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Update Rescue group is doing a home visit what should I expect

Also do you think they would reject us because we live in a townhouse? 

We have been approved to adopt!  Now its just about finding the right dog for us.   

Re: Update Rescue group is doing a home visit what should I expect

  • What kind of dog are you looking for to adopt? I'd say they probably want to see your living space, where the dog will be kept and what type of environment you have. If you have a townhouse, that is probably fine for a low maintenance dog, especially if you don't have a yard with a fence. I don't think that automatically disqualifies you, but a home visit will definitely help the rescue group determine the best dog for your family and environment. 
  • We are working with an English Springer Spaniel rescue group. 
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    We are working with an English Springer Spaniel rescue group. 

    I think those are pretty high energy dogs. I would come up with an exercise plan (walk X distance three times a day, dog daycare, dog park trips, etc.), so they can be assured that you're aware of the breed's exercise needs and are prepared to meet them despite not having a yard. 

  • I've done a couple of home visits for rescues in the past. I was mostly asked to verify that the people's applications were truthful. Did they really have a yard? Were there children (or evidence of children) when they had claimed they didn't have any? 

  • I agree with redhead, I would come up with an exercise plan for a potential dog. 
  • We do have an exercise plan for our dog.  Morning one hour walk & outside playtime & evenings 2 hour walk with outside playtime. My boyfriend works part time so the dog would not be alone all day.  We also plan on taking our dog to our friends house for doggy play dates & bringing our dog with us when we go to the park on weekends/days off. 
  • I won't lie, it depends on the rescue.  A lot of people have had bad experiences with rescues that have their heads up their butts.  A reasonable rescue will want to know how you plan on making sure the dog has enough exercise and will work with you on what needs to be fixed/changed if things are not ideal.  

    I mostly want to meet the people and make sure their home isn't a death trap.  I will want to know where the dog will be spending time, and I point out things that might get broken by a rambunctious dog, or any poisonous plants they need to be aware of. 

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  • I work for two animal rescues (one cat shelter and one dog shelter) that both do home visits.  The dog rescue I work with does a home visit before the adoptions whereas the cat rescue does the home visit after the adoption.  Most rescues that do home visits starting doing home visits due to a large amount of returns of the animals or having problems with the adoptive families.  Neither one of the shelters I work with started out doing home visits until we started having issues with the adoptive families like the animals were found being mistreated or abandoned somewhere and having them returned to us.  

    That being said, requiring a home visit is nothing personal towards you at all.  It's a responsible thing for the shelter to do since most who work at rescues are volunteers and only have the animals' best interests in mind.  It's also just a way for the staff of the rescue to make sure the dog is going to the best possible place he can go.  Also, the fact that you live in a townhouse shouldn't effect their decision much.  It should influence their decision in a positive way (if at all) since you aren't living in a small apartment or anything like that and trying to get a decent sized and energetic dog.

    Most of the time, things that they are looking for is a safe environment for the dog, no noticeable issues, signs of abuse, hoarding situations or anything like that and that you have enough room for a dog.  They're also probably making sure that you were honest with certain things on your paperwork and whatever else you may have mentioned in your interview (if you had one).  If they haven't done an interview with you in person yet, you can expect to have some form of one during the home visit. 

     The fact that you've already made an exercise schedule, planning on having doggy play dates and all that for your new furbaby will show the people at the rescue that you are serious about having a dog, have the dogs best interest in mind and want to provide a dog in need with a loving forever home.  You shouldn't have a problem at all and the home visit will reassure the staff at the rescue that you will make a great adoptive family.

  •  Our interview is tomorrow I will post an update.
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