Pet Adoption Application

Help us create the perfect pet adoption match! Please complete our online pet adoption application. Due to the high volume of applications for animals in the Bay Area, we may not be able to provide immediate feedback about your submission. We recommend that you come to meet the animals at Milo Point Richmond (MPR) during open hours 11am – 5pm, Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday). NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY!

When you come to visit us to adopt an animal, if you are a renter please bring proof that you have permission to have an animal in your residence and information as to whether there are any breed restrictions. If you are a homeowner, please bring proof of home ownership. Thank you.

Pet Adoption Fees

Your adoption fee covers only a portion of the cost to rescue and care for a Milo animal before they are adopted. We provide veterinary care, spay/neuter surgery, microchips, vaccinations, and daily care. We often treat a number of animals with extraordinary medical needs which often run into the thousands of dollars. Please understand that certain animals may have a higher adoption fee due to special circumstances, and that certain animals may have a lower adoption fee due to special circumstances.

Adoption Fees
Dogs $300+
Puppies (up to 10 months) $600+
Dogs over 10 years $250+
Cats $175+
Kittens (up to 5 months) $250+
Cats over 10 years $100+

About Adopting

Only adoptions of ADULT DOGS and ADULT CATS (10+ months of age) come with a “get-to-know-you” open adoption window built into the first 10 days of adoption. You may find that some animals need extra time to establish a good fit with an adopter. This initial 10-day window can be extended only with senior staff approval, but the adopter must make a reasonable effort to train the pet and stay in touch with us before requesting an extension of the “10-day window.” We will do our best to provide guidance in hopes for a successful adoption.

Refunds are possible for returns during the approved, initial 10-day window, less an administration fee of $50. We are grateful for your consideration to donate a portion or all of your refund to Milo. For cases where an adult dog is returned after this initial 10-day window, there will be no refund of the adoption fee, and your fee becomes a tax-deductible donation. In other cases, after a dog or cat has been in the home for months or years, we ask adopters for a donation when returning an animal to assist with its continued care. We encourage adopters to let Milo know if they intend to re-home their pet, but Milo can NOT always take back adopted animals once they have been in a home for over 3 months, or if they have exhibited serious aggression towards others of their species or humans.

The Milo Foundation rescues thousands of adoptable animals (about six each 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 finding a good home. Some of our animals are also surrendered by people who are no longer able to care for or keep their pets. Milo does have a planned giving (bequest) program to care for pets when their caregivers no longer are able.


Milo Sanctuary animals include animals with special medical and behavioral needs, animals who have been in our program for longer periods of time, as well as new animals rescued directly to the Sanctuary rather than the Milo Point Richmond Adoption Center, due to space needs or the location from which they are rescued. Thus adoption fees may vary at the Sanctuary, with typical Milo adoption fees for the newer animals, and potentially reduced fees for special needs and longer-term animals, on a case by case basis. The general range for dogs is $300-$600 for dogs, and $100-$200 for cats.

If you are interested in a specific animal at the Sanctuary, please submit an adoption application and Sanctuary staff will be in touch asap to discuss and potentially arrange a meeting. Please note that the Sanctuary staff is a small and hardworking group very busy caring for the many animals, and it may take a matter of days before you receive a response. We appreciate your understanding.

Milo Puppy for Adoption

Dogs and Puppies

The adoption fee for an ADULT is $300 and up
DOGS: All dogs at The Milo Foundation receive necessary veterinary care, are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, now including Flu vaccines, micro-chipped, and treated for parasites. Dogs over six months of age are heartworm tested. Some small male dogs can have lower fees.

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 $600 and up.
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 $20. Vaccinations are 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 un-vaccinated dogs, until at least three vaccinations have been given to the puppy. However, we do encourage early training and ongoing, early socialization of the pups. Visits with healthy dogs and 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.

pet adoption application

Adopters must be 21 years of age or older, and renters must be able to provide written proof of landlord permission to keep the pet applied for in the residence. Certain breed types, sizes and puppies can be restricted by some landlords. For everyone’s protection, please provide approval in writing.

Cats and Kittens

Do to a major increase in veterinary costs for feline spay/neuter, we have been forced to raise our fees.
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): $175 and up Sometimes we’ll give a break on a pair. (We like it when bonded pairs can stay together! 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 contact us for more information.

KITTENS: $250 with a discount of $25-50 for a pair 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. Talk to us – we want good homes for all kitties.

SENIORS: (10+YEARS OLD): $100 Senior cats are those who have “been around the block” (are older or have been with us a long time).

cat adoption

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.

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