How To Adopt

Please read through the Adoption Process and Requirements for Adopting before submitting an application. Once you’ve thoroughly read through this information, an adoption application must be submitted before inquiring about a dog or being considered to adopt a dog from National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR).

Adoption Process

Adopting a puppy mill survivor can be a challenging yet exceptionally rewarding experience. Prior to being rescued, our dogs spend their entire lives in small wire cages with only one purpose in life; to produce puppies. In most cases, they have had very little human contact and as a result, they may take quite a bit of time adjusting to life as a family member. Above all else, puppy mill survivors need time and patience while they are learning to adjust to a new, exciting and sometimes intimidating world. The good news is, most puppy mill survivors do heal, do learn to trust, do housetrain and leashtrain and do become joyful family members. For many of them, the adjustment period is fairly quick (a month or so), for others, it will take more time. In all cases, time, patience and love are key ingredients to developing the very special bond that you will experience when adopting a puppy mill survivor.

Persons interested in adopting from National Mill Dog Rescue must read the Requirements for Adopting and, when applicable, the Out Of State Adoption requirements and then must complete the Adoption Application. Within 24 hours of receipt of your application, an Adoptions Team member will respond to you via EMAIL with instructions on next steps in the application process. Please note that submitting an application is only the first step in our adoption process and does not qualify you as an approved adopter. There are several more steps to the process, including email communications, telephone conversations and more. We do our best to work with you as quickly and as smoothly as possible to determine whether or not a puppy mill survivor is a good match for your home.

Requirements for Adopting

  • We do require most of our adopters to have securely fenced yards. However, some of our dogs may be considered for homes with smaller enclosures (i.e. secure patios) and we do occasionally adopt to apartment-style homes or homes without fenced yards. These applicants are considered on a case by case basis and selection of dogs appropriate for these homes is often limited.
  • Puppies will not be adopted to homes where they will be left alone for many consecutive hours on a regular basis.
  • All NMDR dogs will be primarily inside dogs living as members of their family – no dogs will live strictly outside or in garages.
  • No NMDR dog will be kept on a chain at any time, for any reason.
  • All NMDR dogs will be provided with adequate fresh food and water, clean, dry shelter when outside, and daily exercise.
  • All NMDR dogs will be provided a safe collar with ID tags to be worn at all times.
  • All adoptive families will obey all applicable laws governing control and custody of animals.
  • All adoptive families will provide medical care as prescribed by their veterinarian including but not limited to; yearly exams, vaccinations and unscheduled treatment for any illness/injury.
  • All NMDR dogs will be adopted only as a personal companion and not as a gift, working animal or guard dog.
  • All NMDR dogs will be returned to NMDR should it be necessary to find another home for the dog. No dog will be given away for any reason at any point in their lives.
  • NMDR assumes no responsibility nor shall they be held liable for any damages caused by the adopted animal to property, person or other pets. If any medical problems occur after adoption, NMDR is not liable for medical bills.
  • If you have other pets, they must be spayed or neutered if you adopt from NMDR. As well, your other pets must be up to date on all vaccines.
  • NMDR’s primary goal is to place our dogs in permanent, loving homes. Please consider the many years of care and commitment when adopting a dog.

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Out Of State Adoptions

Please read this information carefully before submitting an application. We do adopt dogs to out-of-state residents and each application is handled individually. National Mill Dog Rescue will not ship dogs and most often, we cannot arrange transport. We do not require that you travel to Colorado as part of the approval process but you must be able to travel here to meet our dogs if you are approved to adopt. Please do not complete an application unless you are able to travel to our facility. If you are able to travel here, we ask you to take the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the adoption application. Within 24 hours of your submission, you will receive an email response with instructions on next steps in the application process. If you haven’t received that email, please check your SPAM folder before contacting us. If you find no response 24 hours after you’ve submitted the application, please leave a message on our message line at 888-495-DOGS (3647) informing us that you have not received a response to your application.
  2. Include:

    • Veterinary Reference
    • 2 personal references
    • Photos of your fenced yard
    • An explanation as to how you would pick up the dog.

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