. It also can point out pitfalls that people might not realize would make their home situation not a good fit for a specific dog. For people with children, you can reinforce dog safety with age-appropriate education and games. And, of course, the dog adoption consultant should not presume that they are invited to “inspect” the house and ask “Would you like me to give tips on the bedroom set up?” rather than anything that presumes access to spaces or invasion of privacy.

    When people have a baby, they have months of being parents before they really have to worry about major “child safe” issues. When you adopt a dog, you have to have your home ready that DAY.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Good points. Thanks for your input. I think if it’s worded as “home delivery” it is much friendlier than “home check required.” And I don’t think the volunteer has any business going through the rooms of the house, like bedrooms, closets or anywhere.

  4. When I adopted my Rottie/Lab mix, Chaos, we had to sign a form agreeing to do training (planned to anyone) and agreeing to allow in-home visits.
    No one ever came to check up or anything so that was the end of it.

    I would love to live in a world where such a thing would be unnecessary but for “tougher” dogs I can see the need. If someone wants a rottie for fighting I can see this dissuading them.
    The side effect of dissuading legit owners is unfortunate but we live in a world where people do cruel things with their dogs.

  5. The rescue I volunteer for (and the two rescues through which I adopted my three dogs) does home visits (although I don’t do them personally), and I have come to think of them as important. Some houses are just not appropriate for dogs–such as the “drug house” (as we call it) a little north of our neighbourhood with three dogs who we’ve never once seen being walked, the house down the road with a six-by-six enclosure in which the beautiful golden retriever stays 24/7/365 with little human contact, and the house with the broken-down fence through which the dog is always getting out and has to be returned again and again.

    I understand your point that it’s better for a dog to live possibly amidst coke dealers than to be euthanized without having been given a chance. At least the dog is alive. (Quality of life is another issue altogether–and an important one, in my opinion!) But when volunteers are willing to go out and inspect a would-be home for a dog who has already suffered some trauma and upheaval, I think the home visit is well warranted in an effort to ensure a lower risk of further trauma and upheaval. It’s the least we can do for them.

  6. Yes, they’re important. I think you’re forgetting one of the reasons *why* those dogs ended up in a shelter to begin with — usually because it wasn’t a good match.

    The home visit can be an excuse for some rescues to snoop and ensure there isn’t a ton of clutter, garbage, or skeletons in the closet. I use it as an opportunity to sit down with the family and answer any questions they might have about my foster, the rescue, the adoption process, and everything else under the sun. It’s a great opportunity to build a relationship with an adopter, earn their trust (because so many people are wary of “used” dogs), and see how my foster interacts with them/their dogs.

    For rescues (not shelters), adopting out dogs is about finding a FOREVER home, not just a you’ll-do-for-now home. I would much rather put in the extra work to make sure every single one of my fosters ends up in their FINAL home than adopt out dozens out dogs and hope that everything works out for the best, and that we won’t see them in a shelter a year from now.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      You know I disagree, but thanks for adding your thoughts on the issue. I know you do a lot of wonderful work.

      1. What about cat adoptions? I feel very uncomfortable having someone in my home especially now, with Covid. Plus, I do not want them calling my veterinary clinic, it just feels incredibly invasive. I get it, maybe someone is a hoarder, but please, I had twins and they just let me take my kids home without checking out my home and getting up in my business. Why can’t I adopt a cat without a full strip search? It feels extreme to me. Maybe if they explained on their website what a home inspection entailed, I’d be less against it, but I feel super judged and I have not even completed the dang application. Just my 2 cents.

    2. One who was rejected.

      It sounds like you are saying, you would rather reject a lot of of homes not up to hyour standards in order to adopt out just ONE dog to the perfect home. You don’t want to adopt out TWELVE dogs to average homes because there’s a chance that maybe ONE dog will be returned. Your poor reasoniong is causing only ONE dog to be adopted out to their forever homes instead of ELEVEN. I do not not like that reasoning. Let average people have dogs again! Stop denying the right of average dogs to be matched up with average people.

  7. I’m quite ambivalent about this. I think it may depend on where you live. In an area of dog fighting and bait dogs, I can understand a shelter being careful about where the dogs go. But for most areas it seems unnecessary if the people fill out applications and are interviewed briefly.

    I got two of my dogs from people who needed to re-home them. I offered to pick up the dogs, but both said that they would rather bring them over themselves. Is that a home visit? I understood why they wanted to do that.

  8. I think some breed specific rescues should require home visits. Most northern breeds and mixes, sibes, Malamutes, etc. are notorious escape artists, and ensuring a six foot fence is the responsible thing to do.

  9. Yup! I only require home checks on dogs that are escape artists – who dig out, or climb out, and who I need to check that the home is suitable to them.

    For all other dogs, we generally end up at their house for some reason or another anyway – for doing dog-dog meets, or it just ends up easier to deliver the dog, or whatever. The people don’t realise I’m doing a yard check so it’s not scary. It’s a subtle means to make sure the home and yard is appropriate. 🙂

  10. Totally agree with you Lindsay. I do completely understand WHY they do home visits but I could have a massive house, with the dogs own private back garden, with its own kennel, with a 10 foot fence around it but……behind closed doors I could be doing anything to those dogs. All shelters take a risk when letting people adopt the pets, but its a risk that they should definitely be taking. If it gives the dog the slightest chance of a happy life, then go for it!!!

  11. I attempted to adopt from a rescue organisation just recently and found the whole thing off putting. I am in the animal industry, quite well known in my local area for what I do, but to then rescue group it seems ( I even did something a few weeks early related to the group)……the particular dog I was interested in the original “story” on it was “oh the poor dog has had a hard life” the next communication it was apparent the dog actually had a great life just unfortunate circumstance meant the owner had to give it up.
    I reluctantly agreed to the home inspection, the “interviewer” told me they had to to stop people getting bait dogs or fight dogs (I think thats just an excuse) and then I was advised the “dog they had chosen for me” was available for a meet n great at any time…..not the dog I was interested in, but the dog THEY had chosen for me (which was not the dog I had applied for).
    Again, when they called to arrange the meet and great with a dog THEY had chosen for me, it again was not the one I was interested in.
    And from what I have read sometimes the reasons behind not accepting an applicant, such as inadequate fencing, or the owner is not home all day etc, are not always valid because that applicant would most likley compensate for the inadequencies
    I often read posts/blogs from resuces – they state it should be about rescuing the dog and we the adoptor should just take what we are given…….that may work for some people but most people need to feel a connection, after all when you go buy a house it has to have the right feeling, and it is the same with committing to an animal
    The whole experience has put me off adopting through any rescue groups…..

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      It amazes me how a rescue would make it difficult for someone working in the veterinary industry to adopt a dog. I mean, come on! I would adopt a dog to you in an instant!

    2. Wow, that’s a pretty sad experience. 🙁

      I can understand a rescue suggesting another dog if the original dog you chose was no longer available, or not the right match, but for them to move full steam and attempt to adopt out a dog you never chose is ludicrous.

      I agree, you need to feel a connection to any animal you adopt. Anyone telling you different needs to give their head a shake.

      1. Lindsay Stordahl

        Yeah, I could see them suggesting another dog if the original wasn’t available, like you said. Of if they thought another might be a good fit as an option.

        1. I can understand it too – but I had a male and wanted another male (I had just lost another male about 10 months earlier). Both my MOTH (man of the house) and I specifically wanted a male. I knew that males were harder to re-home for a start and of this particular breed, with my experience over the years dealing with them I have always found the males to be soft clowns! Also over the years with contact with behaviour vets (and I am also studying animal behaviour medicine myself now) I know statistically speaking in a household “sibling rivalry” situation 2 males are least likely to fight…….they had “fitted” me with a female the first time and according to the interviewer, the one I had applied for was not even mentioned, with another couple of female lined up as possible substitues.
          The interviewer was great and she thought it was great I wanted a male and my reasons (although she wasnt convinced about the 2 males least likely to fight)…….at the time the dog I wanted to adopt was stilllavailable.
          The rescue groups seem to have a template they work with, which I think is great in an effort to match people up – especially for novice dog owners….but its a template only, and shouldnt necessarily be a rule

    3. One who was rejected.

      It’s ridiculous for any rescue to pick out your dog for you. You wouldn’t let anyone else pick out your spouse for you. You wouldn’t let a stranger like your Mayor tell you what what aspects in a husband or wife are best suited for you personally. You wouldn’t let the Principle of your school pick out your best friend for you. Pets are members of the family. You are the only one who knows what makes you tick. You only, know what you are looking for in your companion. So only you can pick out your dog companion.

  12. If I’d been completely honest on the application when adopting Bear, I would have written that I lived in an apartment in a different state (call it idiotic, but I wanted my dog to become used to the fam in the initial adjustment period–something that’s paid off massively). Instead, I used the family home as a ‘decoy’ home. I can see the point of a home/yard check but, at the same time, if someone’s going to go to the trouble of adopting a dog for nefarious purposes, I don’t see why they wouldn’t go that extra step.

    That said, I think the ‘shelter drop off’ sounds like a cool idea. Less to check out the home (aside from the above, I used to live with five other people; our dogs are well-loved and walked, la-dee-da, but the place can look like a sanctuary one day and a pig sty another), and more to check out the interaction with the potential owners/dog in their home environment. I guess if you stumble upon I Hate Dogs Weekly or something, there’s a bonus there. And if you haven’t stressed enough that the dog is an escape artist or something, then I guess you could press the issue one more time.

  13. I don’t find it particularly helpful for a home visit to take place, mainly because if a person really wanted the dog, all they would have to do would be to make their home seem like a good environment for the dog even though it might not really be that way. In other words, a home visit would not be a very good representative of what everyday life would be for the dog. I do believe however that something different could be done to ensure that the dog is in a good home. Not sure what the answer is, but a start might be to have the adopter sign a paper stating that they will bring the dog into the shelter or rescue a week after adoption, then a month after, six months, etc. If the dog seems to be mistreated in any way, the signed paper would state that the shelter may take it back. This might discourage at least dogfighters who would not want to wait six months to “use” the dog for their purposes.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Thank you for the thoughtful comment. I think we need to put more trust in adopters. We can’t make sure every single home is perfect. There’s really know way to know.

  14. I agree with many of the points in the article alright but it still doesnt explain why I got refused because my boyfriend was not enthusiastic enough!! At the end of the day, the shelter were so quick to judge me and my boyfriend and it was their loss! I now have a great little doggy (which I got from a breeder unfortunately) who is loving life!!

  15. Lindsay Stordahl

    Cathy,

    While I do not believe in home visits, I respect your opinion. Could you please post a link to the article you are referring to? I do not like to re-publish full articles on my blog due to duplicate content/copyright issues. If you’d like to summarize the article, that would be fine. Thank you for understanding.

  16. Though I do understand why shelters/rescues but also feel sometimes it may be unnecessary. I also think some rescues should ease up on other rules. A close friend of mine a few years ago had adopted a dog from a rescue organization. They had mentioned the dog was slightly shy when meeting new people (completely understandable). They forgot to mention she was skittish and afraid of any noise even a pencil falling to the ground would cause the dog to run and try to seek shelter. After many months of trying to get her at ease and happy the dog wasn’t happy because they lived in a busy street area. The dog was miserable and needed a more peaceful place to be. They returned the dog to the shelter and explained their reasoning especially since one of the owners had gotten severely hurt when the dog pulled her to the ground one day when on a walk due to a car that passed by. Few months later they tried to adopt another dog, but they were told they didn’t place any dogs with any one who had given up a dog, and they previously had even volunteered in the rescue group.

    Obviously by being shut down by the rescue they decided to take in a dog from a family acquaintance who was no longer able to keep the dog.

    I really feel that the screening process for these people who have adopted,rescued, and even volunteered their time for rescue groups and have many references of how good “animal lovers” they are should have the ability to be able to adopt. I understand the reasoning for not wanting to place a dog with someone who may have surrendered a dog previously but sometimes some people do it for the good of the dog.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Such a good example of why every situation is unique. I can understand the rescue/shelter point of view as well, but I think most of these groups could stand to ease up even slightly on their requirements. I have volunteered for the last 7 years with various rescue groups, and I know I would be rejected from adopting for silly reasons like not vaccinating my indoor cats annually.

  17. I know this thread is a few years old but I have been searching for answers since we adopted our cat last November. This is our 3rd rescue animal and the organization is a nightmare. They have done 2 home visits, the original visit when they did a walk through and dropped the cat off to us, then 2 weeks later a follow up to make sure everything was ok and to sign the contract. Now 3 months later they are insisting on another wellness check. We jumped through hoops and paid ALOT of money for this cat just so we could support this organization while finding an new member of the family. The contract says the group reserves the right for either in person or phone contact. But it does not say for infinity. We have fulfilled the contractual obligations and do not want this group to feel like they can come out to see our cat forever. Thoughts?? So frustrated.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Pretty darn frustrating. I suppose legally they might be able to take the cat back since you signed the contract. I would assume they think they’re truly just looking out for the cat and they mean no harm, but this is ridiculous. You could ask them if they have any specific concerns. Maybe call the president of the rescue on the phone and politely say the cat is doing well and she’s a great family member. A phone call (vs email) can go a long way so they hear your voice and intent. But seriously … they sound nuts. I’m sorry you have to deal with this.

  18. I agree with this article.

    I went to a shelter today and was told I need to provide 5 years of renting history, tax returns, allow a background check and a home visit.

    This is for 4 year old cat who was abandoned.

    There is not one entity on this planet with that much information on me except me and software that can compile it from web searches.

    I think there is much more at work here than protecting the cat. I think it’s a stand these shelters have taken to protect themselves, like its their one grasp of power they can keep on society within the situation.

    In this light, the animals still remain objectified and imprisoned. If they let the animals go too easily, they lose the power.

    They can stand behind some heart warming front, but at the end of the day the animal is in a cage eating low quality food, and the shelters ego has been fulfilled by holding onto that power.

    I will not release this private information to false prophets, nor let them into my home, and they will keep breeders in business with their stance.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Ugh, how awful that they’re making it so hard. I hope you can find a shelter/rescue that is not that picky. Poor animals that are stuck in that place.

  19. We are looking around for an adult cat. We just had to put down our 17-year old black cat, Junior. Junior was a rescue cat as well as all the other pets we have had. I have never had a home visit from anyone yet. I also don’t want one. If they are that picky, I will definitely search until I find a cat on my own without these so called well-meaning wack jobs. A cat or a dog is a pet, yes a member of the family, but a pet, not a human baby.

  20. I will always do home visits. Not only do you have people holding cameras down low so you can’t see the part of the fence that your dog is going to get out of and hit by a car, and not only is this indicative of how your dog will be treated / kept safe in the future in their care, but rescues like ours are not “in” possession of over a hundred animals at a time. So we don’t “have” to take the same kind of chances that they do, and why would we? Our dogs are not on a euth list, and we couldn’t take all the euth list dogs in if we tried. So what we have is what we have, and we’re going to make sure that the dogs in our care end up in what we deem (and we have that right) an appropriate match for him or her. To do anything less would be irresponsible on our parts whether it bothers some people or not. Our job is to rescue animals whose lives suck right now – and to get them into homes where we can say with certainty they will be for the entirety of their lives, receiving the best “we” can give them, through that careful match making. Love, attention, veterinary care and safe keeping. It’s our job. Stop asking us to do less for the animals in our care.

  21. Okay, Angela but not all home visits are equal. I’m dealing with a rescue right now and the lady’s attitude on the phone is very rude. I’ve passed the application process, all my references have been checked including our vet. I have owned dogs all my life, I have never given up a dog. The dog I’m trying to adopt is over ten years old. The fee is five hundred dollars. My visit is tomorrow and I’ll tell you, it is invasive. I understand the need for it too but, there is also a need to put people in place who do come into our homes, who have some modicum of people skills too. This woman scares me. She is not someone I would normally invite into my home but, nonetheless I’m stuck with her and she has all power of yes or no over us. We are GREAT dog owners, very responsible and I have dealt with breeders in the past and gone through this process just fine. Not all home visits are equal. I do wish that some idea of what they are looking for when they come into MY home was told to us ahead of time. We have a huge fenced yard, is that all they want to see? Our home is not huge. I am afraid I will be rejected just because this woman is on a power trip. I said to her on the phone very nicely “I’m looking forward to meeting you.” She replied in a snide and snotty manner ‘Oh, I just bet you are.” And you know what? She did that to throw her weight around, to intimidate. This dog is a great fit for us right now and a perfect fit for this dog. I’ve spoken to the foster already. All hangs on the word of this one woman who I do worry can say “No” for capricious reasons without cause just to feel power over and you and I both know there ARE people like that in rescue right now. It has been a very long and arduous process and this is the second time I’ve been through it. Sadly, next time, I’ll just go to a breeder. Rescue fees are high and the requirements are just as stringent. With a breeder, I know what I’m getting into with a puppy. This is just sad because I’m hearing more and more people saying the same thing. Yes, a home visit is too invasive. Someone who is NOT a professional anything with any credentials is given the power to say yay or nay over your future and the future of the dog. You are asking us to trust a person we do not know too into our homes. A great vet recommendation should be enough. I have given three more references besides. That’s enough. I’m really uncomfortable having someone into my home, I do not know and who is judging my home and me in that manner when my references have all checked out as great. So you do keep on being so strident about this. This policy is driving people away from you are great dog families. Alternatively, would I be allowed into this woman’s home or to grill her as to her credentials regarding her ability to professionally judge my home? I think not and my guess is, she doesn’t have any.

      1. Thank you. I just feel if this person is not a social worker with some qualifications that I can trust, I don’t feel comfortable with that. Especially if she wants into all the bedrooms etc. I have excellent references and plenty of them. That should suffice.

    1. Olivia where are you? This didn’t happen in Tulsa, did it?

      Obviously I cannot speak for all rescuers. In fact I can only speak on ours. Most of what I myself am looking for is that they don’t have thirty animals hiding inside that they’re not telling us about. Do I need to see every single room? No not really but please don’t close and lock bedrooms. Actually just seeing that you’ve left doors open would be enough for me. I wouldn’t need to go in each one. I just want to know there aren’t animals hiding or six kids we don’t know about etc. The last home visit we did – We went in and the lady was using a cardboard box for a litter box, and the kittens she had were crapping all over the house because they’re too little to get up in there. She also had 3 cats she had gotten “since we spoke on the phone” and none of them had ever seen a vet. Two were very ill. This visit was for a potential foster. Obviously we turned her down. Her heart is in the right place, and we understood that, but we couldn’t take the chance of bringing a wounded kitty there to heal.

      I would never treat anybody the way you seem to be getting treated by this rescue you’re talking about. But I’ve met at least one rescuer that I will have nothing more to do with for the kinds of reasons you speak of as well, so I do know they are out there. I’m sorry that you’ve run into one of them. But do know there are rescuers out here who do in fact do home visits who could care less about the size of your home (unless you’re trying to adopt a great dane 🙂 and we don’t want to know every aspect of your life. We only want to know that our dogs are safe, and that’s it.

      Three references would be more than enough for me. Actually, seeing that you’ve kept up with the animals that you do have – that they’ve gotten their shots and have seen veterinarians for their ills would speak VOLUMES to me – to the point where the home visit is for no other reason than to make sure you’d be “willing” to let us in. I would rather expect that visit to be boring, as I would already have seen that you are a good dog owner on paper. I myself would be in your home for approximately five minutes. Meet the other animals there, meet any kids and watch you love on your dog while you talk. Good enough. Perfect. You’re in.

      Again I am sorry that you’ve run into a pissy rescue. But please don’t lump us all together. Some of us have gone into this business because we truly love and care about animals and care little about any authority that comes with that except in those conditions where it does in fact keep our dogs safer.

      Please understand that for most of us, home visits are quick and painless and just a final “yep looks good!” That is all they are “supposed” to be about. Consider the lady above who held a camera a certain way so she could hide stuff from the rescue. The reason we have to do home visits is HER!! Not you, understand, but people like her.

      It’s a funny thing you know – not one person aside from myself seems to have been bothered by what she did to try to hide holes in fences from the rescue. Nobody said a thing to her. But SHE is the reason why we must do what we do. Feel absolutely free to let her know that!!! She’s right here…. Her name is rachel. Anybody upset about that? Or just me? If it weren’t for people like her, we’d have no need my friend. But she / they exist, and so we must. Honestly – if we must shake fingers on this issue, they really need to point in her direction and those like her.

      Also, if you’re in Tulsa, don’t go to a breeder – Come talk to me!! I PROMISE our home visits will not be pushy and intrusive. I only want to meet the other pups and gauge their personalities / activity levels so I can match your dogs with an appropriate foster with similar activity levels etc, and maybe to see your kids pet them vs trying to rip off their tail 🙂 Give us five minutes, ten if we get into a fun convo, and we’re all done.

      We are not all the same.

  22. I think it incredibly thoughtless that I don’t even hear back from rescue groups. They just disappear from your life. For me, it’s clearly age discrimination. I have very good dog resume but am 70 and that tips the scales to anyone 10 or more years younger. The mantra is that ‘we are incredibly busy’ and that seems to excuse the need for common courtesy. I’m not asking for a long handwritten letter rejection letter. A simple e-mail will do. Something along the lines of we found a better family, old girl, and hope you will consider another one of our rescues in the future…if you’re still alive, that is.
    Packing my bags for a visit to the Lancaster puppy mills. They don’t care if my walker has a thousand miles on it, they just want my $$$$. The chances of a dog with health or temperament problems is equal to that of a rescue. Signed, Disgusted in Maryland

    1. We just are not all the same. Have you guys considered how dogs are treated during their “rescue”? What we do today is insanity. We take these dogs out of cages, yes they get to see a vet, but then we immediately re-cage them in an even more frightening / loud situation in the name of rescue. We are trying to change that, for the dogs. All I can say is that we can’t do what we are trying to do irresponsibly . It’s only about the adoption because it’s all about the rescue. With enough safe, responsible fosters, a lot of unnecessary trauma and pain could be spared. But we’re on about “the inconvenience of it all”. It breaks my heart. If it’s THAT big of a deal to you that nobody ever see your home, then yes I guess you do need to go to a puppy mill. ME – I’m not in it for all of that, I could care less what you have at your home unless you have 20 animals we didn’t know about. I care about the DOG I am TRYING to find a foster for. A home for. By all means if the biggest part of that process to you is the stupid home visit… I just think it’s a really silly reason to say you won’t give “that” dog a home. Oh no I won’t go through them they want to come inside of my house. What are you living in – Fort Knox??? Your “stuff” is so much better / special than anybody else’ “junk”? I hope some of this has just been for the sake of argument because I can’t wrap my mind around making a ten minute deal SO intrusive, SO unreasonable that you snub your nose at a dog you would otherwise love. Don’t get it. Ten minutes .. and you ainna doin it. Ok then.

  23. I do not agree with the home visit requirement that certain rescues impose. I know some have commented that the visit is no big deal; however for me, it is not the home visit itself that is concerning, it is the requirement of it. It is like being invited to a party – I want an invitation if even I can’t go. Don’t require the visit for applicants, open it up to all and decide after if you need this. I personally think it is an invasion of privacy but to each their own. I get my rescue dogs at the SPCA or Animal Control. They don’t require a home visit. Most people who want a rescue dog do not have nefarious intent and just want to save a dog and have family companion.

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