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Here Are The Questions You Need To Ask If Someone Wants To Adopt Your Puppy

Here Are The Questions You Need To Ask If Someone Wants To Adopt Your Puppy

Written By Amica Graber

Jul 15, 2016

Whether you’re a breeder, a rescuer, or you have a litter of puppies to rehome — finding the right paw-parents is extremely important. Here are some tips on how to find the right home for your puppy.

Take Your Time

The ideal age for a puppy to leave the litter is between eight and 12 weeks. The right prospective owner will be willing to wait. For a breeder, you should already have a waiting list.

Get Face-To-Face

Ideally, you can meet a buyer before committing to selling a puppy. If someone is travelling from out-of-state, try to Skype or Facetime them before a decision is made. At the very least, a phone call is in order. Feel free to ask them to send you photographs of their yard, or wherever they plan to keep their pet.

A Good No Is Better Than A Bad Yes

If something feels “off” about a buyer, don’t be afraid to say no. A responsible buyer will want to ask you questions, too. If they don’t ask you any questions about your litter, be suspicious.

Organize A Home Visit

The best way to screen an applicant is by visiting their home. Do they have a fenced yard? Do you get a good or bad feeling about the atmosphere? Trust your gut instincts.

Ask For References

Ask for two references, ideally one from a vet. However, if they don’t currently have a pet , talking to the buyer’s friends, family, or coworkers should give you a good indication of their character.

Ask Questions

Here are some questions you should ask anyone looking to adopt a dog:

  • Have you owned a dog before? What happened to it?
  • Do you currently own a pet? What kind?
  • How many hours will your dog be left alone?
  • Where will your dog sleep?
  • Are you familiar with the cost of vets?
  • Do you live in a house or apartment?
  • Do you rent or own?
  • Does your landlord (if applicable) allow pets?
  • How many people are in your household?
  • Is everyone on board with adopting a pet?
  • Do you plan on neutering your dog?
  • Are you familiar with this breed?
  • Why do you want a dog?
  • Do you have children? How old are they?
  • How much time a day can you devote to exercising your dog?
  • Are you opposed to a home visit?

Puppy Buyer Red Flags

The buyer is opposed to neutering, or wants a bitch to breed.

The buyer wants to buy the puppy online without meeting face-to-face.

Previous pets have died prematurely or at the fault of the owner.

The puppy buyer doesn’t ask any questions about the litter.

They don’t know much about the breed.

Write A Contract

Have contracts prepared before you rehome your puppy, and disclose any deal-breakers in case a bad egg slips through the net. An example of a contract may include the following clauses:

If the owner cannot or doesn’t want to take care of this dog at any point during its lifetime, ownership shall revert back to the breeder.

At no time may this dog be resold or given to a third party.

This dog shall not be used in any puppy mill operation, nor produce puppies for resale in pet shops, labs, or any organization whose intent is to resell, trade, or give away puppies to be used in any lab experiments.

If at any time the owner if found guilty of animal abuse, neglect, or mistreatment, the custody of the dog shall return to the breeder.

In the event of breach of contract I, (buyer), do hereby agree that I will return the dog without any monetary reimbursement to the owners.

If you take the right precautions when you’re choosing an owner, your puppy should be in good hands!