|Barked: Sun Apr 21, '13 7:32pm PST |
|Is there any way you can contact your landlords and ask for a photocopy of your lease, as you have lost it and it's good to keep one on hand just in case anything happens anyway? Then you can make another copy and highlight the part about allowing dogs.
You can also ask for written/signed consent from the landlord to hand in with your adoption application to the rescue as reassurance that you are allowed dogs where you live. They may contact your landlord despite this, but you can still try to get around any problems with this method and the added reassurance that they can call and confirm it.
Also, many rescues will not adopt to someone who does not have access to a fenced in yard, but some still do on a case-by-case basis dependent on the applicant and what qualities override that. You can go over what you'll do without access to a yard to meet exercise requirements and bathroom break needs in your application, or during the interview process. Usually the home check is more to confirm that you were honest on the application and committed to the dog.
Because it's a multi-family household, you should also make it clear that this decision has been agreed upon by all parties living in the home.
Keep in mind that they may not like the idea of you taking the dog into a school yard, however, as these are often restricted from allowing dogs(by many laws), and could be potential for a safety hazard. Dog specific fenced in parks are better, or on leash walks will be far better for most rescue dogs. Keep in mind too, that many rescues will state whether or not their dog is good off leash and some will have a no-exception rule that they would prefer potential adopters DO NOT allow the dogs off leash.
Many rescues are very strict in their adoption process. Just remember not to take it personally and to show your commitment. If you're willing or want to attend some classes of some sort with the dog, tell them that too! The reason rescues can be so difficult to adopt from is because they want to be sure their dogs are going to the right forever home, and they don't want the dog to end up homeless again, so they'll do everything they can to weed people out to ensure the best possible homes. If they find you unfit, don't take it personally - ask why, then move on to try another rescue, or even a shelter.
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