Adopt A Mutt Rescue

Saving one dog may not change the world, but for that one dog... their world will be forever changed.

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Adoption FAQ

Why do I have to fill out this long adoption form?

The adoption form is not intended as a judgement of a potential dog owner. Rather, it is a tool that is used to help determine if a dog is a good match for the prospective home or not. For example, some dogs require homes with other dogs for company, some need a fenced yard and some are not suitable for homes with young children. The form also answers a lot of questions you may have as an adopter about the adoption process. Responding to phone calls and emails can be very time consuming and the form alleviates a lot of that!

What if I'm not a good match?

People often times fall in love with the look, breed or size of a prospective  dog after looking at their pictures. If the dog is found to not be a good match, every effort will be made to suggest a dog that is more ideal for your situation. Adoption forms are also kept on file for future dogs that may come into care.

Is the home visit really mandatory? I'm not comfortable with a stranger coming to my house. 

The home visit is mandatory. We understand that it can be uncomfortable but again, it is not a judgement. We're not looking for dust in the corners! We are looking for potential hazards for the dog. Different people have different perspectives on things like yard security, kennel size or a dog's reaction to other pets. We make sure your home will be a safe environment for the particular dog and also help to introduce the new dog to other furry residents in the home.

Isn't $375 a lot to pay for a mixed breed dog?

Our adoption fee is on par with many other rescues in town. It may seem like a lot, however, all dogs adopted from Adopt A Mutt are fully vaccinated (including boosters and rabies), microchipped, spay or neutered and licensed if adopted in city limits. A "free" dog would cost you at least twice this to have the basic vet care completed. Our dogs also eat quality dog food while in rescue and are kept around long enough that you know exactly what you are getting in terms of personality.

Why do you not adopt outside of  Thunder Bay?

Coordinating an adoption takes a lot of time. Meeting the dog in person is a major step in adoption and this is not possible with a long distance adoption. Trying to coordinate transport and home visits out of town is simply beyond what our volunteer resources can handle at this time.  Additionally, a long car ride with strangers is something that would be very stressful on any dog. We keep our dog's best interest in mind and if a dog can be adopted locally to a family that we can get to know prior to adoption, this is the best case scenario.

The exception is dogs with special needs (health or behavioural) that may need a home that isn't available locally.

If you're out of town and interested in rescuing a dog, please contact us so we may direct you to reputable rescues closer to you!

Donations are always gratefully appreciated and go towards vet and food costs for all dogs currently in care awaiting their forever homes. Paypal is easy and secure.

Donations also accepted via email money transfer to