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Adopting with Motley Zoo

Did you know we offer our adoption application in Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Greek?  Please e-mail and we will send you an application in your preferred language! 

Motley Zoo is a foster -based rescue - which is different than an animal shelter.


Knowing some of the differences in how we can serve you vs that of a shelter. Neither is better than the other- we simply desire to help you set realistic expectations for the process. 


Just like bookstores and libraries, both have books, but operate differently- and so do foster-based rescues and shelters.


We cannot do what shelters can, neither can shelters do what we can; but together, we operate in a complimentary way to offer the greatest number of options for both pets and people.

Motley Zoo's adoption service is:

  • Personalized

  • Focused on matching compatibility 

  • Establishes a relationship that lasts beyond the adoption meeting


As a result, we are very successful at making long-term matches with few returns!

For more about our adoption application process, please go here.  

To see examples of the application, please go here.

Why adopt from Motley Zoo?  Our adopters love us as much as we love them! 


  • 100% of adopters surveyed say they agree or strongly agree that they received excellent customer service during the adoption process.

  • 95% of those surveyed agree or strongly agree that Motley Zoo is concerned about the long-term success of matching an animal with a family.

  • 100% of those surveyed say they would adopt again or recommend Motley Zoo to others!

Have questions about what to expect as you adopt a pet?  Try the Pet Adoption Gateway, a free, trusted guide to help you along your pet adoption journey!


With a support library, trusted resources, and exclusive discounts, you'll have access to vetted content and products to help you and your new best friend. As an added bonus, you'll be helping your adopted pet's rescue, in this case, Motley Zoo!!

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"Sometimes what you initially want isn't what's best for everyone involved... Their transparency and consideration for adoption helps make sure you don't walk out with more than you can handle. There was a lot of communication and everyone we spoke with was very friendly.  Every bit of effort we put into the application process and her treatment [as foster-to-adopt] has been so, SO worth it."

- C.Z., Adopter (foster-to-adopt program)

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