Adoption Requirements/Application


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Complete the form and click submit to send your application.  After submitting your application, please be sure to check any spam folders or filters for email responses from MHCSR. Please allow at least 3 days for us to process your application.  If we feel that your application will meet our guidelines we will be back in touch with you by phone for an interview.

To help ensure the best possible placement of our rescued dogs and to help us determine that the proposed adoption is in the best interest of the dog and you and your family, please complete and submit this application before inquiring about a specific dog.  If you are not ready to adopt at this time please note on the application when you will be ready.  Applications we receive that do not specify any of our available dogs will be held until the applicant notifies us that there is an available dog they would like to adopt.

We keep applications active for 90 days.  If a match has not been found during that time, please contact us to keep your application active.  If you acquire a dog from another source, please notify us so we can deactivate your application.

We do NOT place animals in homes where current or past pets are not properly vaccinated and are not on heartworm preventative, spayed or neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so.  We only place dogs in homes where they will be indoor pets and never left outdoors when no one is home.

For all puppies and almost all of our dogs, a fenced yard that is appropriate for the dog that you want to adopt is required.  It may be possible for a well-socialized, leash-trained adult or senior collie or sheltie to do fine in a condo/townhouse/apartment environment, where all outside activities take place on a leash.  We would determine this on a case-by-case basis.  We DO NOT approve invisible/electric fences, dog runs, or tie out chains. 

Adoption fees are charged to cover the costs of rescuing and rehabilitating our dogs.  The single major cost of these dogs is our veterinary expenses to cover spaying and/or neutering and basic health care.  This donation is tax deductible as allowed by law and helps to offset the costs that we have incurred for the dog’s care and housing during his or her stay with our rescue.  The adoption donation does not entirely cover the investments that we have made in these dogs, so if you were in a position to give more, we would be honored to receive your additional donation.  All adoption donations go directly toward the needs of our dogs.

Adoption Fees:

· $325.00 donation for a puppy under 12 months ***

· $250.00 donation for an adult age 1-8

· $150.00 donation for an adult age 9+

*** MHCSR will require spay/neuter surgery to be performed when puppy reaches six to seven months of age or before. You may choose to take the Collie or Sheltie to a MHCSR approved veterinarian, where fees will be paid by MHCSR. If you would prefer to take the Collie or Sheltie to your own veterinarian, MHCSR will reimburse you, upon proof of payment for an amount equal to rescue rate at a MHCSR veterinarian. 

This adoption fees includes the following:
–Comprehensive veterinary physical exam
–Spay or neuter
–Rabies shot
–DA2PP (Distemper/Parvo combo shot)
–Bordetella shot (Kennel Cough)
–Heartworm Test
–Dental cleaning if needed
–Any other medical needs that must be addressed
–Temperament evaluation
–A medical history record comes with each dog.


When your application has been received it will be reviewed by one of our volunteers.  If we think you will be a good potential match for one of our rescue dogs we will contact your vet for a reference.  If your vet reference meets with our approval we will then contact you by phone to talk to you further to learn more about your preferences, experience with the collie or sheltie breed and the activity level in your home to help make good recommendations for you.  MHCSR requires a home visit prior to a dog going to its forever home.  We realize that some other rescue groups do not have this requirement, but we want to ensure that our dogs get off to a great start.  During the home visit, our volunteer will point out any potential hazards, toxins, escape routes, fencing issues and indicate whether any corrections need to be made prior to taking a dog home.  All family members living in the household must be present for this.

The next step is for the entire family who will be living in the home and their current pets to meet the rescue dog.  If everything looks to be a positive match, the prospective adopter fills out and signs the adoption contract.  The adoption contract is a contractual agreement to provide a safe, loving, and healthy environment.  Adoption fees must be paid at the time of adoption.  We do not accept partial payment for adoption.  Adoption fees are refundable within 2 weeks of adoption if the dog is not a good match and is returned to us in the same condition they were in when placed in your home (i.e. no new illnesses or injuries).  Regardless of the length of time in an adoptive home if you cannot keep a dog adopted from us it must be returned to MHCSR.

Remember, our first priority is the dog and we must do what is best for him/her.  Please respect our decision if we feel a dog you have picked out will not work for you; we want to make the right match the first time


Our dogs can come from a variety of situations.  We acquire dogs from animal shelters, owner relinquishment, strays, dogs who are abandoned because of their owners’ death, dogs used for breeding at puppy mills, etc.  We treat any medical condition the dog has.  Then we spay/neuter every dog (no exceptions), bring them current on distemper, parvo, bordatella and rabies vaccines, heartworm test them and begin them on heartworm protection.  The dog is bathed, groomed, and put into a foster home for evaluation.  Dogs stay in their foster home until the temperament is known and a good match can be made.  We do not place aggressive dogs or known biters.  Some dogs may have issues from their prior life that must be worked through.  We advise on any known issues prior to adoption and are available to provide follow up support for the rest of the dog’s life.  Rescue dogs have plenty of love, affection, and gratitude to give, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you saved a dog.

We are not an animal shelter.  Dogs live in our homes as fosters.  It is not possible to go to a central facility to view all our dogs.  We do accept out–of-state applications but you will be required to come to Colorado to meet the dog providing you meet all of our requirements and your home visit has been approved.