A few weeks ago, I posted looking for opinions about breeds, and I've narrowed them down. As much as I had previously been set against not going the rescue route, I just didn't have it in me. I really, honestly tried to do the breeder thing - can't bring myself to do it. So I looked into breed rescue. Bear in mind, it's been a few years since I've done this whole adoption process thing, so maybe it's just me - but what is with the ridiculous adoption requirements? I found a beautiful boy. Local, housebroken, seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. However, this is taken directly from the website: "Our adoption process begins with a telephone call, then an in-person interview at our office. Following these steps, a home visit is conducted, and if your premises is sufficient, you may adopt the dog. Please keep in mind **** reserves the right to conduct an unexpected home visit at any time following the adoption." I don't know about you guys, but those seem really outrageous to me. I understand the phone call, and the in-person interview. I did that for my Chihuahua/Corgi mix that I adopted. But I certainly didn't have any home visits, and I never would have agreed to a random visit out of the blue. I understand you want a good home for your dog, but am I the only one thinking it's a bit over the top? The reference thing gets me too. I never had to do this with my old boy. I mean, maybe I'm a special case - but I can truthfully say I don't have a single friend in my city (and I'm fine with this). I don't hang out with people - I'm just a bit introverted that way. I go to school, do my thing, come home and chill out. I just don't have five people I can rack up for a reference. As for a veterinarian's reference, I could provide it, but I don't think my vet knows too much about me. Sees me once a year for vaccinations and that's about it (unless the pets get sick or something). I don't know. I just felt shocked. Is this just a breed rescue thing? My family got our Cresteds from the shelter downtown, and my boy I picked up from the city pound. I've never dealt with breed-specific rescues so far, but I'm really not liking the invasive adoption procedures. Is it just me who finds them over-the-top?