What to expect at your prescheduled meeting
STEP 1: CHECK IN
When you arrive at the adoption event, please find our check in table. You will let an MPR representative know that you’re pre-approved and have a meeting scheduled. Please bring a state-issued photo ID and be prepared to show your approval email.
step 2: MEET YOUR COUNSELOR
Once you are checked in, you will be introduced to an Adoption Counselor who will help facilitate your meeting.
step 3: MEET YOUR PUP
Your Adoption Counselor will facilitate your meeting, answer any of your questions and prepare you for a walk with an appropriate pup. Please note that the dogs in our care have made multiple transitions since their arrival to NYC, and it often takes 2-4 weeks for a dog to acclimate to a new home.
step 4: FINALIZe
If you are ready to adopt, you will meet a Finalizer who will review all adoption paperwork including medical records, forms for our partners, and resources. They will complete your adoption fee payment and take a family photo before you head out.
What to buy for your new dog
We frequently hold our events near pet stores like Petsmart or Petco to make it easy for you to purchase any necessary supplies. However, if you want to prepare ahead of time, you can use this shopping list as a guide.
We’ve also included some in-depth information below to answer some FAQs:
All of our foster dogs are crated when left alone. To make the transition from one home to another as seamless as possible, we recommend purchasing a crate for your new pup. The crate will provide a safe space for your dog, and it will also prevent your dog from destroying your belongings and eating potentially harmful items. The crate is extremely helpful for house training as well! Just be sure that your crate is large enough so that you dog can stand up, turn around and extend their legs. However, be sure it is not too big. Otherwise you may notice your dog having accidents in the crate. Once your dog has settled into their new home, you may choose to continue crating, keeping the crate door open or removing the crate altogether.
If you are adopting a puppy who is not fully vaccinated and cannot yet walk outdoors, be sure to stock up on pee pads for training!
We are always happy to share the type of food that your pup was eating in foster care so that you can keep their diet consistent as they transition into a new home. Just remember that if you change foods, your pup may get an upset stomach so it is important to slowly transition them. Once you’ve adopted, we recommend consulting your vet for their recommendation on what to feed your pup as there are a variety of options and they can offer their best professional opinion.
LEASH, HARNESSES & COLLARS
All MPR dogs wear martingale collars in foster care because they are effective for training and safe. You can purchase the collar that your pup is wearing for just $8 or both the collar and leash for $15. If you decide to purchase a harness like and EZ-Walk, be sure to back it up with a carabiner to ensure that your dog is unable to get loose. We also highly encourage our adopters to purchase standard nylon leashes instead of retractable leashes as they can be dangerous, especially in NYC.
Important things to consider
PREPARE YOUR HOME
Be sure to dog-proof your home regardless of how old the dog may be. Be sure to pick up any loose items, remove anything that may be in reach on countertops and put away any valuables.
We always recommend that adopters visit a veterinarian within 1-2 weeks of adoption. This will help you establish a relationship with your vet and it will provide a baseline for your dog’s health.
RESEARCH DOG TRAINERS
Regardless of your dog’s temperament or age, set up an appointment with a trainer. Trainers can help you set a foundation for your dog, and training sessions are a great way to help you bond with your new dog. It is crucial for puppies in particular to start off on the right foot with proper socialization and training to prepare them for adulthood. It is much easier to work on a behavior from the start than to address it months or years in the future.