RESCUE CANDIDATE HISTORY TAKING
The interview and history takinq (from owner)
Put people at ease
Take the time necessary - Do Not Rush
Observe the dog and the owner / interactions
Ask Questions, Questions, Questions!!! When you talk with the people that want to give up their dog for adoption, be confident and at ease (even though you may not feel that way). Remember item 1) at all times. Do not leave without completing the aggression screen included in your package. Have copies of the aggression screen in your car, purse, everywhere you may need to grab one in a pinch. You must find out the answers to these questions.
Have owner themselves fill out the aggression screen. DO NOT CALL IT AN AGGRESSION SCREEN. You may call it a history screen. If you are not comfortable that the owner is being honest with you, get a second opinion before walking away with their dog as a potential adoption candidate.
If you find it necessary to leave without the dog, waiting for a second opinion, as soon as you get to your car, write down notes while they are fresh in your memory, or drive away a short distance, pull over and make your written notes.
Your Rescue Group's History Forms
MAKE SURE THAT THEY INCLUDE AT LEAST THE FOLLOWING:
- Name, address and daytime and evening phone number of the client
- Name of client's vet and phone number
- Name, breed, date of birth, sex of pet and whether neutered/spayed
- Main Reason for giving up the dog
- Other problems with the dog
- Last three (3) incidents (and approx. dates) that caused family to give up the dog to rescue organization
- Dog's normal daily routine
- Dog's normal food and feeding routine
- Situation and age dog was acquired
- Dog's relationship with family members
- Dog's reactions to strangers
- Dog's reactions to other dogs (and other animals)
- Type of training given to dog
- Medical History of Dog
- Has dog ever snapped, growled, or bitten anyone? Circumstances?
COMPLETE AGGRESSION SCREEN!!!