Melbourne Animal Rescue inc.

Melbourne Animal Rescue Incorporated (MAR) is a community foster care network that was founded in July 2010. We became a registered charity in March of 2015 and are 100% volunteer run.

MAR is made up of a network of volunteer foster carers who look after animals in their own homes until a suitable new owner is found. We have no central location (i.e. a shelter or head office), and we firmly believe in the foster care model. We rely on public donations and fundraising to enable us to keep rescuing animals.

We take in cats and dogs that are surrendered by their owners, abandoned, and those on death row at Victorian Pounds and rescued from puppy/kitten factories.

MAR is a “no-kill” organisation. This means that we go to great lengths to rehabilitate animals when they need it, instead of euthanising to save money or time. Animals that come to us can require extensive medical treatment, specialised diets, surgical procedures etc and in the case of past neglect or abuse, emotional rehabilitation, which includes re-socialisation, behavioural modification and obedience training.

We ensure that our animals are placed in a temporary foster home that will allow them to thrive (i.e. matching them with the lifestyle of the people, and personalities of existing pets in the foster home), and we carry that diligence through to the adoption process. All of our available pets have a full personality profile so you can find a pet that will suit your family perfectly.

We truly believe that animals are family, and we are always willing to help you find your next best friend

ADOPTION POLICY

Please note: completing an adoption form does not guarantee that an adoption will take place.

Melbourne Animal Rescue Inc. reserves the right to choose the most suitable applicant

Occasionally, there can be multiple applications for the one animal and there is NO 'First In - Best Dressed' - the multiple applications are vetted for the most suitable.

We do our utmost to contact all applicants, including those who are unsuccessful, to inform them of the result but as we are staffed by volunteers, most of whom work full time, occasionally responses are overlooked and we apologise in advance if this occurs.

MAR does not adopt to those who are not permanent residents of Australia.

DOG ADOPTION PROCESS

Application Form completed (http://www.melbourneanimalrescue.org.au/index.php/adoption/dogs/dog-adoption-application), with as much detail as possible including any questions you have and information about existing pets

Melbourne Animal Rescue Inc. reviews and contacts successful applicants within approx 3-5 days

Meet and Greet and yard check with the dog/puppy is arranged at a convenient time for both the MAR representative/foster carer and potential adopter, including introductions to existing animals and all members of the potential home.

If there are no issues, the dog/puppy is potentially able to stay at the home from this time for a 2 week trial period to ensure the match is compatible.

Adoption form is filled in and adoption fee paid (refundable within the 2 week trial period)

Adoption Pack including any relevant certificates and medical documentation is provided after the 2 week trial period.

CAT ADOPTION PROCESS

Application Form completed (http://www.melbourneanimalrescue.org.au/index.php/adoption/cats/cat-adoption-application) including any questions you have;

Melbourne Animal Rescue Inc. reviews and contacts applicants within approx. 3 business days;

Meet and Greet with the cat/kitten in their foster home is arranged at a convenient time for both the foster carer and potential adopter;

Adoption Agreement is signed, Change of Ownership form is completed, and Adoption Fee is paid.

If there are no issues, the cat/kitten is potentially able to leave with the applicant for a 2 week trial period to ensure the match is compatible (a cat carrier is required to ensure cats/kittens get to their new home safely)

Adoption Pack including any relevant certificates and medical documentation is provided after the 2 week trial period.

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