How To Adopt
IMPORTANT NOTE: MSP ADOPTS TO HOMES IN THE NORTH ALABAMA AREA ONLY (primarily Madison, Limestone, and Morgan counties). IF YOU ARE NOT IN NORTH ALABAMA PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AS IT CANNOT BE CONSIDERED, NO EXCEPTIONS.
It is our goal to find a permanent, lifelong home for our animals, which means we have a very strict adoption process that we adhere to without exception.
We get many inquiries asking that we call or contact a potential adopter about an available pet. Because we are volunteers with jobs, families, personal dogs and foster dogs, we cannot call you or arrange a meeting until you have submitted an application. The application does not obligate you in any way whatsoever; it gives the foster parent something to go on in determining whether we (and you) need to go any further in the adoption process. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
The first step in Madison Small Pups adoption process is an adoption application. Answer the questions as fully as possible, and if a question is not applicable, put N/A in the blank rather than skipping it. If you are not applying for a specific dog on the list, just put something in the blank that will tell us that (i.e., poodle, yorkie, small female, or even "any" if you want us to try to match you with a dog). Once the application has been received, it is forwarded to the appropriate dog's foster parent. We hope that you will hear something within a week after submitting an application, but in the case of a dog that is receiving dozens of applications a day, the foster mom may be totally overwhelmed.
Also, we sometimes need to wait and evaluate a dog a little longer before deciding what kind of home he needs, and that may be the reason for the delay. You are always welcome to email us and ask the status of your application, but please give us at least a week or two.
Complete The 4 Page Application
Click the link below to complete the ENTIRE 4 PAGE APPLICATION. Partial applications cannot be accepted. You will be able to click in the fields to type your answers, then click the "Send Button" at the upper right. Upon completion we will review your application and contact you as quickly as possible.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: MSP ADOPTS TO HOMES IN THE NORTH ALABAMA AREA ONLY (primarily Madison, Limestone, and Morgan counties). IF YOU ARE NOT IN NORTH ALABAMA PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AS IT CANNOT BE CONSIDERED, NO EXCEPTIONS.
- NOTE: There are 4 PAGES to the application form found at the following link. You must complete ALL 4 PAGES for your application to be considered. Partial applications cannot be accepted.
- Click here to complete the ENTIRE 4 PAGE APPLICATION now.
Vet & Reference Checks
The foster parent will do vet reference checks to make sure that your current or formerly owned dogs are well cared for, altered, up to date on immunizations, and on heartworm preventative. Please note that we never place one of our dogs in a home with an unaltered pet unless your veterinarian certifies that the pet cannot be altered for medical reasons.
Personal Contact and Home Visit
If the foster feels that you are a match for the dog you want (or we have a dog that you would be a good match for), he or she will contact you directly to discuss the adoption. If you rent or lease, the foster parent will also ask you at this time to obtain the Landlord's Agreement to Adoption Form. If things are still a "go", the foster parent will arrange for a home visit. If you are local to the dog you have applied for, the foster parent may do the home visit personally and may or may not bring the dog along. If you are not local, the foster parent will find a volunteer in your area to conduct the home visit for us and submit a Home Study Form. We need to see that the dog would have a safe, comfortable, and have a loving environment, and this is best done with a face to face meeting, even if by proxy. We do ask that all members of the family be at home for the visit if at all possible.
Once the foster parent makes a favorable determination about the home visit, you are in a position to get your new dog. Each of our dogs' biographies indicates where that dog is being fostered. We do not ship or transport our dogs, so before you apply for a dog that is not in your local area, please be sure that you are willing to drive to fetch your new family member. If all issues are equal, we do give preference to local adoptions or those that do not require extreme long distance travel. Furthermore, each foster parent makes the decision as to whether an individual dog is available for a long distance adoption.
You will be asked to sign a legally binding Madison Small Pups Rescue and Adoption contract agreeing to provide the right king of care for the dog and also agreeing not to transfer the dog to any other person. You are legally required to return the dog to us at your expense if you decide at some future time-next week or five years from now- that you are not able or willing to keep him/her. You hereby agree to return the adopted dog to Madison Small Pups if at any time you are no longer willing/able to provide for this animal. You understand that you cannot give/sell this dog to another individual, rescue, or shelter. You are also agreeing that the adoption donation is non-refundable. It is a good idea to read the contract carefully to make sure that you have no problem with it before proceeding with the application process.
Thank you so much for giving a rescued dog a new loving home. Madison Small Pups loves to get updates, especially through Facebook and with pictures. No foster parent ever completely "lets go" of a dog that he or she has cared for. There is always a special place in the heart for one, especially one that has been nursed back to health or taught how to love and be loved. Please keep in touch. As one of our adopters, you will forever be a part of the Madison Small Pups family, and we always welcome your contacts.
- NOTE: There are 4 pages to the application form found at the following link. You must complete ALL 4 PAGES for your application to be considered.
- Click here to complete the 4 page application now.
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