The Milo Foundation rescues thousands of highly adoptable animals, about five a day, that would otherwise be euthanized at City and County animal control shelters. Most of our rescues come from rural shelters where the animals have little chance at adoption, or other high-kill California shelters. Some of our animals are also surrendered by people who are no longer able to care for or keep their pets.
If you are interested in adopting an animal from Milo, please download and complete the appropriate Adoption Application:
» Dog/Puppy Adoption Application (MS Word)
» Cat/Kitten Adoption Application (MS Word)
Return your application by email To email@example.com and Cc firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep it on file. MPR stands for Milo Point Richmond, our Adoption Center, where most of our adoptable animals arrive and are available.
Due to the high volume of applications for animals in the Bay Area, we cannot provide individual feedback about your submission by email. To meet the animals please come to Milo Point Richmond during open hours 11am - 5pm (Closed Tuesdays). If you are interested in a fostered animal, send in your application and follow up with an email or call to MPR so we can arrange a meeting when the animal is ready for adoption. A Milo representative will contact approved applicants to arrange an introduction at the foster home or MPR. You can also attend one of the mobile adoption events where fostered animals are often featured. Please bring a printout of your completed application when you come to meet the animals.
For animals at the Milo Sanctuary, please send your application or inquires directly To email@example.com and Cc firstname.lastname@example.org. Sanctuary staff will follow up from there with more information and can arrange an appointment for you to meet the animals in Willits.
Special Note: Submission of an application for a particular pet does not guarantee you can adopt that animal. We receive many applications for popular breeds. Please follow up by email and watch the website for updates! We have lots of adoptable rescues and ask for your patience and understanding in finding the right animal for you.
Dogs and Puppies
DOGS: All dogs at The Milo Foundation receive necessary veterinary care, are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and treated for parasites. Dogs over six months of age are Heartworm tested.
The adoption fee for ADULT DOGS is $300 for a male and $350-400 for females. We reserve the right to have increased fees for "special" highly desired or breed-specific dogs, as well as for those that required extraordinary veterinary care. Our Medical Fund benefits from these extra fees (half of which can be considered a tax deductible donation), so we can provide the extra care some animals need! Seniors, some harder to place dogs, and animals at the Milo Sanctuary may have lower adoption fees considered. Talk to us about this.
Chihuahuas and some other small dogs may have special incentives/lower adoption fees. There are so many of these sweet little ones dying in shelters! AND "two-for-one" deals are happily considered for Chihuahuas and some small dogs. The little ones LOVE a buddy!
The adoption fee for a PUPPY is $350-$600. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON PUPPY ADOPTIONS. If you return a puppy for whatever reason, your adoption fee becomes a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation. Certain rare circumstances may warrant a partial refund (50%). PLEASE think hard about the commitment of raising a puppy! They are fragile and demanding. They need consistency, training, time, resources and patience. They want TLC and need a firm commitment!
All puppies at The Milo Foundation receive puppy vaccinations and de-worming. They are also micro-chipped and spay/neutered. Depending on how long Milo has had the puppy and its age, it will likely require additional vaccinations and veterinary care by the adopters. Milo will often cover the next vaccine after adoption, but our suggested donation for vaccinations is $15-20, available during open hours at MPR.
No puppy should be exposed to public dog parks, trails, or areas frequented by dogs, nor should they be exposed to unvaccinated dogs, until at least three vaccinations have been given. However, we do encourage early training and ongoing, early socialization of the pups. Visits with healthy dogs, trips to your family or friends homes are encouraged! We also recommend that you enroll in puppy training classes as soon as possible! Puppies can go on walks on sidewalks in suburban and rural areas. City streets may have too much they can get into, so use good judgment.
Along with your Canine Adoption Application email, please INCLUDE THE NAME AND/OR ID NUMBER OF THE PET OF INTEREST, or the group name of the litter. Please bring a printout of your application with you when you come to meet the dog or puppy of interest. Follow up with an email and be patient! Thanks.
Adopters must be 21 years of age or older, and renters must be able to provide proof of landlord permission to keep the pet applied for in the residence. Certain breed types, sizes and puppies can be restricted. For everyone's protection, it is best to have approval in writing.
Cats and Kittens
FELINES: All cats and kittens are Leukemia tested. Cats over 6 months are also usually FIV or combo tested. All are vaccinated, have been spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and given parasite preventatives. Some young kittens are only FeLV tested, as the FIV test is inconclusive at a young age. If you are able, please consider an additional donation! Anything over $100 can be tax-deductible.
CATS (over 10 months): $125-150 sliding scale fee. Sometimes we'll give a break on a pair. We like it when bonded pairs can stay together! Senior cats, and those who have "been around the block" (are older or have been with us a long time) can be $75. These fees do not come close to covering Milo's costs, but we really want to get our adult cats into homes!
ALL CATS SHOULD BE INSIDE AT NIGHT. Our cats are not feral or outdoor cats. They are people friendly, social felines, who like the company of humans, and the safety and warmth of a cozy home!
A few of our Sanctuary cats could do well as predominantly outdoor or "barn cats." Please inquire with an email to email@example.com, if that is your preference.
KITTENS: $150. Kittens are ideally adopted out in pairs, or to homes with a compatible feline in residence, a buddy dog, or people who are home a lot. Kittens are social, and a kitten left home alone for long hours every day can be very unhappy.... two is better!! We reserve the right to charge more on occasion. Special new arrivals listed as KITTEN OF THE WEEK are $160-200. We may consider a discount for two at times. Talk to us – we want good homes for all kitties.
ALL KITTENS MUST STAY INDOORS, until at least 8-10 months age, though can be let out for brief periods under supervision to play and stretch their limbs, chase leaves. Please do so only under safe circumstances, where they can be observed, and are away from busy streets. Cats should be given the outdoor vaccinations at a vet before becoming indoor/outdoor cats. These vaccines are Leukemia and Rabies.
Along with your Feline Adoption Application email, please INCLUDE THE NAME AND/OR ID NUMBER OF THE PET OF INTEREST, or the group name of the litter. Please bring a printout of your application with you when you come to meet the kitten or cat of interest.
Adopters must be 21 years of age or older, and renters must be able to provide proof of landlord permission to keep the pet applied for in the residence.
The PetFood Express My Mutt Program is a terrific opportunity for adopters and donors. With adoption fees of $400 or more or a donation of $250 or more, your pet can get a professional photo session with a BIG poster displayed at a Petfood Express near you. That poster will be yours to keep later!
Feline adoptions at MPR often come with a 14 pound bag of Nutro food (depending on availability) that they have been eating. This is a $35-40 value.
At Milo we try to help all kinds of pets needing rescue. We recognize that some of our animals are in high demand and can quickly find a loving home. These animals may have a higher adoption fee, because they can leave a financial legacy for the other animals in our care, which may need extensive medical treatment, or need more time to find a loving home.
If you are able to, please consider an additional tax-deductible donation. We support a population of about 200 animals at our sanctuary in Mendocino County. These are pets that need more time and special circumstances in order to be adopted, however, they still deserve a life! Many incoming animals, and those at our Sanctuary, especially senior animals, benefit greatly from these extra donations. We want to always be able to rescue and treat animals in need, and variable fees allow us to do this. These fees help us recover some of our veterinary expenses, so that we have the resources to help other animals get out of shelters where they face euthanasia, and get the medical care they need. We often have additional costs for sick or injured animals .
As a No-Kill organization with two locations we need your support. Any amounts over the baseline adoption fee can be treated as a tax-deductible donation. We appreciate you caring enough to support the Milo Foundation's animals, and your willingness to give a deserving pet a loving home.