Requirements

To be considered, each prospective adopting family must complete an application, participate in an interview and pass a home and background check. Any children in the home must be over the age of 12 years old. You must be at least 25 years of age.

Experience with working dog breeds is preferred. Adopting families without working dog experience are reviewed on a case by case basis. Specific training requirements include completing a minimum of three training sessions with a professional trainer upon adoption and completing basic obedience within the first six months. Additional training sessions with a professional trainer/behaviorist may be a condition of adoption depending on the dog’s nature and adopting family experience. 

Successful applicants will be matched with a dog that fits their family circumstances. 

An adoption agreement will be provided to the family for signature prior to the dog's journey to you. If at any time during the dog’s life the family is unable to care for the dog, the dog will be immediately returned to the Malinois Rescue League.

An adoption fee of up to $1000 USD (along with the cost of the travel crate for international adoptions) will be collected before adoption day. 

The adopting family will meet their new family member in the relevant arrival port (JFK or LAX) or arrange transport for the final journey home. Or if USA based, arrange transport from the foster to new home.

 

Adoption process

1

Applicant reviews adoption requirements and submits application

2

Applicant interviews with MRL. Background check is completed.

3

Applicant cleared for home check

4

Background checks performed by MRL

5

Home check conducted in person or via live video.

6

MRL matches a dog with applicant that best fits their needs.

7

Family is notified of match. Background on dog is provided.

8

Adoption agreement is executed and adoption fees submitted.

9

MRL coordinates transport & arrival logistics with family.

10

Dog is delivered to family at agreed upon date and airport. (LAX or JFK). OR if in USA, adopter arranges transport to final destination.

11

Dog and family make final journey to homeport dog's location in USA.

12

Dog and family have the best life ever!!!