FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I email you to be first in line to adopt a dog?


Our priority is to make sure our dogs end up with the right family for their needs, so we don't process applications on a first-come-first-served basis. Rather, we evaluate all applications we receive to find the best fit for the dog. The first step is filling out an adoption application, and you can do that here!




What happens after I fill out a foster or volunteer application?


We'll contact you within 72 hours via the information you provide on your application and we'll speak with you directly about our programs.




What happens after I fill out an adoption application?


You'll receive an immediate automated response letting you know your submission was successful. After reviewing applications, we'll proceed to set up meet and greets, home checks, and start contacting personal references for the applicants that will be the best fit for the dog. If we feel your home will be a good fit, we'll be in touch via phone or email within five days.




How can I adopt a dog?


Click here to learn more about our adoption process and submit an application!




Do I have to fill out a new application every time I'm interested in adopting a dog?


Nope! We can look up your previously submitted application – just send us an message with your contact information, the dog's name, and a quick reminder that you've already applied.




What should I do if I have questions about an available dog?


If you're interested in adopting the dog, the best thing to do is fill out an adoption application. You can also contact us by clicking here.




Is there a fee to submit an adoption application?


Nope! You can submit one for free right here.




Is there a fee to adopt a dog?


Our adoption fee ranges from $200 to $495, which includes spay/neuter, wellness check, vaccinations, deworming, microchip, and a behavioral assessment. Misunderstood Mutts Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated completely by volunteers, so you can rest assured the fee goes directly toward your adopted pup's care and the rescue's cost of upkeep!




Why was my application denied?


If you weren't selected for a particular dog, it was because we found a home that was a better fit for that dog's needs. Your application stays in our system once submitted, so when you see another dog you're interested in adopting please send us a message to let us know – we like to think there's a dog for everyone!




What are the requirements for adoption?


You must be willing and able to care for the dog. That includes being in a stable home environment, financially capable to care for the dog, and have enough time in your life to give your new dog adequate training and attention.




What is fostering?


Fostering means bringing a dog into your home with the goal of nurturing them until we can find a permanent home with a family who will love them forever. When you foster for our rescue, we pay ALL expenses: food, toys, supplies, training, medication, and vet visits. The only thing you’re responsible for while fostering is caring for the dog until he or she is adopted. We try to make fostering as easy as possible for you, but we’re not gonna lie: fostering can be challenging. However, it’s a critical part of our adoption process because most of our dogs come neglectful situations, often with a history of abuse, and they require time to adjust. If you'd like to apply to foster for MMR, please submit an application here.




Where are you located?


We are a foster-based rescue group, which means we don’t work out of a facility. Instead, we rely on foster homes to shelter and care for dogs until we've found the perfect family to adopt them. We serve the Washington State cities of Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Tri-Cities, Yakima, and all points in-between.




Do I have to live in the Pacific Northwest to adopt one of your dogs?


We currently only adopt out to Washington homes. We're unable to adopt to Oregon and British Columbia at this time due to border closure and COVID-19 restrictions.




I have information about a dog that needs help, how can I contact you?


If you need to surrender your own dog, please submit this form. If you have information about a dog that's not yours, please send us a message via our contact form and we'll get back to you within 72 hours.




Do you accept donations of food, toys, or other items?


Since we don't operate out of a facility, the quickest and easiest way to support our mission is by making a donation. That being said, we generally accept items as long as we have a use for them and a place to store them - please contact us about your items.




Can I visit the adoptable dogs in person?


Yes - our adoption process requires a meet and greet! If you'd like to meet a dog, please start by filling out an adoption application. If we feel your home is a good fit for the dog you applied for, we'll be in touch within five days.




I'm having behavioral issues with a dog I adopted from you, what should I do?


We believe that all dogs need training, and most behaviors have training solutions. We're happy to help you find a qualified trainer and give our suggestions based on what we know about the dog. Please contact us!




I want to get involved! How can I help?


We're always looking for foster homes and volunteers! You can also make a big impact on our mission by making a donation online.




How do I make an appointment for your spay & neuter clinic?


We open up appointment requests one week before each clinic. Upcoming clinic dates and more information can be found here. Please read through that page before contacting us about upcoming clinics!




What does foster-to-adopt mean?


Our foster-to-adopt program involves everything mentioned above, but with the end goal of adopting the dog yourself. Think of it as a trial run to see if you and a dog are a good fit. The process is a lot like adopting, but MMR will cover medical bills and assess any issues during the foster-to-adopt period. The dog will be with you during a period of about three weeks, but it depends on behavior and health issues of the dog. If the dog and the family aren't the right fit, ideally the dog will stay in the same foster home until they're adopted. If you're interested in participating in our foster-to-adopt program, please start by filling out a foster application here.




What are the requirements for fostering a dog?


First and foremost, love and patience! Fostering can be stressful at times, but it's a critical part of our adoption process because most of our dogs come from neglectful situations, often with a history of abuse, and they require time to adjust. As a foster, your responsibility is to socialize and support pets who may be dealing with injuries, neglect, or abandonment. They need stability, love, and sometimes extra medical attention. You'll also need a reliable vehicle so you're able to take the pet to their scheduled vet appointments, and if you already have pets they need to be up to date on vaccinations and be okay with a new animal in their home.

Since the specific needs varies for each dog, the best thing to do is fill out a foster application. From there, we’ll be able to determine which dog will fit best with your home.




How can I get a $50 voucher toward my pet's spay/neuter at Yakima Humane Society?


Submit this form and we'll email your voucher within 72 hours!




Is it expensive to foster a dog?


Nope! At MMR, we pay all foster expenses (like food, training, toys, vet visits, and medical supplies). Some of our fosters choose to purchase these expenses as a donation, while others submit their receipts to us for full reimbursement. We're thankful either way! You can submit a foster application here.




How long does a dog usually stay in foster care?


Fostering can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the animal's behavioral assessment and medical needs. We sometimes rescue animals who need extra medical attention – those cases require a little more time, but we'll always communicate special needs cases ahead of time so you won't be blindsided. Our top priority is to get every animal healthy, spayed/neutered, and properly trained & socialized before being adopted so they have the greatest opportunity to be the best pets they can be! Submit a foster application here.





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