Adoption Application

 Application for Adoption from Mutts Matter Rescue

Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue! By thoroughly completing this adoption application, you can help us to ensure that all of our dogs will be placed in homes that are best suited to their individual needs. Please note that we do NOT place dogs on a first-come-first-serve basis. Rather, we asses our dogs personalities and their needs, and then match them with a forever home based on the best fit for the dog.

Please keep in mind, there is absolutely no guarantee made or implied that any person requesting to adopt a dog being fostered through MMR, or posted on MMR's Website, will be allowed to adopt an MMR DOG. MMR reserves the right to make all decisions regarding placement or final disposition of any rescued dog in its care. Before you complete this application, please consider the info below, and review our FAQs PAGE.

What can I expect after I apply? Please understand that our organization is staffed completely by hard-working volunteers. The processing of your application may take longer based on the number of applications being received and incomplete applications will not be considered. Your application, and a good vet reference, will be used to determine whether we contact you to begin the approval process, which includes a telephone interview, reference checks, and a home visit. Not all applicants will be contacted. PLEASE realize that several homes are interviewed for each dog to ensure the best possible match. While we welcome you to apply for a specific dog, we cannot guarantee that your application will be considered for that dog.

How to adopt a Mutts Matter Rescue Dog:

Adoption Application: Interested adopters should fill out an adoption application. You can select a dog now or you can submit for pre-approval if you haven't picked out a dog yet. Only one app is required and it applies for all dogs.

Reference Checks: MMR will call the applicants veterinarian to ensure that previous pets have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and well cared for. MMR will also call references listed on the application. Those are done BEFORE an adopter is contacted.

Application Screener: Approved Applicants will be assigned a volunteer adoption counselor, who will review the application and have a  conversation with each applicant to determine his/her needs and preferences.

Renters/Condo Owners: For renters, MMR will check with an applicant's landlord to ensure that dogs are permitted, and that the dog of interest wouldnt violate any size or breed restrictions. We also review condo association rules regarding pets.

Home Visit: A volunteer from MMR  will visit each applicants home to see the environment where the dog will live, and answer any questions the applicant might have. Once this is completed, you will be contacted by an Adoptions Coordinator to set up a meet and greet with a potential MMR dog. Unless meeting one of our dogs at an adoption event, you cannot meet a dog in a foster home prior to approval.

Adoption Contract: If the applicant is approved for adoption, MMR and the prospective adopter will enter into an adoption contract. The applicant will be required to pay an adoption fee, which is donation to MMR. This helps cover/defer our costs of spay/neutering (if age appropriate), microchipping, vaccinations, and any other veterinary attention needed while in our care.

What if I live outside of the Virginia, Maryland, or DC Area? Due to limited resources, we concentrate our adoptions in these areas. Applications outside of our immediate service area will be considered on a case by case basis as resources allow.

Disclaimer: Neither Mutts Matter Rescue (MMR) nor its volunteers, coordinators, representatives, internet service provider and its officers, employees, and representatives, and any other person, firm or corporation involved with the efforts or business of this corporation, shall be held liable or responsible for any claims or causes of action incurred as a result of the provision or restriction of information, services, contacts, adoptions, fostering, veterinary care or by the actions of any and all dogs transferred or referenced herein

First Name:
Last Name:
State, Zip Code:   
Phone (Home): 
Phone (Cell): 
Email Address: 
Do you Own or Rent your home?
If renting, does lease allow dogs?
Fenced yard?
Home Location:
Type of Home:
How many hours a day will your dog be left alone?
Where will your dog be kept while you are not home?
How many weeks a year are you away from home on business or vacation?
Will your dog ever be left outside unattended when you are not home?
What will you do with your dog if you have to move?
What size dog will appeal to you most when it's fully grown?
Please check all that apply... I would considering giving my dog back to MMR: if my work schedule changes dramatically and I no longer have sufficient time for the dog
if I have children in the future and no longer have sufficient time for the dog because of the demands of parenting
if other changed circumstances prohibit me from having sufficient time with the dog
if someone in the household becomes allergic
if I become ill and can no longer take care of the dog
if I lose my job
if i divorce or separate from my spouse/partner
if my new significant other does not like the dog
if dogs sheds excessively
if the dog is not housebroken
if the dog is or becomes aggressive
Have you ever owned a dog/cat/other pet? (do not include family pets from childhood)
Was your pet spayed or neutered?
Will you permit a home visit by a MMR representative?

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