Re: Home Checks: Invading Privacy or Good Idea
Having spent many years in rescue and doing adoptions, I understand the need for carefully selecting prospective homes. But I think some of this is a bit much....
You definitely don't want to place a huge dog in a small apartment and the home check is reasonable, because the reality is...people lie. Way more than I'd like to think. I've seen many pets come back because the shelter I worked for didn't do home checks or always check with landlords or vets.
As far as I'm concerned, references are useless and don't know why anyone bothers with them for pet adoptions, jobs, etc. You won't give a reference that's going to say anything bad. Unless you're very skilled at questioning them and interpreting answers, you get very little out of them.
I understand why a rescue would want to ensure that someone is financially stable, but I don't think they're entitled to know how much you make. And I think it's going too far to even confirm employment. I think you can get a sense about the financial situation from the conversation. I know I could, and then would make sure to initiate conversation about how much it costs to own a pet and bring up all the things they might not have thought about.
As far as her comment about not allowing strangers in the house, but I think she's being a bit paranoid. Exercise caution, don't agree if the person gives you a bad vibe and even if you get a good vibe, make sure there's a couple adults in the house when they come. Her kids are probably scared of their shadow when they're anywhere but home.
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