When you call the vet to perform a vet check, expect it to be a conversation as you try to find out information about the applicant/pet. Below are things to ask about, but the conversation may go off in different directions depending on what the vet says. Ask a lot of follow-up questions. If the employee at the vet doesn’t seem to have time to talk, suggest that you call back another time and leave the name of the applicant/pet with the person.
1. Have applicant name, address, phone and pet info ready, and call each vet listed.
2. Print out the checklist below so you can check off the questions you ask (so you don’t miss any), and write down the
information you receive.
Start by introducing yourself:
I am a volunteer with the Partnership for Animal Welfare, a local animal rescue group, and our policy is to do a vet check prior to placement. One of your clients has applied to adopt an animal from us. Would you help me with a vet check?
If the employee seems comfortable enough, ask if he/she views this applicant as a good/vigilant, etc. pet owner. If there’s a reluctance, you’ll feel it, OR the person will say ABSOLUTELY! THE BEST! Sometimes the office employee wants you to know that the pet owner is a great potential adopter, but you can tell when they’re warning you of someone also.