How to Adopt

We can’t wait to find you your new best friend!

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Choose a dog!

Check out our adorable, adoptable mutts. We update this page as dogs become available (sometimes daily) so check back often! Don't know who you are interested in yet? No problem! Fill out a questionnaire and we'll help you pick.

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Fill out the questionnaire.

Complete the adoption questionnaire, the hospice questionnaire if you’ve fallen in love with a hospice mutt, or a seniors for seniors questionnaire if you’re 62 or older. (We’ve got a special deal for you!)


After we get your questionnaire, we will reach out. If you know who you're interested in, we'll arrange a meeting in a video chat or in person. If you're still browsing, come to an adoption event and meet a lot of dogs at once!

Virtual Meeting

Finalize the adoption.

You'll meet your mutt virtually or in person (or both). If you decide to adopt, you will chat with one of our adoption team members to go over final questions and logistics. You will complete the agreement and then pay a one‑time $250 adoption fee or sign up for our monthly sustaining Mutt Guardian program. There is no fee for Seniors for Seniors and Hospice adoptions, but we love donations to help pay it forward for the next mutt!

Pick up your pup!

You and the foster will arrange a handoff of your new furry companion. (If you met your mutt at an event, you will be taking them home directly.) After you're home, fosters and staff are available for help and advice.

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Where do Muttville dogs come from?

Shelters from all over California reach out to Muttville to find homes for their older dogs. Some are strays; some are dumped; some come from loving homes where someone has died or can no longer care for them.

How much do you know about each dog?

We share whatever information we have learned about our dogs. However, we cannot make guarantees about dogs’ health or temperament.

Do I need to have a backyard to adopt?

No. While a backyard is nice to have, it’s no substitute for daily exercise. Walking your dog and/or taking it to a dog park are essential to keeping your dog healthy and happy.

Do I need to live in the San Francisco Bay Area?

No. Muttville adopts to loving homes all over. We can even do most of the adoption process virtually!

What if I have questions about caring for my dog?

Contact us at, and we’ll be happy to help. Every Muttville dog is dear to our hearts, and our commitment to their well-being never ends.

What if something happens and I can no longer care for my adopted dog?

Muttville remains committed to the dogs for the remainder of their lives and will accept dogs back should it not work out. We ask you to give yourself and your dog at least a week together to settle in before deciding to return the dog.