Here is an example of what you may see on an adoption application, many questions are asked as they want to be sure the cat or dog is going to a good home and will not run the risk of being brought back.

Home Number:
Work Number:
Cell Phone:
Birth date:

No. of people in the household:
No. of children:
Age (s) of children:

Please explain your reasons for wishing to adopt a dog.

For whom are you adopting a dog? For you or for someone else?

Is there a specific dog that you would like to adopt? If yes, why do you want to adopt this dog?

What qualities are you looking for in a dog?

What experience do you have as a dog owner?

List all present and past pets you have been responsible for as an adult.

If your have been a dog owner, what happened to your dog (s).

Tell us about your previous dog(s).

Where do you live? house, apartment, condominium or townhouse?

Do you own or rent your home?

How long have you lived at your current address?

In what type of lifestyle do you want your dog to live? Inside, outside, both?

Where would the dog be kept primarily? (house, yard, garage, other)

Where would the dog be sleeping?

Do you have a yard? If yes, is the yard fenced? If your yard is not fenced, would you be prepared to have the yard fenced?

If you have children, have they ever been around animals?

Do they understand how to treat an animal?

Is any member of your family allergic to dogs?

List all members of your household. And which one will be primarily responsible for the care of this pet?

Do you currently have any pets? And if so, what pets do you have?

What are their ages? What are their temperaments?

Who is your veterinarian?

What is your veterinarians phone number?

Please list three (3) pet references with phone numbers, not including your vet.

Do you have dog training experience? And if so, what training do you have?

What canine behaviour would you find totally unacceptable and why?

Describe your method of disciplining a dog? Example: You have just come into the kitchen to find the garbage has been ransacked or the dog has had an accident in the house or apartment.

Are you willing to seek guidance/attend classes with your adopted dog, should you experience behavioural challenges?

How many hours of the day will a dog be alone? And why?

How many walks will the dog get per day?

Describe the exercise program that you have in mind for your dog?

What type of food will you feed your adopted dog? How often?

How will your dog be cared for if you have to be away from home for an extended period of time on vacation or for business?

Check any of the following reasons you would give your dog away

  • Fleas
  • Getting married or divorced
  • Allergies
  • Chews or destroys objects
  • Too expensive
  • Children no longer care for it
  • Having a baby
  • Moving where no pets allowed
  • Other

Approximately how much do you think a dog will cost per year?

If your dog needs surgery and the fee exceeds $1-2000, what would you do?

What are your thoughts on Pet Insurance?

Would you have any objection to someone from our agency coming to your home to conduct a home check prior to the adoption of a dog?


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