Home safety inspection sheet for a pet adoption

Written by kimberly kilmer | 13/05/2017
Home safety inspection sheet for a pet adoption
Home inspections enable rescuers to note that a home is safe for pets. (lazy dog image by jedphoto from Fotolia.com)

Home inspection sheets are used by many animal rescue groups and shelters as a tool to check specific safety aspects of prospective pet homes. Checklists for basic information are typically included on the sheets along with room for special considerations for safety concerns, special needs or challenging pets. These inspections are performed to make certain a pet is entering a safe and appropriate environment for the remainder of its life.

Safety Overview

Home safety inspection sheet for a pet adoption
Approval means the home, yard and owner are right for the pet. (Little dog. Puppy. Country side house image by Oleg Mitiukhin from Fotolia.com)

While there are no standard home safety inspection sheets, a good one simply allows anyone reading it to understand what safety matters are acceptable and which need to be addressed before the animal is placed in a home. The form should be a checklist that includes all aspects of home safety in a manner that a passing grade simply requires the check of an appropriate box.

Prospective Owner

Home safety inspection sheet for a pet adoption
Will the pet's life be enriched by living with these owners? (pet dog image by NorthShoreSurfPhotos from Fotolia.com)

The home safety inspection is often a rescue organisation's only chance to deem the prospective owner appropriate for the pet in question. The inspection sheet should address these matters so adopting officials can feel comfortable placing a pet in the new owner's care. Include sections that address the owner's prior pet experience, ability to provide veterinary care, positive training experiences and grooming. If the owners have current pets, note the condition and temperament on the sheet. Take note of whether the family has children and if they might pose a problem to the new pet.

Location, Location, Location

Home safety inspection sheet for a pet adoption
Does the location of the home present any safety concerns? (steep cliffs image by Inger Anne Hulbækdal from Fotolia.com)

You need to note if the location of the home is appropriate and safe for a pet. Include spots to note the location and traffic of nearby streets, as well as whether the home has a fence. Include a section on the setting, jotting down the locations of natural bodies of water, farm or wilderness property. Also include an area to note the condition of neighbouring properties and any potential dangers they could pose to a pet. The sheet should include all of these and leave room for notes based on any concerns.

Home Safety

Home safety inspection sheet for a pet adoption
Is the home's interior clutter free and pet safe? (the kitchen. image by guiney from Fotolia.com)

Make a section on your sheet for each bedroom, bath, kitchen and any common living spaces of the home. Include all spaces the pet can access to include garages, basements, walk up attics, balconies or stairways. Include the questions: Do doors and windows close securely? Is hazardous clutter accessible to the pet? Do any electric outlets or appliances look dangerous for a pet? If you find safety concerns, be specific about writing them down in detail for discussion with the homeowner.

Yard Safety

Home safety inspection sheet for a pet adoption
Will the pet be safe in a home with a pool? (Swimming pool and pool house image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

The yard safety section should address all aspects of the outside space of the property. Include questions such as, are the fence, gates, locks and yard secure and pet appropriate? Who has yard access? If outbuildings are located on the property, ask what is in them and if the pet will have access to them. Is the backyard cluttered or neat? Are there flower gardens, irrigation systems or a pool? When filling out your sheet, note if any of these areas might not be appropriate for the specific pet of interest.

Pets Allowed

Home safety inspection sheet for a pet adoption
Is a pet allowed to live in the prospective owner's residence? (condo in sun image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

A home inspection sheet should contain a line titled "Approval for Pet Ownership." Written approval should be necessary for anyone renting their home or people that live in communities that limit specific numbers or types of pets. For properties of these types, an approval signature from a landlord, homeowner's association, condominium board or apartment manager should be included on the home safety inspection form.

Passing and Failing Grades

Home safety inspection sheet for a pet adoption
Passing home safety inspections mean a pet gets a new home. (OK-check image by Brett Bouwer from Fotolia.com)

If areas of the home fail the inspection, date the form and offer to come back within a specified time frame if the owners are willing to make the adjustments. Appropriate adjustments should be noted on the form along with a final passing or failing grade. Home safety should be looked upon as a way for a rescue organisation to determine if a potential adopter can provide a continuous pet safe environment.

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