What to Expect Next in the Adoption Process
1. What to Expect at the Meet-N-Greet
Meet-n-Greet's take place at a public location for the safety of all parties involved. We ask that all household residents be in attendance, including other dogs. The meet-n-greet provides the perfect opportunity to get to know your potential new pet and determine if he/she is a good fit for the entire family. Use this time to ask everything you need to know about the dog to make an informed decision. Keep in mind: you should have already asked your “deal-breaker” questions before the meet-n-greet.
Questions for the foster:
•Health and Safety
•Eat, Sleep, and Play Routines
•Behavior and Training
Interacting with the dog
•Practice Giving Cues
•Practice Walking the Dog
•Evaluate the Dog’s Energy Level
•Notice How the Dog Interacts With the Foster
2. What Comes Next?
By the end of the meet-n-greet, hopefully, you have a good idea of whether or not he/she is a good fit for your family and household. Before making a decision, we ask that you take the rest of the evening to discuss the adoption with your family. Whether you wish to adopt or not, please call or email your adoption counselor the following day with your decision.
METTA Rescue Family will also take this time to get the fosters perspective on the potential adoptive family. If all parties agree that it's a match made in doggy heaven, we will move on to the Home Check.
3. The Home Check
We understand that you may be nervous about a home visit. Relax – we're not there to judge your home decor color scheme or make sure you’ve dusted everything. This home visit is to ensure that this adoption is going to be successful. The best way to do this is by having an in-house conversation, as well as a pair of trained eyes that will help you eliminate any potential problems around your house and yard.
What are we looking for?
In general, we are looking to see that the home is safe for the dog. If you have a fenced yard, we will inspect it with fresh eyes for any possible escape routes. Maybe your gate is sagging, or you have a stack of firewood piled against the back corner, which a dog might use as a ladder and escape the yard. These are easy fixes, and it’s the volunteer's job to point them out to you.
Please be aware that we do ask the volunteer to snap photos of the house inside and out so if there are any things that need to be fixed, we have a reference to look back on.
4. The Adoption
If the family, foster, and rescue all agree that this is the best home for the dog, we will collect a signed adoption contract and the adoption donation. Arrangements will be made for your new fur-friend to come home!