adopt a dog?
View Dog Profiles
Have a look at the dogs we currently have ready for adoption. All dogs available for rehoming can be found here.
Register To Adopt
Fill in our adoption application form, which you will find here. This gives us information about you which will help us understand the kind of dog that will suit you.
Wait For Contact
Once your adoption questionnaire has been submitted, a member of the rehoming team will be in touch to talk through your application and discuss the type of dog you are looking for, your lifestyle and your experience with dogs. Please note that due to the large volume of applications we receive, it can sometimes take our volunteers up to 10 days to get in touch.
Chat & Match
After we’ve had a chat and hopefully matched you with a potential dog, an appointment can then be made for you to meet the dog. Most of our dogs stay in our Shelter in Camus, Connemara but some may be in foster homes around Galway and some are being rehomed from their existing home so an appointment is necessary.
Meet & Greet
At the meeting, you will get to spend some time with the dog and see how you get along. If it’s a match then we can start the adoption process. We might need to visit your home and this is decided on a case-by-case basis, for example we may want to check that your garden is suitable to exercise an energetic dog. If you live in rented accommodation, you may be asked to provide written permission from your landlord or housing authority, confirming that they are happy for you to keep a pet in the property. If you have another dog or pets, we can arrange for you to take the dog on a trial-adoption basis first, just to be sure they get on.
To finalise the adoption, you will need to sign an adoption contract and provide us with photographic proof of your ID (e.g. drivers licence) and proof of your address (utility bill or similar). Legally, we need both of these to allow us to register the dog’s microchip to you.
Your details will be registered with Animark and your dog’s microchipping certificate will be emailed to you after the adoption is finalised.
Prior to adoption, all MADRA dogs are vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms and microchipped.
Our recommended adoption donation is €190 for adult dogs and €230 for puppies (up to six months old). This helps us cover some of the costs of rescuing and caring for each dog which also include kennelling, food and vet bills. We are a non-profit organisation and are always in real need of extra funds so you are also welcome to make a larger donation, if you wish and are able to.
A MADRA Dog is a MADRA Dog for life. We are on hand for help and support for the whole of their lives.