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Q: How many shelters actually check up on animals after they have been adopted out?

February 28, 2009 | By Tammy C. | 10 answers | Expired: 1984 days ago

Tammy C.

I know the one I foster for has checked with people who adopted one of my foster pups when I asked them to. I found the pup on craigslist to be rehomed when it hit 6 months. I felt better after the shelter contacted the new owners to see what the issue was. But are there any who follow up on their own?

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Sogofox
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Mar 12, 2009

Follow up calls are the ideal situation, preferably a few at different intervals; a week post adoption, six months post adoption, one year post adoption.
But not many shelters have the staff or volunteer manpower to accomplish this.
However, most shelters DO maintain a list of "Do Not Adopts" - people that will not be allowed to adopt from that shelter in the future. Even municipal shelters usually have these lists especially for people who have broken anti cruelty laws.

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Onlybadowners
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Mar 03, 2009

My organization does follow-up calls after one week, six months and one year. We also do vet checks after one year to ensure the animal is being seen and getting the care they need. It takes an army of volunteers to do this, but it is worth it.

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Jennifer T.
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Mar 01, 2009

I've adopted a few animals but I've only gotten a couple of calls. The woman we adopted one of our ferrets from actually called a week later. I still keep in touch with her and she's helped me out a lot with my ferret clan.

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Meg S.
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Mar 01, 2009

Our shelter makes follow-up calls just to see how things are going. We encourage signing up for dog training classes and if the person is having a problem with a dog, we offer a free private behavior counseling session.
Usually , if there is a big problem, the people are calling the shelter before a follow-up call occurs.

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EddieWayne
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Mar 01, 2009

If I adopt out a cat through our shelter, them I check up on it. If I adopt out a cat that I have personally rescued, I check up on that one as well.

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HUMANE SOCIETY O.
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Mar 01, 2009

Our shelter tries to check up on our animals after they are adopted. Sometimes one slips by us though.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mar 01, 2009

WOW, I didn't even know they were supposed to make follow up calls. I can honestly tell you I have adopted several animals in the Central Florida area and have never once received a phone call to check and see how the animals I adopted are doing. I have adopted from several different shelters and not one has ever called. I think it would be a great idea. We had a kitty recently that we adopted and she had a few behavior issues but I believe when you choose to adopt a pet, they are family and we work through these little issues and love them just the same. Never once would I ever think to return her or give her away. I also think that would be an excellent idea if they keep track of people that have dumped pets and restrict them from adopting again. I think down here our shelters get sooo many animals (they are overwhelmed) that it is so tough to take on the task of calling everyone but I agree that it would possibly make people more responsible knowing they will be receiving follow up calls.

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Louisa C.
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Feb 28, 2009

I know it is hard, but I think some sort of checkup should be mandatory. And a list of people who return pets or rehome them repeatedly should be kept by shelters and rescues. Some people will just adopt and dump puppy after puppy - letting them go if there is the slightest problem or when the "cuteness" wears off. A pet is not a used car. It is a lifetime commitment. I know it is hard to follow up, but if every shelter could find just one volunteer to undertake this for every pet adopted from their shelter animals lives would be changed for the better. If you KNOW they are going to check up on you, you will do a better job of choosing a pet and be less likely to dump a pet over some minor issue. Pet ownership is not a right. It is a privilege.

I hope you were able to get your foster pup back and get him into a better home!

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Norman C.
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Feb 28, 2009

We try, but sometimes it's hard to take the time to "track people down" especially here in rural Oklahoma. It's sad not to be able to check up on dogs sometimes, but we quite often get responsible people to email us pics of their new family member.

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jennifer r.
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Feb 28, 2009

We check all the time and try to keep up, especially on some of the favorites!

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