The Milo Foundation rescues hundreds of highly adoptable animals that would otherwise be euthanised at Animal Control shelters. Many of our homeless pets come from the Mendocino County Animal Shelter in Ukiah and other high-kill Northern California Animal Shelters. Animals also come from shelters like Berkeley Animal Services, commended for their efforts on behalf of the animals in their shelters... as well as from some people who are no longer able to 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 and we will keep it on file.
Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot provide individual feedback about your submission by email.
To meet the animals, please attend one of the mobile adoption events where they will be featured or a Milo representative will contact approved applicants to arrange an introduction with the foster home. Also bring the completed hard-copy of your application with you when you come to meet the animals.
If an animal you saw featured on the web site is not at the mobile event, rest assured that we will have other great dogs and cats waiting to meet you and ready for good homes!
Please note: submission of an application for a particular pet does not guarantee adoption of that animal to you.
Dogs and Puppies
DOGS: All dogs at The Milo Foundation receive any necessary veterinary care, are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and treated for parasites. Dogs over six months of age are Heartworm tested.
The adoption fee for ADULT DOGS is $300 (baseline)-$500. We reserve the right to have increased fees for “special” highly desired, and 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! Senior, and some harder to place dogs, may have lower adoption fees considered.
Chihuahuas may have special incentives/lower adoption fees. There are so many of these sweet little ones dying in shelters! AND "Two-for" deals are happily considered for Chihuahuas and some small dogs. The little ones LOVE a buddy!
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. Often we have additional costs with sick or injured animals . If you are able to, please consider an additional tax-deductible donation. We support a population of more than 250 animals at our sanctuary, so any extra funds help support these animals.
PUPPIES: All puppies at The Milo Foundation receive puppy vaccinations and deworming. They are also microchipped 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.
The adoption fee for a puppy is $350-$600. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON PUPPY ADOPTIONS. Certain unforeseen circumstances may warrant a partial refund (50%). If you return a puppy for whatever reason, your adoption fee becomes a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation. PLEASE think hard about the commitment of raising a puppy! They are fragile and demanding. They need consistency, training, time, and patience. They want TLC, and need a firm commitment!
Please fill out the canine adoption application, and email it in. Also make a print out to bring with you when you come to meet the dog or puppy of interest. INCLUDE THE NAME AND ID NUMBER OF THE PET OF INTEREST, or a group name if a litter. Follow up with an email and be patient! Thanks.
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 known, healthy dogs, trips to friends' homes and such. 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 dirt they can get into - so use good judgement.
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.
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, that may need extensive medical treatment, or need more time to find a loving home. We support a population of over 250 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. As a No-Kill organization with two locations we need your support. Any amounts over the baseline adoption fee can be treated as tax-deductible additional donations. We appreciate you caring enough to support the Milo Foundation's animals, and your willingness to give a deserving pet a loving home.
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.)
We have a sliding scale fee for felines - the adoption fees do not cover our most basic costs. If you are able, please consider an additional donation! Any fees above the baseline are tax-deductible, and very much appreciated! (Anything over $100 can be tax-deductible.)KITTENS: $125-150 sliding scale adoption fee. 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, we have special new arrivals listed as KITTEN OF THE WEEK and they are $160-200 for the week and it's noted on their site pages...and as well we may consider a discount for two at times.
CATS (over 10 months): $100-150 sliding scale fee, and 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 been with us a long time) can be $50-75. These fees do not come close to covering Milo's costs, but we really want to get our kitties into homes!ALL KITTENS MUST STAY INDOORS, until at least 10 months age, though can be let out for brief periods under supervision to play and stretch their limbs, chase leaves. 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. ALL CATS SHOULD BE INSIDE AT NIGHT. Our cats are not ferals 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 well become predominantly outdoor and/or "barn cats." Please inquire with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, if that is your preference for a cat in your circumstances.
Please fill out the Feline Adoption Application, and email it in, to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also make a print out to bring 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.