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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



  1. The adopter agrees to pay Madison Animal Rescue Foundation (MARF) an adoption fee, which is refundable within the 7-14 day trial period, provided that the adopter returns the animal in the same condition that it was adopted and releases MARF of any further liability. The animal must be returned with its folder, vet records, and rabies tag. Failure to return the rabies tag or transfer the microchip registration with the animal will result in a $25 fee.  The adoption fee is not refundable after the trial period.
  2. It is agreed and understood by the adopter that while every effort is made to provide an accurate history and assessment of an animal’s health and temperament, MARF does not warranty an animal regarding medical status, behavior, or disposition.  It is further agreed that physical changes (ie. declawing) and/or environmental changes may affect the temperament and behavior of the above named animal and that MARF has no liability or responsibility of any nature regarding later defects with the animal, or injuries/damage to any person or property that may be caused.
  3. The adopter is 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. The adopter agrees to provide the animal a good, safe home with proper care, attention and  agrees to have the animal examined by a licensed veterinarian at least once every year and will keep the animal’s vaccinations up to date.
  4. ADOPTER AGREES ALL ANIMALS ADOPTED FROM MARF WILL BE KEPT INDOORS AND WILL NOT BE DECLAWED. MARF reserves all rights in reclaiming the animal should we find the adopter in violation of the agreed upon contract.
  5. The adopter agrees to have the animal properly licensed each year and not to violate any federal, state, or local laws or ordinances with this animal.
  6. Return Cat Policy -  The adoption fee is not refundable after the trial period stated above has passed. If after 30 days from date of adoption and with certain conditions warranting, you need to return your adopted cat please contact a MARF representative. Since MARF does not have a shelter/facility the returned cat may be placed back into our foster program when a foster space becomes available, until then you are responsible for your cat. We cannot accept "walk-in" returns or requests at our adoption events without prior coordination. All vetting must be current and up to date to include annual exam, feline distemper shot and rabies.
  7. In the event that MARF employs an attorney due to a violation of this agreement, it is agreed the adopter shall pay the attorney’s fees and court costs that may be deemed reasonably necessary.


I have read and understand the terms and conditions listed above and agree to abide with the conditions as set forth. I acknowledge that all the information on this form is true and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation of fact may result in the removal of the adopted animal from my possession. This agreement shall be binding upon the adopter and MARF and their successors or beneficiaries.



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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? ________________________Animal's ID number?_______________


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  

List all your pets ages, sizes, breed and if living or deceased.

Do the listed pets still reside with you?

If not, where are they now?

Are the listed pets kept inside, outside or both?

Have you ever adopted a pet from Madison Animal Rescue Foundation?   

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?

If you are interested in a cat, will you provide a place for the cat to climb?

If interested in a cat, do you have concerns about the litter box, annoying behaviors, hair on furniture, scratching, or climbing??

If you are interested in adopting a cat, will you have it declawed?

Do you want to know about alternatives to declawing?

Other Information

Why do you want to own a pet?

In the event that this animal is unavailable, what is a general description of the kind of pet you would like to adopt?

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?

How do you plan to introduce your new pet to the other pets in the household?

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?  

REQUIREMENTS: I am at least 21 years old. My pets are kept primarily indoors. They are social and need to be part of the family. I agree to return the animal to MARF if unable or unwilling to take care of the animal in the future. I agree not to get an animal to give as a pet. If you are getting a pet for a child, you must take responsibility for it. Children cannot take proper care of a pet alone. Puppies and kittens that have not been spayed or neutered can only be adopted locally unless special arrangements are made. (We cover the cost of spay/neuter at MARF local vets and all animals must be spayed/neutered). Many of our dogs have a history of getting out, therefore they require appropriate containment/fenced yard for outside.

Wish List

(Last Updated 4/22/2019) 


Dog Food:

  • Whole Hearted Salmon and Pea (From Petco)
  • Acana Freshwater Fish or Wild Atlantic
  • Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain Salmon and Sweet Potato (From Costco-BLUE bag)

Miscellaneous (Dogs):

  • Emu oil –  for treatment of skin issues (Amazon has great prices!)
  • Coconut oil - for treatment of skin issues
  • Heartworm  Preventative - Heartguard Plus , Interceptor Plus
  • Flea Preventative – Frontline Plus, Comfortis, Nextguard, Capstar
  • Anti-fungal creams
  • Pet ear and eye drops, wipes, cleaners
  • Puppy Pads – tons
  • Crates/Carriers  – medium, large, extra large sizes 



 Dry Food: 

  • Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain Salmon and Sweet Potato  (From Costco-ORANGE bag)
  • Royal Canin Mother and Baby Cat (for nursing mothers and kittens)
  • Science Diet Kitten (Orange Tabby on the bag)
  • Purina One Kitten (teal colored bag)

 Wet Food:

  • Fancy Feast Kitten food (any flavor)
  • Any mid level protein cat food (Fancy Feast Classic, Crave Chicken Pate and Friskies Bits w/Gravy)
  • KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement) liquid or powder


  • Temptations Treats (any flavor)

Miscellaneous (Cats):

  • Puppy Pads – tons
  • Flea Preventative - Revolution Flea Treatment for Cats for all weights, Capstar
  • Kitten nursing bottles + extra nipples
  • Kitty Litter
  • Heating pads without auto-shut off (ie. Sunbeam Ultra Heat Technology Model #756-500)
  • Crates/Carriers  – small and medium sizes 



  • Paper Towels
  • Nature's Miracle (available at pet stores)
  • OdoBan  (At Sam's Club and Home Depot = $10/gallon)
  • Fabuloso
  • Harnesses, leashes, collars  (PLEASE NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES)
  • Toys, Nylabones
  • Blankets
  • Crate covers


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




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