|Barked: Sat Feb 16, '13 2:41am PST |
|The screening isn't anything tough. It sounds exactly like what the humans society does where I live. In fact, petsmart usually teams up with the local HS to get those pups and kitties to the store where they will be seen. It sounds like your local rescue is using the find your match color system. Basically, they have assessed the personality and temprement of the available animals and they know the dog, in your case, they just want to find a match for you that won't be too terrible for wither side.
A screening is simple. It is usually a questionaire. YOu'll see questins like this:
How many hours a day are you home?
Are you an active person or sedentary?
How old are you?
Do you have other animals in the home, how many, what kinds, what ages and what genders?
How big is your home?
Do you rent or own?
Do you have a backyard?
How many hours a week are you willing to spend grooming?
Is there anyone in your home other than you?
Are there persons under 18?
Are there persons over 65?
Do you plan on having children in the next 5 years?
How long have you lived at your address?
DO you describe your home environment as: busy, with lots of people coming and going all the time, insular, with only occasional well known visitors.
Do you want to participate in dogs sports: lure coursing, agility, schutzhund, nosework, flyball, canine dance
It's mostly questions like that. Sometimes they will ask for employment or income, but not everyone. Private groups do more than shelters. Please answer screening honestly. ODn't worry about the questions of backyard size. A shelter usually won't mind if you don't have one, but they'll steer you towards picks that will do well in apartments. Screening does 2 things: it helps match a person with an animal, and it helps you and the shelter finalize the thought of getting another pet. OUr HS uses the color system which rally helps, when we got taggert, the screening questions helped us narrow down the available dogs to ones that were most likely to fit. It narrowed things down because most of the hard questions were answered for us, and all we had to do was go through and pick the one we wanted. In our case, we wanted a specific size and gender, and there were only two that day that fit all of our criteria and our screening color.
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