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what if I don't measure up?
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Don't worry about the process, just be yourself.
It's not a question of measuring up, rather the interview is how you, the shelter staff, and most importantly the dog all decide that you are right for each other.
My assessment interviews, with several shelters in Switzerand and abroad, have been fairly casual. That is, more or less friendly chatting as we meet, play with, and walk the dog. Obviously as a volunteer I direct this 'chat' to learn about the family, and as a potential adopter I direct this 'chat' to learn about the dog, to learn whether the shelter and I are on the same page wrt dog concerns. It's a two-way street.
Each shelter will work to it's own guidelines, what one does might be quite the opposite of another.
I find it best to start with an e-mail introducing myself, a brief description of my home and family, a bit about my 'canine background', and then point out how I meet each of the criteria in the dossier, or where I don't but still think I would be the right home for the dog, propose an alternative to meet his needs. Then I ask whatever questions are pertinent to my needs, and propose an in-person meeting.
Keep it short, light, friendly, sincere - and concentrate on what you can offer the dog.
Then follow through with a phone call to set up a meeting.
I've been told that the letter made my application stand out - and from the other side wearing my volunteer hat, I very much appreciate adopters taking the time to do so.
I also use the letter to set a good first impression where my faulty German might not quite do the trick.
You've already done the SKN course, which shows that you are taking your responsibilities seriously and puts you in a good light. It sounds like you have really thought this through, another thing shelters tend to like to hear.
Really - as above, an open heart goes a long way. You'll do fine - and one very lucky pup is likely out there, waiting for you.