The adoption process starts with submittal of the online Adopter Information Form. If you wish to adopt a MARS dog, please complete the form in its entirety by answering every question. Each question is there for a reason, and the answers provide us with the information needed to help us successfully match an applicant with a dog. You MUST complete the Adopter Information Form before asking about a specific dog. You will not be considered for any dog prior to completion of the Adopter Info Form.
When the Adopter Information Form has been reviewed, MARS will start looking for the right dog for you. We consider adoption requests in the order that they are received, but our priority is in placing each dog with the person or family who is the best match for that dog. Therefore, it is possible that someone submitting an adoption request after you could be matched with a dog before you.
If a dog becomes available that seems to be a good match, we will contact you to discuss the dog. If you are interested in the dog, we will check references and schedule a home visit. A MARS volunteer will visit your home to check on the safety of your property for a dog, as well as to answer your questions and help you plan for a Miniature Australian Shepherd.
After the the home visit, we will arrange for you to meet the dog. If all goes well, a MARS Area Coordinator will help you complete the adoption. MARS asks an adoption fee for all of our dogs, and it varies depending on the age and health of the dog. All of our dogs are spayed or neutered before being placed.
Adopting a dog from MARS is a process that takes time. However, the love of the right Mini Aussie is well worth the wait!
Please note: MARS reserves the right to take no action when an applicant submits an incomplete Adopter Info Form. Furthermore, MARS reserves the right to refuse an adoption if the home situation or environment is found to be unsafe or incompatible with the needs of the available dog.
I can't believe that you have declined my application for a dog. I've had dogs my entire life. Can you explain why you are not going to give me a dog?
Our guiding principle is to make decisions that are in the best interest of the dogs that are within our care. Our foster dogs have already been through at least one home, and we want to be sure that their next home is their last home. There are many reasons why we may decline an application. If we are unable to place a dog with you, it doesn't mean that we think that you are a bad person or a bad dog owner. Instead, it means that at this time, we don't have a dog that matches with you. There are a lot of dogs in need all over the country, and we encourage you to visit your local shelter or work with another rescue group to find your new best friend.
Do you permit adoptions to Canadian residents?
Yes! We have many adopters living in Canada. You will need to travel to the U.S. to get the dog, so you will need either a passport or an enhanced driver's license. All of our dogs have rabies vaccines, and proof will be provided so that you can take your dog across the border into Canada.