A public place is a must. We want to make sure you, your household and pets are always safe! A pet-friendly store is a perfect, safe place to meet. A veterinarian's office can also be a good option, but make sure you make an appointment first.
If your pet is a dog, you may be tempted to hold your meeting at a dog park, but this isn’t recommended. Your dog will be distracted by the sights, smells, and sounds of other dogs and he might not be able to concentrate on the potential adopter. It's important to observe your dog's body language around the adopter so you can tell if this is a good match. For this reason, keeping other distractions to a minimum is a good idea.
If your pet is a cat, a pet-friendly store can also be a great place to meet. No matter what, ALWAYS bring your cat in a carrier, and always conduct the meeting indoors. A nervous cat can bolt. If you can find a safe, enclosed room to meet in, open your cat's carrier and see if he or she wants to come out. As you know, cats are not always comfortable in strange surroundings and may want to hide. For this reason, cat meetings are by nature more challenging than dog meetings. Do your best to balance the need of the person to meet the cat with the cat's need for safety.