BROOD House Visit Form

Please PRINT this form (use Print Form button at bottom) and TAKE IT WITH YOU with you when you visit the prospective adopters or foster family.

Then COMPLETE THIS FORM ONLINE within two days of performing the House Visit. Please provide as much information as you can.


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ABOUT THE FAMILY (please summarize in text box below)

  • Please list the names (if children, ages; or relationship to adopter - roommate/parent) of everyone who was present during the house visit.
  • Does it appear that all members of the family/household (don't forget roommate, parent, semi-live-in friend) are in agreement about adopting/fostering a basset hound? Did all members of the home seem interested in the adoption/fostering? If no, explain.
  • Are these people young, middle-aged or seniors? Do they have the physical ability to exercise the dog(s) particularly if there is no fenced yard?

EXPERIENCE WITH AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR DOGS (please summarize in text box below)

  • If you brought your own dog to the house visit, please comment on how the applicants interacted with the dog - especially the children and other animals in the house.
  • Are they experienced dog owners (owned dogs before) or are they novice dog owners?
  • In your opinion, do they seem like responsible dog owners?

PLANS FOR MANAGING THEIR DOG (please summarize in text box below)

  • Where do they plan to keep the dog while they are away from home (while at work or out for family activities)?
  • If gone for long hours during the weekday and they do not have a doggie door, what arrangements have they considered for letting the dog out during the day for breaks (e.g., dog walker, come home for lunch, neighbor, etc.)?
  • If the applicants have children and if they live on a busy street, how will they prevent the children from opening the door and accidentally letting the dog out (if not into a fenced yard)?
  • Do they plan to leave the dog tied out on a lead (staked)? Are they aware that it is against BROOD policy to leave a dog outside on a lead/stake while unattended?
  • Do the applicants plan to allow the dog to be unattended while staked outside on a lead (in a non-fenced area)?


  • Would the applicant be able to tolerate housetraining accidents in the house while the adopted/foster basset adjusts? This is common even with housetrained dogs.
  • What traits or behaviors would the applicant have a hard time dealing with in a new basset? (e.g.: aggression, jumping, escape attempts, howling, leash pulling, etc.)
    • What problems, if any, would the applicant be unwilling to work through with a new pet/foster dog? (e.g.: escape attempts, aggression, reluctance to use stairs, housebreaking issues, leash pulling, barking, etc.)
    • If there are children in the house under the age of seven, how will the adopter/foster handle any dog behavior issues that can occur with small children in the home? (e.g.: the child carrying around food that is easy for a dog to grab, jumping on the child, the child not giving the dog adequate space or quiet time, etc.)


    If the home is rented, advise the applicants that a copy of their lease agreement, a lease addendum, or signed letter from landlord permitting them to have a basset hound is required in order to adopt/foster.

    CONDITION OF THE HOME (please summarize in text box below)

    • Does it look as though a basset would be welcome in the home?
    • Does it seem as if the applicant might be obsessively neat or contrary-wise someone who is dangerously sloppy?
    • If the applicants seem to be neatniks, how do they feel about slobbering, shedding, furniture-hogging hounds?
    • From your observation, does it appear that the applicants can afford to adopt a dog? (N/A for fostering)

    What is the household's activity level based on your observations while visiting?

    Very quiet: no or few children, laid back lifestyle
    Average: not too quiet, but not party animals
    Very busy: lots of people coming and going / young children / high activity

    FENCED YARD (if applicable, please summarize in text box below)

    • How high is the fence?
    • What type of fence is it?
    • Is it in good repair?
    • Type of gate and latch - is it easy to escape?
    • Do they have a dog door?

    OUTDOOR KENNEL AREA OR RUN (if applicable, please summarize in text box below)

    • Is there adequate shade?
    • Is there adequate shelter?
    • How many hours per day will the dog be in the kennel run?
    • Is the floor concrete or grass, and how often will it be cleaned?
    • Does the home have stairs that an animal would need to use to get around the house or go outside to use the bathroom?
    • Are there any other aspects to the home that could be problematic for a new pet? (e.g.: small backyard, apartment building with no elevator, crowded with furniture, etc.)

    PART IV - OTHER ANIMALS (if applicable, please summarize in text box below)

    • If there are other animals in the home, what are they (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rabbits, etc.)? Please comment (as appropriate) on their apparent condition and happiness as you observed them (i.e., are they clean, groomed, nails at an appropriate length, etc.).
    • Are there any potential issues with other pets getting along with the basset hound? (e.g.: cat that has never lived with a dog, current dog who is used to being an only dog, uncaged pets such as birds, rabbits, guinea pigs that have the run of the house, etc.)
    • How do the applicants appear to interact with these pets?
    • If there are other animals listed as living in the home on the application, but which are not visible - were you able to meet them?
    • Does the number of animals that are actually in the home match up with what was put on the application?
    • If there are dogs in an outside kennel, are they listed on the application?

    Does the applicant have a cat or cats? If so:

    • How did the cats appear to interact with your dog (if you brought one) or other dogs that are already living in the home? (e.g.: fearful, shy, friendly, etc.)
    • What did you observe about the cats' ability to co-habitate with a dog? Would the cat(s) be more compatible with a young, energentic dog, or a laid-back dog?
    • Has the cat(s) ever lived with a dog or been around other dogs? Is the cat dog friendly?


    Being a Foster Home is the most critical job in BROOD. It is rewarding but not always easy. Why are you interested in becoming a Foster Home?

    Basset hounds are pretty easy to groom. Ask applicant if they know the basics of ear cleaning, nail trimming, bathing, and if they are comfortable with performing these functions.

    No or N/A not a Foster Home Visit

    Basset hounds are prone to two very serious conditions: bloat and glaucoma. Ask the applicant if they have read and undstand the warning signs for both conditions.

    No or N/A not a Foster Home Visit

    Many foods are not good for dogs. Ask the applicant if they understand that some foods and human medications are deadly for dogs (e.g., chocolate, onions, raisins/grapes, cold medications, Tylenol, etc.). Do they understand that they need to contact their vet, poison control and the Foster Director in the event their foster dog ingests anything bad?

    No or N/A not a Foster Home Visit

    Ask the applicant if they understand that BROOD requires good photos and short videos of foster dogs for the websitie, and that these need to be uploaded to the BROOD Dropbox site.

    No or N/A not a Foster Home Visit

    Ask the applicant if they understand that BROOD requires a Foster Dog Report ten days after the foster arrives and every few weeks or if the dog's behavior changes (e.g., it is now fully housetrained).

    No or N/A not a Foster Home Visit

    Ask the applicant if they understand that BROOD communicates with the fosters by email. Make sure they understand they will need to check email daily to answer questions about their foster. Emphasize the importance of maintaining timely communications.

    No or N/A not a Foster Home Visit

    Ask the applicant if they understand that BROOD foster dogs are required to attend the Ramble in September (usually the 3rd week).

    No or N/A not a Foster Home Visit


    Is the applicant willing to work with a trainer to address behavioral issues? Discuss with the adopter/foster the fact that some issues may take some time to resolve.


    In your opinion, what are the applicants' strongest and weakest qualifications to adopt from BROOD? Please include both favorable impressions and anything that may have set off a "warning bell."

    Highly Qualified
    Qualified with Some Minor Reservations
    Qualified with Some Serious Reservations
    Not Recommended to be Adopters/Fosters

    Finally, please be sure to do the following before you leave the house visit:

    • Give them the Child Waiver Form (if applicable)
    • Give them the Disclosure Form
    • Discuss the Contract
    • Ask them if they have any questions

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