Idaho resident Nichole Thiel worked as a caregiver before working with the US postal office. Outside of her professional responsibilities, Nichole Thiel cares for animals and supports pet rescue.
The mission of pet rescue organizations is to protect, nurture, find caring homes for animals that have suffered abuse. However, many who seek to adopt pets are finding that the adoption application requirements are difficult to scale.
Most pet rescue operations require prospective dog owners to fill out an application, sometimes seven to eight pages long. The applications ask a range of questions related to the condition of the home to the time the owner can devote to caring for the pet. Unfortunately, not all applications get approved.
The reasons for denying applications run the gamut, but the following are the most common. Time is a big factor with many animal rescue operations preferring applicants who are either stay-at-home workers or spend more time at home than work. Other disqualifiers may also include the lack of backyard space among homeowners. Finally, the house might not meet safety standards, i.e. homes with pools and no safety protections.
However, those who have been rejected have other options. Prospective pet owners should consider looking at shelters whose applications are conversation-based. Conversation-based applications tend to be a bit forgiving because the interviewer gets the whole picture, not just the black and white of what is reported on the application.