Adoption Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Things to consider before adopting your new best friend...

Please read our FAQ's page below before completing the online application.

Adopting a†rescue is not for everyone. Please review the information below to see if a rescue dog is truly the right decision for you. Remember, this is a commitment for life.

Dogs are like toddlers for their entire lives. They are needy and clingy. They are stubborn, demanding and obstinate. They need you to survive. This does not change.

Rescue dogs are imperfect. If you are looking for a dog that will never soil your carpet, chew your favorite pair of shoes, chase your cat or growl at your child when they take a toy from it, then a rescue is probably not for you. Remember that many (not all) of our rescues have some issue, whether health or behavioral, that has caused them to be surrendered to rescue. However, some issues are a result of neglect, abandonment or simply a poor home environment. While we will always disclose any information we have about specific health or behavior problems a rescue may have that may impact your ability to care for that dog, we do ask that you enter into this process with the understanding that owning a rescue is a wonderful and sometimes challenging experience.

Adopting a dog requires a commitment from you. A commitment to work with your adopted dog to help them learn to trust you and to blend into your family. They canít do this overnight, and they canít do this by themselves. Every dog adopted from MMR will have gone through at least two homes by the time they are adopted Ė their original home (or a puppymill or shelter) and their foster home Ė so it is important that their adoption from MMR be a forever home. It takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks for most dogs to acclimate to their new home. If you arenít willing to work with the dog (and perhaps your resident pets) to address any issues that develop during and after this period, please do not complete the application. While we will always take a dog back into care if an adoption should fail, know that we will expect you to do everything in your power to address the problem first. We will provide you with support and resources to be successful, but your commitment is crucial to success.

If you want your resident pets to meet the prospective dog prior to adoption, it will be your responsibility to travel to where the dog is being fostered. In some situations, the person fostering the dog may be able to meet you part way, but we cannot guarantee this. Please also understand that it is impossible to ensure that an adopted dog will get along perfectly with your resident pets even if they have met in advance. Conflicts often arise several weeks into the adoption as a new pack order is established. This is where your commitment will be required to help everyone learn to live harmoniously.


Once a match is made, it is ultimately your responsibility to travel to pick up your dog. We may or may not be able to arrange for transport assistance, depending on our available resources. Keep in mind that we do not ever ship dogs. If you have seen a dog on our website that you are interested in, please understand that you may not be considered for that particular dog.

If you are very specific about the type of dog you are willing to adopt, please be prepared to wait. For example, if you want only a puppy that isnít over 15 lbs. and is housetrained, you may have to wait many months. Since we accept dogs regardless of age or infirmity, we have no control over the variety or characteristics each dog has. We try to accommodate preferences when possible but the more flexible you are, the more quickly we can work together to make a match that is suitable for your home. 

If you are not ready to take a dog into your home within the next thirty days or if everyone in your home is not 100% in support of your decision to adopt, please wait to complete the application until everyone is ready. While it often takes longer to make an appropriate match, sometimes the process moves very quickly. As we have no paid staff, every member of our team has many other obligations (work, family) so we try to be as efficient as possible. We ask for your cooperation. If at any point you are no longer†able to adopt a dog, please let us know so we can make the best use of our volunteer hours. Remember that each dog takes literally countless hours to assess, address his/her medical and behavioral needs, and screen for the perfect home. Similarly, each application takes a minimum of 4-5 hours to process fully. We take our responsibility seriously and hope that you appreciate our need to use our resources wisely so we can serve all the dogs and applicants who come into MMR.

Not everyone who completes an application will be contacted to continue the adoption approval process. We receive several thousand applications annually and we do review each and every complete application we receive. However, we do not have the resources to contact applicants to get more complete answers to the questions on the application. Our application is designed to give us basic information by which to determine your eligibility to adopt from us. It is your responsibility to complete the application honestly, accurately, and completely so that we have as much information as possible. Be aware that the information provided on the application will be verified during the interview, reference check and home visit process. We welcome a variety of family types and home environments Ė there is no ideal home. Our adoptive families are as diverse as the dogs they choose to adopt.


The dog you apply for may be adopted BEFORE you complete our approval process. Please know that we would love to give every family the dog they want and have applied for-but that just isn't possible. Know that when you fill out your application, if you get approved, you will be contacted by our adoption coordinator to match you up with the right dog for your home. There are so many dogs that need homes, so finding another suitable match won't be hard to do if you're open minded.

When we contact you, please reply within 2 days. If we contact you and we do not get a reply, the processing of your application may be significantly delayed or discontinued. Please provide us with contact information where we can reliably reach you by email and phone.† Inform your personal references that you have listed them on your application and ask them to be responsive when we contact them. If we cannot reach one of your references, this will significantly delay the process.

In our adoption agreement, we require that every animal be spayed/neutered. This is not negotiable. This is VERY important as the overpopulation of dogs and cats in our country is a sad result of too many unplanned litters! If for any reason the match is not as perfect as we all had hoped, the dog must be returned to MMR, and not given away or turned in to a shelter. So be clear about what you are signing and be prepared to abide by the contract. It is legally binding and we take it very seriously.
MMR requires adopters to be at least 21 years of age. We will require proof of age to finalize any adoption.


MMR does not adopt to families with electric fences. We do not require that you have a fenced in yard-we understand that lots of wonderful families do have have the ability to have a fence. However, we don't approve of electric fencing as a form of containment or training.

MMR's adoption fees range depending on the age, originating shelter, and the vetting the animal has received
. Our adoption fees are set to allow us to cover our expenses, as well as to help other animals in our program that require additional care. Our fees cover vetting costs, microchipping, shelter fees, fuel for transport, copying and printing of contracts and paperwork, our website presence, food, boarding, behavioral training if needed, and additional medical care. It is important to note that while the animal you adopt may not require all of these things, many other animals in our system do. Thus, any "extra" money from adoption fees goes to help those animals who may require additional care. By adopting from MMR, you are not saving just one life, you are helping to save others as well.

Please be patient with us. We are staffed completely by volunteers who love animals and who love having the opportunity to help these amazing dogs find wonderful families. We strive to respond to you in a timely fashion, and to be honest, respectful, and courteous in all our interactions. Please understand that our primary obligation is to the dogs entrusted to our care. While we realize that our screening process may seem extensive and may occasionally (and unfortunately) eliminate some good homes, it is a process that has been developed through years of experience and we stand firmly behind it. However, if at any time you have questions or wish to discuss any part of our process, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you. If, by this point, you are thinking we are as friendly as the IRS, please know that we truly are warm, wonderful people who love what we do and truly love working with families to find the right dog. We have found that the best way to ensure success is to make sure that everyone enters into the process with appropriate expectations. The items outlined above should help you to carefully consider if a rescue dog is right for you, and to understand how our process works. If after reading this you feel you are ready to start the adoption process, click on our Adoption Application page. Thank you  for choosing rescue!



© 2011 Mutts Matter Rescue Inc.