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7 Tips for Getting Approved By a Rescue

Rescues are fantastic organizations that help place many animals in need into homes all across the country.

They’re also notorious for being difficult to attain approval from. It’s the rescues’ job to ensure the pet is going to a home that can provide excellent and life-long care for each animal, so it’s reasonable that their standards are often high. You can help improve your chances of giving a dog or cat a home by taking a few simple steps. Follow these tips for getting approved by a rescue:

Fence in that Yard

A fenced yard is incredibly important when it comes to adopting a dog. They’re active creatures that need a safe space to run. Dogs cannot be cooped up all day but they can’t be trusted to run loose all over the neighborhood either. A yard helps to ensure that they have a place to play and exercise where they won’t be in danger. It’s a harsh, but necessary, requirement for most rescue organizations. If a fence isn’t possible, be prepared to show that your dog will get enough walks to satisfy his exercise requirements.

Research the Breed

Failing to research the dog or cat breed is one of the most common mistakes potential adopters make. Every breed has its own set of common personality and health traits that need to be taken into account. Can you handle the extremely high energy of a Border Collie? How about the medical bills of a hefty Great Dane? Too many people choose a breed of dog because they think it’s cute rather than for its compatibility with their lifestyle. A rescue will know if you haven’t done your research and will reject your application accordingly.

Show Effort

Getting a new pet is a daunting task and it’s important to show that you’re ready for the challenge. Seek out a veterinarian if you don’t already have one to show that you’re prepared. Pick out a trainer as well. Have these resources on hand before filling out the application to show that you know what you’ll need to get off to a great start. This will show the rescue you’re serious about providing a good home.
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Meet the Pet

Many rescues list their adoptable pets online or in advertisements. Don’t turn in an application based upon a picture and a few words written on Facebook. Take the time to meet with those who run the rescue and schedule some playtime with the animal first. This shows that you’re interested in that specific animal rather than how well he poses for a photo. It’ll also let you see whether or not that dog or cat meshes well with your family.

Ask a Lot of Questions

The rescue wants to know that you’re committed to providing a forever home. Put together a list of questions you have about the animal. You’ll want to ask about any behavioral or health issues that will need to be addressed and be prepared to explain how you’ll handle them. Ask about temperament, previous abuse and what the organization thinks will help set you and the animal up for success.

Provide Detailed Information

When filling out an adoption application, be thorough. Provide as many details as possible about your living situation, family experience and how you plan to care for the animal. Explain your previous experience with raising an animal, including training and exercise regiments. The more information you’re able to provide, the better you’ll look on your application.

Don’t be Discouraged

You’ll likely face rejection early on in your search for a new member of the household. Not every dog is going to be suitable for your family but there’s certainly one out there that would do wonderfully in your home. Don’t become discouraged if your first application is rejected. Continue your search and ask for suggestions from the rescue organizations on animals that might work better for your situation.

Ben Kerns

Ben Kerns is a freelance writer, photographer and outdoor adventurer based out of San Diego. When he’s not busy working you can find him hopping across the world looking for new places to climb big rocks. He’s also fanatically obsessed with funding his outdoor obsessions for as little money as possible.
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