Adoption Process

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Watch the Mitten Mutts Facebook page or website to see available dogs that we post. We are currently only doing adoptions for residents of the state of Michigan.

Choose a pet and fill out our adoption application.

Once you fill out the Adoption Application (link above), our volunteers will check your references, review your application, and respond to your adoption application within a week or two. (We are all volunteers here at Mitten Mutts so please be patient with us!)

If your application seems like a good fit, we will schedule a home visit. Please note that most of our dogs receive multiple applications so submitting an application does not guarantee you will get the pet. Depending on where you live, the home visit could be in-person or virtual.

After the home visit, we will schedule an in-person meet and greet. The adopter is responsible for driving to the foster home (or to a previously agreed upon location) to meet the dog AND for driving to return the dog if the adoption should fail at any time.

If the meet and greet goes well, you will pay the adoption fee for your MItten Mutt via check, PayPal (mittenmuttsdogrescue@gmail.com), or Venmo (@Mitten-Mutts) and sign a contract.

  • For dogs who are 6 months old or younger - Fee is $250

  • For dogs between 7 months and 6 years of age - Fee is $200

  • For dogs 7 years or older - Fee is $150

The dog will then be in a trial period with you. If after a few days, things are still going well, you will let us know. At that time, we will deposit the adoption fee. We will also sign and send you a copy of the contract and transfer your dog's microchip to you.

CONGRATS! You officially have your new best friend!!

NOTE: We occasionally have cats and kittens. The process is the same, but the adoption fee is $100 for kittens and $50 for cats over 6 months.

Adoption Requirements

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Fix 'em up.

All current pets in your household must be spayed or neutered.​

Keep them healthy.

Adopter should provide all necessary vet care including by not limited to annual vaccinations, heart worm testing, and preventative measures.

These are your fur babies.

We want our dogs to be members of the family and be able to spend time with their people, not left outside.

Bring it back!

If an adopter isn't able to keep the dog, they should be returned to Mitten Mutts Dog Rescue.