|Barked: Tue Apr 10, '12 1:49am PST |
|I am also from northern IL and I have never had a problem adopting or fostering from local rescues or shelters although I have to admit I mostly have adopted small animals.
However I did also foster several dogs I was interested in too when I was looking to adopt. One was from an all-breed shelter/rescue, the others from a breed specific rescue, and I was approved with no problem. Those programs did a "foster to adopt" thing where either if you were interested in a dog you foster the dog first and then decide if you want to adopt them; or in the case of the breed rescue they would pick dogs that they thought would fit what you are looking for and ask if you wanted to foster them, and if you decide to adopt them you sign the adoption papers and pay the fee. If not they let you know when another dog comes in that they think would be a good match. I fostered two dogs with that group.
Most of the rescues/shelters I've dealt with, I just filled out a form, emailed with the people a few times, maybe talked to them on the phone to answer some questions and was approved to adopt. Maybe they contacted my references as well, I'm not sure. For some reason I've never had a home visit, even when the group said they do them on their website so I expected them to do one. Possibly some groups only do that if there are questionable answers on the forms or something, or if the person seems like they don't want them to do a home visit? (I would have been totally fine with one.) I don't know.
Sure, they sometimes have long questionnaires to fill out but once that was done with I had no trouble. To me the forms are no big deal because I'm weird and actually don't mind filling out questionnaires.
I also have adopted out foster/rescues of my own so I know that they are doing it with the best interest of the animal in mind because I always asked a lot of questions and required home visits and so on as well.
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