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 indoors. Our cats are indoors only, as cats allowed outdoors are exposed to too many life-threatening dangers.
  • 2 The adopter must have all current pets up to date on shots and spayed/neutered. Adopters need to have a veterinarian (vet clinic) that we can contact for a reference/vet check if they were 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.
  • 4 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.
  • 5 You must be at least 21 years old to adopt.
  • 6 Many of our dogs have a history of getting out; therefore, they require appropriate containment/fenced yard for outside.
  • 7 MARF only adopts locally and cannot transport dogs or cats