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Adoption Requirements

Adoption Requirements

Madison Animal Rescue Foundation animals are for life...we're always here to answer questions and help solve problems. Please be aware that by adopting an animal from MARF, you are making a commitment to provide love, care, and medical treatment for the life of the animal, which can be up to 20 years. Adopting an animal is a serious commitment, but one that is rarely regretted!   Please take this responsibility seriously. If you are unable to make such a commitment, please consider becoming a foster instead?

1)       Pets are social creatures and need to be part of the family in order to thrive and flourish.  Dogs must be kept primarily in-doors. Our cats are in-door only, as cat allowed outdoors are exposed to too many life threatening dangers.

2)      Adopter must have all current pets up to date on shots and spayed/neutered. Adopter need to have a veterinarian (vet clinic) that we can contact for a reference/vet check if previously or currently a pet owner.

3)      Adopter agrees to work with MARF if they are unable to take care of the animal in the future.  This is a joint effort and needs to be coordinated with a MARF representative.  Please understand that it may not be immediately possible for MARF to take custody of the animal as we are purely a foster based rescue.  We will try to help you re-home your pet, but you are ultimately responsible for your pet until an appropriate adopter or foster space opens up. You are part of the re-homing process and will need to foster/volunteer at adoptions, just like our volunteer fosters do.   

5)      Do not adopt an animal to give as a pet or gift. If you are getting a pet for a child, you must take responsibility for it. Children cannot take proper care of a pet alone.

6)      You must be at least 21 years old to adopt.

7)      Puppies that have not been spayed or neutered can only be adopted locally unless special arrangements are made. Cats and kittens will be spayed/neutered prior to adoptions. MARF covers the cost of the spay/neuter at MARFs affiliated local vets (Pet Hospital of Madison, West Madison Vet Clinic and Madison Animal Care Hosptial).

8)      Many of our dogs have a history of getting out, therefore they require appropriate containment/fenced yard for outside.

9)      MARF only adopts locally and cannot transport dogs or cats

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Personal Information

Name:                    ____________________________________________________________

Address:                _________________________________________________________       

Home number:                                   Cell:                                   Work/Alt. Phone:____________

Best time to call?                 _____________________________________________________

Email address:                      _____________________________________________________

Where do you work?                                                 _                Full time?        |        Part-time?


What is the name of the animal you are interested in adopting? ________________________


Home & Family Information

Do you:   Own a home   |   Rent a home   |   Live in an apartment   |   Live in a dorm

If you do not own your residence, will your landlord allow you to keep this animal?           
May we contact your landlord for confirmation? Please provide contact information:

How long have you lived at this residence?

Who lives in the home (list gender and age):

Do you currently own any animals? List all pets you own, their age, and how long you have owned them (please include a list of animals you have owned in the past 10 years and where they are now):

Are all four legged animals you own spayed or neutered?     Yes   |   No
*If no, are you willing to do so? Why or why not?

Are your pets up to date on all their shots, including rabies and bordetella?   Yes   |   No     

Vet Information (if applicable)

Personal Veterinarian/Clinic:             


Pet Information

Where did you first see the animal you’d like to adopt? 
Adoption Event  |  MARF’s Website  |  Another Website (please list)         |  Other

Why did you choose this particular animal?

Have you researched or are you familiar with this type/breed of animal?

For adopters of dogs:

Will this dog be:   indoors   |   outdoors   |   both

If the dog will be primarily outside, do you have adequate shelter for it? Please describe:

Do you have a fenced in yard?   Yes   |   No     If yes, how tall?                    
*If no, how will you keep the animal safe?

Are you planning to attend basic obedience classes?   Yes   |   No
If no, why not?

For adopters of cats

Will this cat be an indoor cat?   Yes   |   No
*If no, how will you keep it safe?

Other Information

Why do you want to own a pet?

How often will you exercise your pet and how?

Are you willing and able to deal with and correct all the issues that may come with owning a pet? (housebreaking, chewing, digging, barking, marking, etc.)   Yes   |   No
                *If yes, how, if no, why not?

If you go out of town, or move, what will you do with your pet?

Under what circumstances would you return an adopted MARF animal to MARF or give up ownership of the pet?
 (ie. not housebroken, too hyper, etc.)

How did you become aware of Madison A.R.F.?

Will you allow a home visit by MARF prior to finalization of the adoption?    Yes   |   No

If no, why not?  

Wish List


Dog Food

Diamond Brand- Chicken and Rice or Puppy

Costco- Chicken and Rice or Puppy

Purina Dog Chow 

Any other High quality dog food


Cat Food

Purina One for Cats

Natural Choice

Purina Cat Chow

Preventative Care

Flea /Tick Preventatives- (K9 Advantix, Frontline, Advantage, or Capstar)

Dog /Cat Heart worm Medication -(Heartgard and Interceptor)



**Crates** We are in desperate need of all size crates and carriers.

Harnesses, leashes, collars

Toys, Nylabones

Quality Treats

Stainless steel no tip bowls


floor mats

crate covers

Paper Towels


Nature's Miracle (available at pet stores)

Puppy Pads

 Items can be dropped off during adoption events on Saturdays or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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