Frequently Asked Questions
Do you adopt out of state?
Yes! We can adopt out of state (Canada included) on a case by case basis. Not all of our dogs are suitable for flying, but ground transportation will always be considered.
What is the adoption process like?
After you submit your application online through our website, you will be contacted usually within a few days to submit photos of your home to complete your home check. We’ll need to see your living area, where the dog would be kept/sleep, your backyard (if applicable), and your fence (if applicable). If we think you might be a good match for one of our dogs, we will contact you to schedule a phone interview. Please be patient with us though, as we are a completely volunteer-run organization.
How much is your adoption fee?
Adults one year of age and up have an adoption fee of $300.
Six months - one year old: $350
Under six months: $475
What do you consider an “adult”?
One year of age and older.
What is included in the adoption fee?
Your adoption donation will help cover costs to care for your dog and fully vet him/her. All dogs will be spayed/neutered, be up to date on vaccines, flea/tick treatment, dewormed, and given any medical attention necessary. Your dog will be provided with quality food while in foster care, along with toys, chews, crate, bedding, grooming products, leash, collar, ID tag, and anything else s/he needs to thrive!
How long after submitting an app should I expect a reply?
We try to reach out within a few days, but keep in mind that we are completely volunteer-run so please be patient with us!
Do you spay/neuter the dogs before adoption?
Yes! It would not be responsible of us to let rescue dogs breed. However, not every dog can be spayed or neutered prior to leaving rescue. In such cases, arrangements will be made during the adoption process for the dog to be fixed and a contract will be signed to have puppies fixed by the owner at no later than 12 months.
What does it mean by adoption pending?
It means that the dog has an approved adopter but they have not taken possession of the dog yet.
What happens if I’m approved but the dog I wanted was adopted?
We have such amazing dogs and it’s only logical that more than one person is going to be interested in a dog. In such cases, we will make sure we find the absolute best fit for both dog and adopter. If the dog you wanted was adopted, we will continue to work with you until we find another suitable match.
What determines when a dog is “working home only”?
A dog who needs to go to a working home is one that is very high drive with the energy to match, and would not be suitable in a pet-only home. A dog like this would do best with being active every single day and having a job to do. In these cases, the dog would likely require an experienced handler, or at the very least one that is willing to learn and dedicate the necessary time and energy into seeing the dog thrive.
What if the dog I adopted isn’t a good fit?
We do everything we possibly can to make sure the dog you adopt will be a great fit in your home and matched to your lifestyle. We encourage meet and greet with our dogs, and even playdates. If all avenues have been exhausted and you cannot keep the dog, you must contact us (as stated in the adoption contract) and we can make arrangements for bringing the dog back into the rescue.
I’ve never owned a Malinois. Would you still consider my application?
Yes! Everyone starts out somewhere. As long as you are dedicated to learning everything you can and providing the best life for your future Malinois, we will definitely consider your application. Please keep in mind though that some dogs will require an experienced handler.
I live in an apartment. Can I still adopt?
Yes! Malinois can live in apartments with the right training and dedication.
Do you take owner-surrendered dogs?
We can consider owner-surrendered dogs on a case by case basis. Surrendering your dog should always be a last resort after all other available options have been exhausted. We can help refer you to a trainer in your area if there is a behavioral-related issue with your Malinois.
How do I become a foster?
You’ll need to submit your application through our website here. You will then be contacted to complete a phone interview and home check.