Application

The first step in the adoption process is to find a dog who might be a good match for your family and complete a NON-BINDING application, either online or at an adoption event. If you see a dog listed on Petfinders or our website who appeals to you, we encourage you to apply online. If you have questions prior to completing an application, feel free to write us at marylandanimalrescue@aol.com.

Once your application is received, it will be promptly reviewed and you will be contacted within 48 hours. The next step is to visit with the dog at an adoption event or a privately arranged meeting. Please bring a hard copy of your completed application with you. If you decide to pursue your interest in a particular dog after meeting him/her/them, you will be interviewed at the meeting. It is important for all family members to be present for the interview/s unless prior arrangements have been made.

After the interview process, home visits are done for the applicants selected. The process generally takes about a week from start to finish. Please note: Applications are not approved on a first come first serve basis; rather, the home that seems to be the best fit for the dog is chosen.

The purpose of the application process is to find the best fit for dog and person/family. You may submit one application for multiple dogs.
You must be over the age of 21 years for your application to be considered.

Our adoption fee for all dogs and puppies is $275.00. Dogs will be fully vetted prior to adoption, which includes: basic shots, spay/neuter and microchip. If a dog is not spayed or neutered prior to adoption (due to medical reason or age), a refund of $100 will be made upon proof of spay/neuter.

Our adoption area covers the VA/DC/MD Metropolitan area.

Thank you.

Click here to print a standard PDF application form. If you download and complete, applications can be returned via email or fax. The address and fax number are on the application.


Dog you are interested in (if more than one, please list in order of preference):
What appeals to you about him/her/them?
Name:
Email Address:
Phone Number:
Street Address:
City/State/Zip:
Referred by:
Number of children and ages:
Do you plan on children in the future? Yes
No

People in household (please list names and relationship to you of all people who reside in the home):
Place(s) of employment for all adults and how long employed:
Type of home (geographic area): Urban
Suburban
Rural

Type of home: Single Family Home
Townhouse
Apartment/Condo

Do you rent or own?: Rent
Own

How long at current address:
If renting, does lease allow pets? (please bring a copy of your lease to the interview) Yes
No

If renting, does your lease contain any size/breed restrictions? (please bring a copy of your lease to the interview) Yes
No

Fenced yard? Yes
No
Partially

If yes, fence type: Wood
Chain link
Other

Fence height: (please be exact)
Is fence attached to your home? Yes
No

Do you have locks on your gate? Yes
No

If no, are you willing to fence? Yes
No

If yes, when?
Type of fence contemplated?
Dog door? Yes
No
Future

Do you use a lawn service to maintain your yard? Yes
No

Do you have a pool? Yes
No

Any plans to move in the foreseeable future? Yes
No

If yes, what will you do with your pets?
Does anyone in your household have any allergies to pets? Yes
No

If yes, please explain:
Canine companion I/we have in mind: Puppy
Young Adult
Mature Adult
Senior
Special Needs

Size: Under 25 lbs
26-50 lbs
51-80 lbs
Giant

Energy level: Very active
Moderately active
Couch potato/TV pal

Why did you decide to get a dog at this time?
Have you previously applied to adopt a dog from Maryland Animal Rescue or any other rescue group or shelter? Yes
No

If yes, when?
Who will be the primary caretaker of the dog?
Who will walk the dog?
Who will feed the dog?
How many weeks are you generally away on vacation or business travel each year?
Who will care for the dog in your absence?
Will your dog ever travel with you? Yes
No

Where will the dog sleep (please be specific):
Where will the dog be exercised on leash?
Do you use or have you ever used retractable leashes? Yes
No

Where and how will he/she be exercised off leash (please specify all occasions and locations)?
Number of hours dog will be left alone on work days and on weekends (please specify times):
Where will your dog be left when you are not home? Crated
Free to roam the house
Confined to portion of house
Outdoors
Other

Please specify:
Where will your dog be kept when you are at home? Crated
Free to roam the house
Confined to portion of house
Outdoors
Other

Please specify:
If left outdoors when you are not home, when will s/he be left out? Not Applicable
Always
Sometimes
Only when weather is good
Other

Please explain:
How much time will you and your family have to play with the dog on a normal work day?
How much time will you and your family have to play with the dog on a normal weekend day?
What kind of toys or treats have you used in the past or plan to use with your new dog?
What brand/kind of food have you used previously or anticipate feeding your new dog?
Have you dealt with behavior issues previously with a dog? Yes
No

If yes, please describe:
Are you willing to get professional training for your dog if s/he would benefit from it? Yes
No

Are you willing to keep your dog on heartworm preventative every month, year around? Yes
No

What causes heartworm in dogs?
How much do you think it costs annually to own a dog? Medical? Food and supplies?
Describe any and all circumstances which may cause you to return your adopted dog (please include possible situations relating to both you and your dog):
If you had to give up your dog, would you: Find him/her a new home
Give to family member
Take to animal shelter
Return to Maryland Animal Rescue
Other

Please explain:
Do you currently own a pet of any kind? (If yes, please complete the following section for each pet, using a separate sheet of paper if necessary. Form allows for two pets to be listed.) Yes
No

Pet name:
Type of pet: Dog
Cat
Other

Pet breed:
Pet age:
Gender: Male
Female

Spayed/Neutered: Yes
No

What year did you get the pet?
How/where did you get the pet?
Comments:
Pet name:
Type of pet: Dog
Cat
Other

Pet breed:
Pet age:
Gender: Male
Female

Spayed/Neutered: Yes
No

What year did you get the pet?
How/where did you get the pet?
Comments:
Have you had pets of any kind in the past (you need not include family pets from childhood)? Yes
No

Pet name:
Type of pet: Dog
Cat
Other

Breed:
Gender: Male
Female

Spayed/Neutered: Yes
No

What year did you get the pet?
Age of pet at time:
How/where did you get the pet?
Year pet died or left your home:
Cause of death or present whereabouts of pet (please provide details):
Pet name:
Type of pet: Dog
Cat
Other

Breed:
Gender: Male
Female

Spayed/Neutered: Yes
No

What year did you get the pet?
Age of pet at time:
How/where did you get the pet?
Year pet died or left your home:
Cause of death or present whereabouts of pet (please provide details):
Have you ever had to give up a pet in the past? Yes
No

If yes, please explain why:
Contact information for all veterinary practices used in the past 15 years:
Have you used heartworm preventative, year around, for your current and past pets? Yes
No

If no, please explain:
What heartworm preventative have you used?
Prescribing veterinarian(s):
Have you taken any steps to prevent tick-borne diseases? Yes
No

If yes, please describe:
Have you ever incurred extraordinary medical expenses for any pet, current or past? Yes
No

If yes, please elaborate:
Will you permit a home visit by a Maryland Animal Rescue representative? Yes
No

Do you authorize a vet reference by a Maryland Animal Rescue representative? Yes
No

How did you hear about Maryland Animal Rescue? Friend
Internet
Pet Store
Newspaper
Veterinarian
Other

In signing or submitting this application, I attest that I have answered all questions fully and accurately. Signature or Name of Applicant:
Date: