Home Check Form for Adoption or Foster
Applicant's full name
Applicant's full address including postcode
Applicant's contact number(s)
Applicant's Email Address
Date of home check
Please ensure that you see two forms of identification. Please record details of the identification you have seen.
Copies are not required. (Photographic: either Passport OR Driving Licence. Association to property: Utilities bill OR tenancy agreement)
Have you explained that follow up checks will be required and that we will maintain contact through the dog's life?
Home checker's name
Home checker's contact number
Home checker's Email Address
Is the applicant aware of, and do they accept our Terms & Conditions for fostering/adopting?
If the property is rented, have they provided proof of permission for a dog from their Landlord or Letting Agent? Proof is also required from Council, Housing Association and Military tenants.
Number of persons living at the address and provide ages of all under 18.
Does anyone in the household suffer from any physical or mental ill health? If yes, how does this impact on them being responsible for a dog. The charity does not discriminate against applicants with disabilities, but we must ensure that dogs are safely placed into suitable homes.
Does anyone in the household suffer from any allergies? If yes, how will having a new dog impact on this?
Did you meet all living in the home?
Do all people living in the home support the decision to foster/adopt a dog from Phoenix Rehoming?
Please describe the house.
The property must have its own front door.
There must be a safety measure in place when opening the front door. For example, a stair gate or internal porch door.
Please describe the garden. The property must have a garden.
The fencing must be secure and of at least 4 feet in height. For fostering or direct adoption, the fencing must be secure and of at least 6 feet in height.
Is there a large enough space outside?
Is the garden secure and free from any hazards?
Are there any items in the garden that could be used by the dog to climb the fence? Such as garden furniture, sheds or play equipment?
Chicken wire, expanding trellis, non-rigid wire, bamboo or willow screening, netting and chipboard, hardboard or MDF are not suitable materials for fencing.
Please describe the garden. PLEASE TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY AND INCLUDE WITH YOUR REPORT. Additional photos and videos can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Residential Setting. Please describe the location of the home. Is the home near a busy road or any potential hazards?
Why does the applicant want a rescue dog?
Does the applicant have equipment for a new dog? Crates, bed, blankets, water and feeding bowls, toys
Where and when will the dog be fed?
What will the dog be fed? Direct the applicant to read independent dog food reviews at www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk
Where will the dog sleep?
What do they plan to do in relation to training their new dog? Which trainer will they use? Will they be attending any training classes or online classes? Do they have any training experience? Direct the applicant to finding an IMDT trainer. www.imdt.uk.com Talk about positive training methods.
What will the applicant do if they encounter any issues with their new dog?
What will the applicant do if things do not work out with their new dog?
Are they aware of costs for insurance and any vet fees such as vaccinations, working, flea treatments, etc? Do they or are they planning to sign up to any vet plan?
What will they do to settle the new dog into their home? Are they able to separate their new dog from any resident pets or children? Discuss separation anxiety. Discuss keeping the new dog separate from resident pets and children.
What will they do to keep their new dog safe? Discuss the use of 3-point harnesses and slip leads
List any other animals living in the home. Are they neutered? Are they vaccinated? Any observations about the resident pets? For example, behavioural issues, obesity or condition.
If no animals in the home have they owned a dog before? What is their dog experience? Any experience with rescue dogs?
What is the name and address of their current vet or the vet they will use?
Leaving the dog
What are the work patterns and how long would the dog be left for on an average day? What measures do they have in place for dog walking, home visits etc.
Who would be responsible for / look after the dog when they go on holiday?
Any questions from the applicant?
Comments and observations from the home checker.
Is this home suitable for a rescue dog?
What type of rescue dog would suit this home and applicant(s)?
How would you feel leaving your own dog here?
Are there any improvements that can/should be made?
How did you feel about the applicant and/or their home?
Please give us as much information as possible.
Signing - Home Checker
Home Checker's Name