TMAR Adoption Process



Please read through the adoption process carefully before submitting an application. 

Step 1 - Submit an adoption application

**Due to Covid19 and social distancing we can only offer outdoor meet and greets, if the foster and adopter are comfortable.
We are only doing local adoptions to Minnesota & North Dakota at this time.

To become an approved adopter, please fill out the application and submit the $25 application fee.  Once you application is submitted, you will be directed to submit payment.   This fee is non-refundable and will not go toward the adoption fee.  The adoption fee is $250 plus tax.

Your application will not be considered without payment of the application deposit.

Our rescue is volunteer-based and we work as fast as we can to process applications. Once your application and payment have been received, you can expect a TMAR volunteer to contact you within 7-10 days.  Once an adoption advocate has contacted you, you will have 2 weeks to get all necessary information submitted.  If you do not provided all information within 2 weeks your application will be deleted


A home visit or virtual home visit is required for all dog adoptions.

If you rent, please have a copy of your pet policy in hand BEFORE you apply.  If you have an ESA letter or service animals letter, make sure your management company honors it BEFORE you apply.

TMAR reserves the right to not adopt an animal to areas where we have less than 6 foster families or volunteers.


If you live outside the area and get approved for adoption, it will be your responsibility to make suitable arrangements for transportation of the animal to your home within a timely manner.  We can not hold an animal for more than 1 week in foster care once adopted.

Most of our animals come with their first set of shots.  They are not, unless specified, spayed or neutered.  We

require any animals adopted through us to be spayed or neutered between 7-12 months of age.  We also require all current animals in the household to be spay/neutered, unless there is a medical reason they can not be.

We only accept on-line applications.  Please do not print and mail the application. 

If you are approved to adopt a TMAR animal but did not get the animal you initially requested, we will keep your application on file for 1 year.  Should an animal come up for adoption in the future, you do not need to re-apply, just send us an email to stating that you are an approved adopter and would like to be considered for a specific animal.  

We highly encourage you to apply NOW so you can be pre-approved for future TMAR animals!

Step 2 - Meet and Greet

Once approved, our adoption team will help coordinate a Meet and Greet and answer any questions you may have.

Because we rescue 70-100 animals each month out of a 4 kennel garage, we rely heavily on our fosters. Most of the animals are adopted out of foster homes.  Currently most of our fosters are in the Fargo and Grand Forks area.  If you see an animal on our website you would like to adopt, chances are high that it will be in a foster home in Fargo or Grand Forks.  It is the responsibility of the adopter to provide transportation to come and meet the animal of interest.  We do not provide transportation for adoptions.

Step 3 - Once you have decided on your perfect companion, an adoption team advocate will send you an adoption fee invoice via email.   

Dog Adoption Donation: $250 + tax  regardless of age, sex, breed, or size



Cat Adoption:

Male Cats: We ask for a $35 donation along with your $25 application payment. Male cats come fully vetted and neutered. Total adoption cost= $60

Female Cats: We ask for a $60 donation along with your $25 application payment. Female cat comes fully vetted and spayed. Total adoption cost= $85


Adoption donations go directly into the rescue and are used for vetting and continuing our efforts to save more lives. If you adopt a cat that is not spayed or neutered due to age, medical reasons, etc., we ask that you still pay the amounts listed above and TMAR can coordinate with you to have your cat spayed/neutered using our partner vet in Fargo, ND. The spay/neuter will be done at no extra cost to the adopter if the amounts above are paid ($60 for male cats, $85 for female cats). The adopter will be responsible for getting your cat to and from the vet appointment. By signing the adoption contract you are agreeing to have your animal spayed or neutered, if you would like to do this with your own vet of choice and not in coordination with TMAR we ask that you pay the $25 application payment and an extra $5 donation. The extra cost incurred by using your own vet of choice to spay or neuter your cat will be the responsibility of the adopter and will not be reimbursed by TMAR. 

We're so excited for you to embark on your journey to adopt a TMAR animal.  

We think they are the best and we know you will too! 

Additional Adoption Questions?

Contact Us Directly

© 2019 by Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue

Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue
PO BOX 896
Rolla, ND 58367

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