Landlords and roommates may have strong opinions about pets living on their property. Sometimes they will be contacted to verify that it is acceptable to have a dog, so make sure to have their contact information ready and available.
Young children may not yet know how to be gentle with a new pet, especially during the excitement of the first few days. Conversely, older senior citizens may not be able to handle the energy of a younger dog or cat. It’s helpful to bring these people with you on adoption day if possible to get a sense of how they interact with the new dog.
If you’re out of the home a lot, you’ll probably want to plan for a way to keep your pet from becoming lonely. You might be asked about your work schedule to help the shelter worker understand how long the pet may spend each day at home alone.