Adoption???

My husband and I found a B we wanted to adopt on BRAT and I just had a few questions about the system…how long will it take for BRAT to contact us? How do they pick the right family? And how long does the whole adoption process take?

It's hard to answer those questions as each dog and adoption takes a different amount of time. Before you apply for a dog from BRAT, you have to fill out a general application. Have you done that yet? Someone should contact you within 24 hours of filling out the first application. The first contact from BRAT will just be a welcome letter with lots of info in it. Once you have done that, you can apply for a dog. You can apply for a dog before you get a home visit, but a home visit must be complete before you can actually adopt a dog. The time it takes the coordinator to get back to you about a specific dog is going to differ. All the coordinators are volunteers who have "real" jobs, in addition to the work they do for BRAT. I would think you will hear back within 3 days, but thats just a guess. Not an answer of yes or no within three days, just a response to tell you they got your application and tell you the status of it. They pick the right family by reviewing all the applicants that applied for the dog, talking to the foster family, they might narrow it down and then ask the top 3 families questions to get a better idea. There are many things the coordinator can do to pick the right family. The timeline for the whole process cant be deteremined, as each dog will have a different number of applicants, and some coordinators are busier than other. I would guess it could take anywhere from a week to a month or so once you apply for a specific dog. but thats is just a guess. if you have any more questions feel free to ask and I'll try to help!!

And I think its great you are considering adopting from BRAT! I've had great experiences with them!!

We saw a dog we fell in love with. WE applied. The dog was adopted. We kept in touch with the BRAT coordinator. We waited about 3 months and got a call. The perfect dog was waiting for us. We knew the dog that got away was not the baby for us. We also know that God places us in the right place at the right time. We cannot IMAGINE our family without our JONNY B.
The point is, the right one will come. Be patient. It will work out! Good luck and God bless. (HE sure blessed us!) twice!

Houston

Good luck in your endeavours…Diegosmom laid it all out..be patient and the right dog will come.

Good luck and soon as you get your baby we all will want to see pictures and hear all about the new one please. Start getting your name ready look at Basenjimamma thread names take a little time.

Rita Jean

Well, we recieved an email from the coordinator of the B we want to adopt. She is ready to set up a home visit… I figure that's better than not hearing back from them. Huh? Also, what are they looking at when they come for a home visit?

@AC~Akeyla:

Well, we recieved an email from the coordinator of the B we want to adopt. She is ready to set up a home visit… I figure that's better than not hearing back from them. Huh? Also, what are they looking at when they come for a home visit?

They are looking for the best fit for dog and the family. There is no magic formula. The goal is for the rescue dog to find their forever home with a person or family that will love, care, exercise, and provide for their needs. At the same time, they want the people/person who is adopting to have and be able to make that commitment.

Jason

Often, with the young and social rescue b's, we have a lot of folks who want the dog.
I try to tell everyone what Jason said, we match the dog and home.
I also tell them that their b will come along, sometimes its just not a quickly as the adopters wish.

Houston

They also look at your home and how it is set up, in regards of how a quickthinking basenji could get out, as far as fencing and such. Basenjis are notorius for trying to get out..whether sneeking between legs in a door opening or scaling a fence or even digging under. If the home of a potential adopter has a low fence or young kids that open doors to the outside without paying attention to a potential basenji in "I want out" mode, it could be a recipe for disaster.
Good luck, it is exciting to have a homevisit, that means you are so much closer to a new family member..

Be ready check house over for things that could get the B hurt and fix that now so you would be ready. Know were the B will sleep and know if your using a crate when your gone or at night. So happy for you and wish you the very BEST of LUCK.

Rita Jean

Thanks for all the help everyone! I'll keep ya posted!

Home visits look at fencing, space UNDER the fence, doorways (and the ability to gate off a safe-area by the front door), is there a busy street outside, kids that may not be careful with the door. Things/situations that may be harmful for a basenji. It is really a safety visit, and looking for the right fit as well. If your home is lovely and neat and you seem to prize your possessions, and the basenji in question is a young Tazmanian Devil, they might recommend a more mature dog for you, for example! Be yourself and share your concerns, and be receptive to the concerns of the home visit person, you will be fine!

@AC~Akeyla:

Well, we recieved an email from the coordinator of the B we want to adopt. She is ready to set up a home visit… I figure that's better than not hearing back from them. Huh? Also, what are they looking at when they come for a home visit?

I'm happy to hear the good news. You have a good coordinator.
My application and request to adopt fell through the cracks, so I'm happy to hear people in your area are efficient and on the ball. Good luck. Keep us posted.

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