We're having a very active debate in our rescue right now revolving around our responses to adoption applications. If you are on the receiving end of applications please respond to the questions you are comfortable answering - 1- Do you acknowledge the receipt of an application? 2- If the initial app looks good, do you let the applicants know the application is being worked on? Is there correspondence at each level of review (initial app, personal references, vet references, etc)? 3- If the app is declined at any point along the way, do you notify the applicant? 4- If so, is it a standard letter / email, or do you personalize it at all? 5- Do you reveal the reason for the decline or give a more generic 'no dogs that fit your needs' kind of response? 6- If the applicant can 'fix' whatever caused the decline, do you work with them? An example might be if the existing dog in the home has not been neutered. 7- If an applicant gets to the 'end' of the process and goes through a home visit before being declined, is your response different than if they were declined earlier in the process? Thanks!