bruins682001 asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

How does the dog adoption process work?

My wife and I are thinking about adopting a dog, but I am not sure how the process works. We are kind of iffy about whether our apartment complex allows pets. There are people that have them and there is a part in our lease that says that we can't have pets, but there is also a pet addendum that says that we can. How does the adoption process work? Does the shelter try to contact my apartment complex to confirm information or what?

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  • Elle
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    The shelter will want proof that you are allowed dogs. The process varies depending on where you adopt your dog. If you go to your local humane society they are so overwhelmed with dogs, they normally will just look up your complex and give them a call to make sure it's ok. You fill out your paperwork get a dog license and you're on your way with your new pet. However some of the nonprofit private shelters are a little more strict. They may want to make sure the dog is a good fit with you, the may do home visits both before and after you get your dog, request to see your vet records to make sure the dog is getting health care. It varies from place to place, but it is worth it, I have 2 dogs that I adore one of them from the local SPCA and they are the greatest companions.

  • 1 decade ago

    It all depends on the specific organization that you decide to go through. Some rescues will flat-out not adopt a dog out to someone who lives in an apartment since ownership can change within the management and thus, pet regulations can change.

    The best I can suggest is to look into the shelter or rescues in your area and find out what their specific guidelines are. Furthermore, there is going to be more than just house approval, there are often reference checks, house checks, and meetings between the dog and the whole family to make sure the personalities match.

    Good luck, I hope you find the dog just right for you!

  • 1 decade ago

    You may want to see if pets are OK, somewhere down the road some Bimbo/Jerk may complain. Then, where I live we Adopt for $50 and this includes a Certificate to a Vet to have the animal Spayed/Neutered which it has to be done. That not a bad deal, mainly the adoption fee is to have the animal "Fixed"! My sister had a pet shop years ago and we worked with the Shelter to find homes for the animals. She got so many Dogs now it crazy, but, she loves animals and tries to do what she can to make a real difference. Many talk, very few do!

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    5 years ago

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    How does the dog adoption process work?

    My wife and I are thinking about adopting a dog, but I am not sure how the process works. We are kind of iffy about whether our apartment complex allows pets. There are people that have them and there is a part in our lease that says that we can't have pets, but there is also a pet addendum...

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  • 4 years ago

    As a volunteer at a shelter that does home assessments, we look for the following. - If your house is clean, a messy house can be a hazard to some dogs especially if it is a young dog, and like a child everything goes into their mouths. - They want to see that no cords are accessible to the dog to chew on. - They will ask you about sleeping arrangements. Some of them will require a crate, others will leave it up to you, but just want to know that all people in the house are in agreement. For example you don't want to say he can sleep on the bed or on the furniture and your partner be totally against it. - They will look that you have adequate space for the breed of dog.( wouldn't want a saint bernard in a one room apt.) - Do you have a yard, is it fenced? some groups require a fenced in yard, others do not as long as you agree to always put the dog on a leash when outside or put it on a strong outside cable if unattended. - If you have any other pets they want to make sure they are taken care of well and may want to see updated vet records. Also they usually require that the dogs meet and will get along first. -They will ask you a few questions, go over simple safety concerns etc. Be honest in your answers, when your nervous and telling lies it is noticeable and if they sense something is up then they won't give you the dog. Good luck and I hope you get your dog!

  • 1 decade ago

    The adoption process varies from shelter to shelter, but they will always ask you to fill out an adoption application. Rescues should conduct a homevisit. You should directly contact your landlord to ask for written permission. Don't adopt without written permission.

    If he is hesitant, you can further ask that he make a special exception for responsible owners through the AKC Canine Good Citizen program.

    Source(s): Bad rep rescue: founder and volunteer Therapy Dog handler
  • 1 decade ago

    My friend adopted a dog last week they sent an inspector tp her house to see that the dog would have enough room and that it is safe for him.Then if you pass the test they give the dog a check up and you pick it up.My friend has a HUGE garden though I'm not sure about apartments you would have to get a really small dog like a Yorkie or a jack russel.

    Good Luck!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, the shelter will need proof (with a phone call or with a letter on company letterhead from the landlord) before they will adopt any animal to anyone that rents.

    If the shelter does not require that, check with your landlord BEFORE you adopt, or the dog may be homeless again.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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    When I do a house check for my rescue dogs I have a friendly chat with the prospective new owner in their home. We chat about dogs, rescue, feeding, exercise, vet costs, their former dogs etc., What I need to know usually comes up in the course of conversation without me needing to ask questions. People who are keen to adopt happily volunteer information. They want to show me where the dog will sleep and they want us to take a walk around around the yard together. I check the fencing to make sure it's high enough and in reasonable condition and that there's nothing in the yard that's a danger to the dog....such as sharp sheets of iron/tin. If there is something I draw attention to it and ask that they remove it. I usually recommend they padlock their gate so the dog doesn't have free access to the front yard and there is no danger of anyone coming in and leaving the gate open.. Most of the important questions are asked by me when people first contact me about a dog so I'm already armed with knowledge of their ideas about what they consider is appropriate care of dogs. I don't go around checking out rooms in people's homes. It's not my business if they keep a tidy house or not and the dog sure won't care. Most people are not stupid, they soon learn to keep their stuff safely away from the dog. I'm always available to the people who take one of my dogs. They know they can call me at any time and they know I will always take the dog back if they ever need to rehome it. Don't worry at all about a house check. All they want to know is that your place is safe for the dog and that you'll take good care of him/her. I've made good friends with a couple of my house check people, we meet up for a coffee at an outside cafe with our dogs or to take them for a run in the park or the beach. ADD: I'm a very small time rescuer. I rescue Rottweilers and take only one dog at a time into my home to train and prepare it for adoption.

  • 1 decade ago

    Not usually. Every shelter is different. I think typical is that they ask you what your living arrangements are like and leave it at that. Obviously you will need a breed that does not require a ton of running around outside. There are a few shelters that actually do on-site visits to your house/apartment, but I think that is fairly rare.

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