Lots of animal rescues require a home visit prior to the adoption of one of their rescue animals. As a foster family, we often get asked what rescues look for in a home visit. It’s a pretty simple answer. (We touched on it briefly in Why Animal Rescues have a Set Adoption Process.)
Rescues are looking at Safety.
When a rescue requires a home visit, they’re not looking to judge your decorating skills, or really the cleanliness of your house. Although if the house is trashed, or really dirty, it’s not really a safe house for a new animal. If you don’t have time to do basic housekeeping, you probably don’t have time for a new animal.
They look for things like holes in fences, or fences that are too low, or other issues that may make them easy for the new animal to escape. Windows without latches or screens that may allow escape.
Exposed wires or debris and trash in the animal’s possible new environment that may pose a safety hazard.
House plants that are poisonous to animals that aren’t out of reach. Small items that could be potential choking hazards to animals laying within reach, such as pins, or needles, hair pins, coins, etc. In other words, is the house pet-proof?
Other things rescues look for in a home visit
Besides safety, rescues are looking to see how well behaved the other animals in the house are. If they’re scared, or friendly. If they are well taken care of and seem to be happy and friendly with everyone in the house. And how members of the family interact with both the current and the possible new animals.
They also like to see where the animal will be kept, and where other animals in the household are kept. And just to note, most animal rescues will not adopt animals to any family that has dogs tied up outside 24/7. Dogs wish to be part of the family, not a yard ornament. Where and how the dog will be exercised.
Home Visit Check List – this is from one animal rescue, it’s pretty extensive, but it gives you a good idea of how to make you home more animal rescue friendly.
Animal rescues aren’t trying to cause you problems. They just want to make sure that the animals will be safe, loved and well taken care of in their new homes.
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