All adoption decisions are based on what we feel is in the best interest for each dog. We reserve the right to decline any application if we feel the dogs health, safety or well-being would be at risk.
How We Determine What Breed a Dog is - Quite simply, we really don't. Our dogs, most commonly, are magnificent mutts. The breed listed is usually a "mix" and is completely based on a guess of one person (usually shelter staff). There can be endless varying opinions as to what a dog is really mixed with. For example, a dog may be marked as a lab mix and if you get a DNA test done, there may not be any lab in the dog at all. The reality is, if it's important to you to have a certain breed (or it is important that your dog NOT have certain breeds in its makeup), try a breed-specific rescue group. If breed is not a concern when choosing a fit for your family, try to focus on traits that make a difference in daily life such as personality/temperament, size, health, activity level and age. When it comes to choosing a rescue dog, they most often are very watered down mutts and should not be judged based on any specific breed stereotypes. Please remember before you commit that WE CAN NOT/DO NOT REPRESENT THAT WE REALLY KNOW WHAT BREED/MIX A DOG MAY BE.
Application Review Process - Once we receive your application, we will review it to see if you meet our adoption criteria.
If you have pets that are not properly vaccinated, we will decline your application. This includes cats that are kept indoors at all times.
If you have pets that are not spayed/neutered, we will decline your application.
If you listed a vet reference, we will call your vet to verify your information. It is required that applicants with no previous vet history have a fenced in area.
If your application is accepted, we will do a home visit. If the home visit is not acceptable, you may be denied or given the opportunity to correct any issues.
All applicants must be 23 years of age or older.
We often receive several applications for the same dog. We do not base our decision on the order in which the applications were received. We review each application and make our decision based on what we feel is the best fit for each dog. We reserve the right to decline any application that is not in the dog's best interest.
Adoption Agreement - After your application has been approved and you have chosen your new family member, you will be required sign an adoption agreement before we can finalize your adoption. Adoption agreements are usually done through DocuSign a day prior to the adoption. On the actual adoption day, the counselor will review specifics of the contract and answer any questions that you may have.
Adoption Fees - All adoptions are $300 which can be paid via cash or check at the time of adoption. It can also be paid online through the donation button on the website. THE ADOPTION FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
About the Adoption Fees - The Adoption fee is a NONREFUNDABLE fee given to The Maggie Society so that we may continue our mission of saving dogs. If the time comes that an adopter can no longer care for the dog, it is understood that NO REFUND of adoption fees will be given and that the dog must be returned to The Maggie Society.
Adoption Day - When you come to pick up your dog, all adoption paperwork will be signed. You will be required to bring payment at that time. Please also note that you must come with an appropriately-sized collar, pet-id tag with your name and contact information on it, British Lead/Slip Lead w/guard leash, and a crate or seatbelt to secure your pup while traveling. The adoption counselor will review veterinary records. The Maggie Society provides the adopter with two copies of records; one for the vet and one for the new owner.
Adoption Thread- We use Facebook Messenger to create a thread of communication between the Maggie Society, the adopter, the foster, and the adoption counselor. This allows adopters to ask questions and get support while you and your new pup adapt to life together. As an added bonus, we love getting pupdates and photos of our Maggie Alumni and hope that you will stay in touch! For those not on Messenger, we use text groups for the same purpose.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
The adoption fee can be paid in cash, check or online. Do not pay this fee until instructed by your adoption counselor which will be within 24 hours of the adoption.