Adopting a pet is an excellent way to give a very deserving animal a second chance.

Here is a list of quick facts about dog adoption:

  • Contrary to popular belief, shelter dogs usually don’t end up in shelters because they have a problem, the most common reason that dogs are surrendered is because people are moving and don’t want to bother with taking the dog.
  • Adult dogs have a much lower chance of being adopted than puppies.
  • Adult, black dogs are usually the last dogs to get adopted.

Adoption Requirements

We take great care in placing our beloved rescue dogs into good and loving homes. We want only the best for our dogs and for their adoptive families. To adopt a pet from NMAR, you must:

  • Be at least 24 (sometimes negotiable) years old.
  • Have a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state ID
  • Be willing and able to spend the time and money to maintain this pet for its natural lifetime.
  • If you are not a homeowner, you must provide written landlord approval.
  • The dog you are adopting is a companion animal, it is not to live on a chain, or be ignored while kenneled. Please do not apply if you are an outdoor only home. We do not adopt to outdoor situations as we are confident that we can find indoor homes for all of our animals.
  • If you move, you must plan to take the pet with you.
  • You must never allow your pet to ride in the back of a pick-up truck un-secured.


Think you’re ready to add a new member to the family? Please fill out an Adoption Application! Have more questions? Please check out our Adoption FAQ page for more information!

Dog Adoption Benefits and Fee

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Parvo/Distemper series of shots
  • Rabies if dog is old enough
  • Bordatello
  • Heartworm preventative while at NAMR
  • Worming
  • Microchipping
Adoption fees may vary based on the individual animal. Fees can be located within the Available Pets bio.