Home Visits

Home Visit Report

Thank you for helping with the home visit screening for DIBS!
Please contact the applicant directly to arrange a time that works for you, as well as them.  We do ask that their entire family be present for the meeting, as we want to get to know everyone that will interact with the rescue dog.

If the applicants are comfortable with it, please feel free to take your own dog with you.
Reminder, this is intended as a meeting to find out more about the applicant.  We ask that screeners not discuss specific dogs, make recommendations or over-share.

Thanks!

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Home Visit Report

Online form to be completed for applicants home visit.
  • Volunteer Info

  • Dog Info

  • Sometimes this differs from the dog they apply for.
  • Applicant Info

  • DIBS requires interaction from everyone who will be around the dog on a daily basis. If someone is absent, we may need to do another phone interview.
  • Often, someone in the family is less keen, and it's important to understand why.
  • Outside Info

  • Type, height, condition, etc
  • House Info

  • Is it in good repair, clean, neat, no debris on the floor, hazardous substances out of reach of the dog?
  • Is it in good repair, clean, neat, no debris on the floor, hazardous substances out of reach of the dog?
  • Ask to see.
  • Ask to see.
  • Family Dynamics

    Don't ask - just gauge from interaction

Outside Info
Describe the street:*
Describe the environment*
Do they have a yard?
Would you feel comfortable leaving your dog in their yard?
Is it fenced?
Describe the fence
House Info
Will the dog have access to the basement?
Describe the basement
Will the dog have access to the garage?
Describe the garage
Where will the dog be kept during the day?
Where will the dog be kept during the night?
Any other concerns inside the house?
Family Dynamics
Describe behavior of children in relation to adults, to other children and to any pets, if applicable:
Are they excited to have a dog?
Any special needs, unusual circumstances or concerns that we should consider?
Would you feel comfortable leaving your dog with the applicant? Explain:
Describe any other pets in the home, if applicable. Are they spayed/neutered? Where do they eat, sleep, etc. How is their behavior?
Describe the interaction of the applicant, the family and existing pets to your dog, if applicable. Be as detailed as possible.
Have the applicant describe “a day in the life” (normal routine, home a lot, exercise routine, working hours alone, etc.)
How many hours would the dog be on their own, and how would they break up the day, if it was more than 4 hours at a time?
Do they have any “expertise” they can call on (family, neighbor, friends, internet, DIBS Rescue)?
Comments or anything else we should know?