Screening potential adopters is something that many shelters and foster parents do when perspective adopters come to check out the animals. It’s done in the best interest of the adoptee and the degree of screening varies. Sometimes it’s, do you have the $100-200 adoption fee to a full tour of your home, a background check, a referral from a veterinarian, a referral from a close friend, etc. If you are fostering, you get to know the foster animal very well and you imagine the ideal home for them.
It is very important to get an appropriate home for sake of the foster animal. If an animal is placed in a home where the new owner cannot take care of the new animal, than the foster gets put back into the shelter or foster home. It’s not fair for the animal.
The screening gets even more difficult when you have an animal that was in the puppy mill system. They most likely have been mistreated for many years and need a dedicated home to help them mend those wounds. My current dog is from a puppy mill. My home was reviewed before she was able to be adopted. The foster parent was concerned about her being in a home with other animals and children. Luckily my home met their requirments and she became my dog.
Right or wrong, the screening process is in place and we trust that the adopter knows how much they can handle.