Adoption Application Instructions

IMPORTANT: If you currently rent your home or live in a condominium or homeowners association, you MUST first provide us with written proof from your landlord or association that you are permitted to have a pit bull type dog on the premises before we begin reviewing your application.


So you want to adopt a Mama Dog Rescue pet!

Adopting a Mama Dog Rescue requires a donation of $350. Check with your tax preparer to see if this may be considered a charitable expense on your yearly tax return. Your donation helps us cover the cost of veterinary expenses, pet food, and in some cases, boarding expenses. NOTE: Some pets have discounted adoption fees, which will be mentioned on their bio pages.

Before any dog adoption will be finalized, proof of a paid obedience training class must be presented.

As part of the adoption, all MDR pets are:

  • Spayed/neutered 

  • Fully vaccinated (distemper, lepto and rabies, as age appropriate)

  • Dewormed, tested negative for heartworm, and given flea or heartworm preventative

  • Microchipped.

After we receive your completed application, we will: 

  1. Review your application to make sure the information provided is complete and appropriate given the needs of our pet

  2. Contact your references

  3. Contact you with any follow-up questions or concerns we may have

  4. Schedule a time for you (and your family members and pets) to meet our pets*

  5. If the meeting goes well, we will then schedule a home visit with the dog at your home.*

*Please note: ALL family members and pets residing in the house must be present for at least one of the interviews and home visits. This includes anyone who might be spending regular time at your home such as close relatives, significant others, pet sitters, etc.

It is common for the application process to take one week to ten days, and the full process takes approximately two weeks from the time we receive your application to the day your are able to take the dog home with you. We hope that you will be patient and understand that adopting one of our dogs is not a quick process, given the importance of finding each dog the best home.

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Mama Dog Rescue Does NOT Adopt Pets Out In Any of the Following Cases:
  • A home with other dogs and/or cats that have not been spayed/neutered

  • A home located in a city or township with breed-specific legislation (we recommend you research your city's animal-related ordinances prior to filling out the application)

  • A home in which the dog's primary caregiver is under the age of 21

  • A home in which a resident has been convicted of cruelty to or neglect of an animal. 

Things to Consider:

After reviewing your application and meeting with you, we may suggest that a dog of a different age, sex, or temperament will be better suited to your living situation and household. For example, we often recommend that homes with one pre-existing dog adopt a new dog of the opposite sex in order to reduce the likelihood of conflict between the two. Similarly, we often recommend that households with multiple young children let us recommend the best dog for them, in order to ensure positive interactions between the new dog and the younger members of the family. This is particularly important with active, energetic breeds that require specific exercise and training, such as pit bulls.

Because of the abuse, neglect, discrimination, and public misperceptions experienced by our dogs, particularly bully breed dogs, we are highly selective and thorough in our adoption screening. We do not want you to be disappointed by your new pet or overwhelmed by the pet's needs once you've brought them home, nor do we want to put a pet through a stressful transition only to have them become unwanted once again and returned to us.

​​Print out a Mama Dog Rescue Adoption Application

​Click on the button to the right

to see a printable adoption application.