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Old 06-03-2011, 12:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Preparing a home for a rescue inspection

So we may be adopting a rescue dog in a month or so and I was just wondering, when a rescue comes to see your house for an inspection as part of the rescue process, should I get all of the things a dog needs and set them out where we would keep them (i.e. food/water dish, crate, toys, treats, leash .ect)? or should we wait until the adoption is confirmed?

Also is there anything else we should make sure of for when they would come to look? Other than making sure the house was clean and 'dog-proofed'?

Thank you for all the advice ^^
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think you need to necessarily put everything out and in place. I would dog proof and then ask if they have any other suggestions for further proofing after the evaluation is done. Don't forget to proof the yard as well and give the fence line a thorough check. Thanks for rescuing!
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I do home inspections/interviews. I wouldn't care if you had everything out if you don't have any other dogs. Our home visit is more a chance to see you in your home and talk with you about what you're looking for in a dog. I do look for things that are dangerous, of course, but I'm more trying to see what type of dog (if any) will be a good fit for your lifestyle.

I did do one interview where the house and yard were completely immaculate, and that concerned me. We talked about it with the family, and we figured out that they wanted everything to be completely clean all the time, and the grass had to be perfect out in the yard, etc. Between that unrealistic expectation and some other red flags we declined them.

Just be yourself. If you are a good home for a Doberman the rescue will know it.
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I also do home checks, and frankly I could care less if your house is "neat", I'm mainly concerned with the people themselves. I agree with MeadowCat, it is more about getting a feel for the type of dog you are looking for. We do always inspect the fence and yard. We encourage all our adopters to doggy proof their homes, but I don't expect it to be "perfect" for the home visit. If you do have other pets, it's also an opportunity for us to see how that pet behaves and how you interact with them. Good luck, and thank you for wanting to rescue.
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I do home inspections/interviews. I wouldn't care if you had everything out if you don't have any other dogs. Our home visit is more a chance to see you in your home and talk with you about what you're looking for in a dog. I do look for things that are dangerous, of course, but I'm more trying to see what type of dog (if any) will be a good fit for your lifestyle.

I did do one interview where the house and yard were completely immaculate, and that concerned me. We talked about it with the family, and we figured out that they wanted everything to be completely clean all the time, and the grass had to be perfect out in the yard, etc. Between that unrealistic expectation and some other red flags we declined them.

Just be yourself. If you are a good home for a Doberman the rescue will know it.

Yeah, a perfect home is a red flag.
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I do home checks as well. I take my inspiration from FEMA's "safe, sanitary, secure" policy and check out the premises to make sure that the specific Dobe the adopter is interested in will be safely contained by those premises.

I don't care if you have Picasso on your walls or pix of Elvis on black velvet; I don't care if the kitchen is spotless or has some dishes in the sink. I want to see if your home will keep the garbage can away from the dog(s), if it provides a safe place for the dog to "den up" if he's not feeling social, and, if the dog has to spend any time outside unattended, that he will be safe from theft, escape or the elements.

Best wishes for a successful and happy DoberAdoption.
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...I did do one interview where the house and yard were completely immaculate, and that concerned me...
I did one like that, too and was getting quite concerned about the whole "Sleeping With the Enemy" vibe of the house, when I started spying small signs of lived-in-ness.

When I got to the expensive cherry doors that had beat-up, well-used cat scratchers dangling from the doorknobs, I felt better


And they turned out to be a lovely family, once the interview progressed!
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