How To Adopt

Mutts & Moms Adoption Process

Before beginning this process, ask yourself  these two important questions:

First, Will my dog be left alone at home 6 or more hours per day?

If the answer is yes, AND you intend to adopt only 1 dog, you may be setting yourself and the dog up for failure. Dogs are by nature social. They are pack animals. Leaving dogs alone for long periods of time, without human or canine companionship, can lead to many problems, such as barking, chewing, (themselves, or destructive chewing in their environment), digging, attempting to escape, or even skin and other medical disorders.

If you are committed to having a dog in your life, but you work long hours (don't forget to count commute time, children's after school activities, etc.) and don't have someone else to provide care and companionship for your dog while you are away, two dogs are easier and happier, and have fewer problems than one lonely bored animal.

Second, Am I willing and able to make a minimum suggested donation of at least $250?

We are looking for "rescue partners" who understand that in order to continue doing our life saving work, we must find adopters who are financially stable, are able to make the commitment that a substantial contribution implies, and are willing to help us save the next dog. Donations are not a purchase price nor an adoption fee but a contribution freely given. Donations are not refundable.

People ask what our success rate is. The answer is 100%.

We are committed to the well being of every single dog we rescue. We are financially responsible for that dog for as long as it takes to find their "forever" home. That can sometimes take as long as one to two years. We pay boarding for nearly all of our dogs (very few are in foster homes), at a minimum cost of about $300 per dog per month. In addition there is the cost of food, veterinary care, and occasionally training. We frequently take dogs that no one else will take because of a serious injury that requires surgery or rehabilitation before the dog is adoptable. When you factor in these ongoing and regular expenses, our average cost to rescue and place each dog is more than $1,000.

We receive no public funding. Any volunteer you meet, speak to, or correspond with, is giving generously of their time and energy, and frequently, a substantial contribution of money as well, to keep Mutts & Moms going. Our all volunteer organization is completely dependent on contributions from adopters and others and our own fundraising efforts for day to day operations.

Although the ability to make a $250 donation is not the only consideration when evaluating an application, it is clearly a very important part of our decision. The inability to make a substantial donation raises a warning flag: can the new adoptee truly afford to care for a pet?

If you can't afford a $250 donation, perhaps you should re-examine your decision to adopt. Vet bills can be expensive and unforeseen. Even routine veterinary and dental care is expensive, as are grooming, day care, pet sitting, etc. We need to feel certain that the dogs we place will not be affected by an adopter's financial instability. Many, if not most, of the dogs we rescue wind up in the shelter due to the inability of their original owner to care for them. We intend to make sure, as far as is humanly possible, that this never happens again.

Rescue is not a convenient place to look for a bargain dog. It is a place to make a difference in your community and in the life of a dog; an opportunity to do what's right. Think about the dog you want to adopt; we, who go to the shelter, know there is another one, just as adorable, just as deserving, who will be killed unless we have the financial resources to continue our work.

The Process

  1. Complete the adoption application. Please be sure to answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. It is better to take your time than to rush! It is far better to take the application home and fax back, or to complete via the website, than to answer the questions without thinking. It is important to answer every question. We can only know what you tell us, we are not able to ascertain what you mean, or what you intend unless you tell us on the application. A thorough application helps us to know if the requested dog will be a good match for your family. These dogs are like children to us, and we will not place them hurriedly or carelessly.

  2. Schedule to meet the dog. If you have dogs in your home already, it is essential that you bring your dog with you. Please contact us to make an appointment.

  3. Your application will be reviewed by our adoption committee. It is unlikely that a hand written application can be reviewed on the same day it is submitted. The more information we have, the more quickly we are able to respond to your application. Average response time is from 3 to 10 days. Due to time limitations, we only call those whose application has been accepted. Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions.

  4. If all parties agree to proceed with the adoption, we make a home visit. This is so that we can ensure the animal's new home is safe and free of any potential health risks. It is not our intention to pry into the private lives of people, but rather to educate when necessary. We want to know that there is ample shelter for the dog and that fences are high enough to be escape proof. There are any number of things that could pose a health risk to the dog which the potential owner(s) may not be aware.

  5. The next step consists of a contractual agreement between Mutts & Moms and the dog's new family. The adopters must have supplies on hand, or reimburse us for those we provide. We will NOT leave an animal without proper equipment.  You should also read the section on Getting Ready to bring your new pet home and be sure to print it out to take shopping with you so your new friend will have everything they need.

  6. The final step is a tax-deductible donation. We suggest a minimum donation of $250. Look into your heart, if you are able to give more, please do. None of the dogs you see would be here today without our intervention. Mutts & Moms is supported only by individual donations and our own fundraising efforts. We receive no government funding.  Our cost to rescue and place the average dog is more than $1,000. Once we have rescued a dog, we are commited to that dog's well being. We have some dogs for as long as a year or more before they are placed.  The food and boarding alone for these dogs exceeds $3,000. Please do your share to insure that we are able to continue to save as many dogs as possible.

By clicking on the Application link below, you confirm that you have read and agree to participate in the above adoption process: Click here for Application Application.