Adoption Process

Your best friend is waiting…

M.A.M.A.S. invests a great deal in our charges, so we have a process in place to make sure we are bringing together the best possible pairing.

Steps to Adoption

  • Select a dog or become pre-approved before actually selecting a dog
  • Complete and return application
  • If application meets our base requirements, next is a phone interview
  • Last is the home visit

How We Prepare Your Dog

As of January 2003, the M.A.M.A.S. adoption policy also requires that animals must be spayed or neutered before they are adopted. Local veterinarians will perform this surgery on shelter puppies when the animal is, at least, four months old.

M.A.M.A.S. will allow animals to leave the shelter intact, provided the new family agrees in writing to have the animal spayed/neutered. M.A.M.A.S. reserves the right to require a $200 deposit, which is held and then returned once documentation is provided to M.A.M.A.S. that the surgery has been performed. Dogs over the age of six (6) months MUST be altered within one (1) month of their adoption. Puppies under the age of six (6) months must have the procedure performed by the time they are 6 months old.  Adoptions are not final until your dog is altered and M.A.M.A.S. has the right to confiscate the animal if these terms are not met.

If the surgery is done by one of our vets, the cost is covered in the adoption fee. Post-adoption transportation to/ from the vet is the responsibility of the new family.  Unfortunately, we are unable to cover the cost of the surgery or change our adoption fees if an owner chooses to have the pet’s surgery performed at his/her own vet.

Standard medical procedures for puppies under the age of 4 months:

  • DAPP (given every 2-3 weeks depending on age
  • Bordetella vaccine
  • 5-day course of Panacur dewormer, with a second course if needed
  • Marquis paste on intake and weekly as needed
  • Flea preventative
  • Any other meds as needed

Standard medical procedures for puppies over 4 months and adult dogs:

  • DAPP
  • Bordetella
  • De-wormer
  • HW test (if over 6 months)
  • HW preventative
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Flea preventative
  • Microchip (if requested – additional $25)

Adoption Fees

The minimum adoption fee for any dog starts at $90 but can run up to $300 or more.  However, this amount barely covers the fee for sterilizing, so many pets have higher adoption fees to help us continue to save lives. We are always grateful for additional donations to cover our costs, or to help another dog receive the medical care he or she needs in order to be adoptable.

Adoption Application

To fill out this form, please download to your computer and open in Adobe Acrobat Reader. The submit button on the form only works in Adobe Acrobat. Otherwise, you can print the form and submit to our email address: 

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