Interested in Adopting? 

RESEARCH RESCUES: They are not all created equal

  • What does the adoption fee include? 
    • It SHOULD include: Spay/Neuter, Heartworm Testing (if over 6 months), Age Appropriate vaccines including Rabies, Parvo & Distemper, Flea/Tick Preventative, Heartworm Preventative, and de-worming at a minimum.    We also include bordetella and leptospirosis vaccination, as well as microchipping.
  • What does the adoption process include?
    • It SHOULD include: An application, vet reference check, and landlord check (if applicable), and a home visit should be conducted in your home.  We also check personal references. 
  • What does the adoption contract include?
    • The adoption contract should include a section in which the adoption agency retains right of ownership of the animal you are adopting.  This clause means that the rescue will require you to return the pet to them if you are ever unable to keep the animal.  While it is intended to protect the animal, this clause also protects YOU should you not be able/willing to keep that animal.  Occasionally, in spite of all the checks in place, the adopted animal is just not quite the right fit for your family and being able to return it to a safe place will give you peace of mind. 
  • What should I do if  ALL of these components are not in place with the agency I wish to adopt from? 
    • FIND A DIFFERENT RESCUE TO ADOPT FROM!!! There are literally hundreds of rescues to adopt from.  ALL of the animals are in need!  But you DON'T want to adopt from a rescue that is not reputable for a variety of reasons! 

PET RESEARCH: Not every animal is for every family

  • MONEY.  EVERY animal costs money to maintain.  Maintenance includes regular vetting as well as emergency vetting and food at a minimum.  However, you will also probably want to get toys, beds, crates, leashes, collars, potty supplies, etc.  Research these costs and be realistic and honest with yourself about what you can really afford. 
  • TIME.  EVERY animal requires time.  Some animals may need more time to run and play. Some may need more time being groomed (don't like grooming?  Add grooming costs to money.) Some may need more training.  Research the animal/breed to find the one that will best suit the TIME you have really have available.
  • SPACE.  EVERY animal requires space; how MUCH space, and what TYPE of space, varies.  For instance, cats don't need a lot of floor space, but instead thrive with a lot of vertical space. Some types of dogs need acres to run and play; others are perfectly content with the proverbial postage stamp lawn.
  • ATTENTION/AFFECTION.  EVERY animal requires attention and affection; the amount can vary by species and breed within a species. Research what type of attention/affection each animal needs.    Be very honest with yourself about how much time you have to give your pet the attention/affection it requires.
  • BE HONEST.  Be honest with yourself AND with the rescue you are working with.  Good rescue is about matchmaking.  Not every dog/cat/bird/pig/hamster fits every lifestyle and not every lifestyle suits every dog/cat/bird/pig/hamster, etc.   The rescue can only make a good match for you if you are honest and upfront with them about how you live!


  • HEARTWORM DISEASE. We strongly advise that your dog be tested for heartworms 6 months from the date the first test was administered, and again 1 year from the date it was first administered. After that, you may begin to test annually or as per your normal veterinary protocol. Unfortunately, a heartworm test is testing for antibodies that take time to develop after exposure to the illness. Which is to say that a heartworm test administered on January 1st of 2015 is testing for exposure to heartworm disease PRIOR to 7/1/2014. Therefore, it is possible that this dog was heartworm negative at the time of testing and yet may well be developing heartworm disease still. As an adopter, you will be responsible for treating this dog at your expense (and it can be expensive to treat). We advise you to have a frank conversation with your veterinarian about heartworm prevention and treatment in the rare, but possible, event that your dog will test positive later.
  • TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES (Lyme, Ehrlichia, etc.).  Testing for tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease is much like heartworm testing. While I can pick ticks off the dog, I will not know for 6 months if any tick-borne illness will result. This again, should be tested for 6 months & 1 year from the date we tested for it.
  • DE-WORMING.  Deworming is a PROCESS. No single dose of ANY medication will eradicate any parasite infestation. A reputable rescue will have started that process,  however, as the adopter, you should be prepared to continue the PROCESS of deworming, starting with a fecal exam at the first veterinary examination of your new family member.
  • HEALTH CERTIFICATESA health certificate examination is not the same as a full examination. It certifies only that your new pet was VISIBLY FREE of infectious disease at the time of examination. Our vet does take the temperature of the dog, listen to its heart, check eyes/ears/nose/throat/teeth and occasionally does a skin and/or fecal test if anything unusual is found. As with many human illnesses, there is a lag time between the time of exposure to illness and actual presentation of symptoms of the illness.

Our focus is on assisting RESCUES to obtain animals to adopt through their adoption programs.  We assume the responsibility of vetting them, getting them healthy and fit for travel and then transferring them for adoption.  We strongly support small rescues that are local to adopters; small, local rescues are far better positioned to support the adoption throughout the life of the animal.  A rescue in your area will be able to make recommendations about good vets, groomers, boarding facilities, dog sitters, etc.  that we simply are not able to make based on our location.  Additionally, by adopting locally, you are able to have all your family members, including existing pets, meet the new pet prior to adoption.  In the event that something goes awry, a small local rescue is better able to assist/get the adopted dog back in a more timely fashion. 
That said there are occasions in which we might consider adopting one of our animals directly:

  • None of our rescue partners are reasonably near you to facilitate the adoption directly.
  • You are located on/near our transport route OR are able/willing to come pick the dog up at The Manor.
  • The MMM animal is a "harder to place" animal such as a pit bull or hound, or has some special need.
  • The MMM animal is older than 6 months of age.  At NO TIME will we adopt out a puppy under 6 months of age.
  • You meet all of our adoption criteria. 
    • Agree to all of the terms established in our Adoption Contract.
    • Complete our Adoption Application
    • Pass our standard of veterinary care with your vet reference.
    • Your personal references give a good report.
    • You are allowed to have animals, of the type you are applying for, where you live.
    • Your phone interview leads us to believe that you are a successful candidate and likely match for the pet in question.
    • Your home visit goes well.