adoption guide

The ultimate adoption guide for stray dogs

Adoption guide

Its the start of a beautiful story. You saw a cat or a dog on the street, have heard about Morocco Animal Aid  & decided to visit the shelter & you fell in love. Amazing! Adopting a dog from Morocco & from us is a special experience.

 

You are proactively choosing to better the life of an animal that previously lived on the streets. We are over the moon that you have decided to take a chance on one of our rescues or one of the street animals of Morocco. Your new furry friend has been waiting for you and we cannot wait for you to start your journey together.

 

Please see below what is required to safely & legally adopt one of our rescues.

Step by step adoption guide

Step 1 fell in love morocco animal aid

01. Fall in love

Step 2 assessment morocco animal aid

02. Assesment

03. Medical

Step 4 waiting period morocco animal aid

04. Quarantine

05. Travel

06. Furever Home

01. Fall in Love

“Love. We all know that feeling. Sometimes it hits you like a freight train, other times it slowly creeps up on you when you least expect it. But when you feel it, it’s hard to ignore or forget.

 

The bond between animals & their human is forever. You’ve found each other & want to spend the rest of your days together. 

02. Assessment

Congratulations! You have found your furever friend & your friend has found their human. We wish you a long & happy life together!

 

However, choosing to have an animal is a lifelong commitment that needs to be taken seriously.

Have you considered how the animal will fit into your current lifestyle and work? How it will fit in your social and financial commitments as well as your family?

 

=> Here are some questions to help you determine whether this is the right thing for you–and the animal–at this moment.

 

Besides this self-assessment, all potential adoptees are also required to go through an evaluation to help make sure that your are adequately prepared for a long and happy life together.

 

-> Click here to download pre-qualification questionnaire

03. Medical

You have passed the test, considered the ways in which your furry friend will fit into your lifestyle & you’re ready to take the next step.

All animals leaving Morocco need to fulfil export requirements to leave and import requirements to enter their new home country. These requirements depend on the country and the age of the animal.

Most if not all requirements are made up of a series of vaccinations, a microchip and blood serology.

click here for the medical requirements for you to be able to bring your pet home safely & Legally.

Please note that since the US and Canada imposed a ban on animals coming from high-risk rabies countries like Morocco it is a lot harder to adopt animals to those countries but not impossible.

If you’d like to adopt to the US, please check this website. Any potential adoptants to Canada, can read more info here.

Medical Part A

first vaccinations

 

This is the first step in getting your animal ready for a forever after.

If the animal is an adult, we can vaccinate them against viral diseases as well as rabies ASAP.

 

If it’s not an adult yet, we will vaccinate them against viral diseases first and they will receive their rabies vaccination at 3 months old. The exact vaccinations your animal receives will be listed in their travel book.

Medical Part B

booster vaccinations

A month after their first rabies vaccination, your furry friend will receive a booster vaccination and will be one step closer to being able to leave Morocco.

Medical Part C

rabies antibodies test & microchip

A month after their booster rabies vaccination, your best friend will be tested for rabies antibodies (0.05 is sufficient enough to pass) and be microchipped.

 

Now the hard part begins: the wait. 90 days after this date, your animal can legally enter Europe/US.

 

You can now start looking at flights to come pick it up or for flight volunteers who could help you bring your animal home.

04. Quarantine

Depending on the country your pet will be residing in, there may be a requirement for them to be quarantined in the host country (Morocco) prior to travel. 

 

Don’t worry, we won’t be sending your friend anywhere far! 

 

05. Travel

Congratulations! You’re one step closer to bringing your furry friend home to their happily ever after. Now to organise their travels. 

 

We prefer you come to collect your pet yourself so you are able to connect and have some time together prior to taking them on the flight. Adoptees are fully financially responsible for their flights, insurance and any other costs regarding the transport. 

 

Alternatively, your animal could travel with a flight volunteer. Flight volunteers are people flying in and out of Morocco to other countries and are willing to add your pet onto their flight meaning that the only cost to bear would be adding the pet as opposed to paying for the entire flight. 

 

We are happy to help with this process, however we do require your commitment to help us secure a flight volunteer. Whether that be by sharing the post online, contacting friends or family that you know may be travelling. There is also no guarantee that there will be someone available to escort your pet home or it might take months before we find someone as there are other animals waiting to leave the shelter.

 

What your animal will need to travel: 

Vaccination Booklet: Will be supplied by the vet after the 1st vaccination appointment. Includes details of the vaccination, the date & can be used to record other vet visits.

Blood Test Results: Measures the levels of Rabies antibodies in the blood. 0.05 is sufficient enough to pass. (Note: this is a requirement for Europe and the UK. Not all countries require a blood test.)

Health Certificate & State Vet Certificate: Verifying that all supplied paperwork is true & correct.

Please check this page for the list of complete requirements for the country you’re travelling to. 

On top of this, each individual airline has its own set of requirements when travelling with a pet. 

There are several airlines that transport pets from Morocco. The closest airport to the sanctuary is Agadir airport. However not all destinations are available to travel to from Agadir.

Please see below a list of airlines travelling from Morocco that accept pets onboard:

  • Royal Air Maroc: Agadir, Casablanca or Marrakech 
  • Lufthansa: Agadir, Casablanca or Marrakech 
  • Transavia: Agadir, Casablanca, Essaouria or Marrakech
  • Condor: Agadir & Casablanca 

For the most up to date information it is best to contact the airline directly prior to booking your pet onto the flight. 

The airline may require you to provide certain information for them to be able to book your pet onto the flight such as age, breed, weight of your pet, size of the travel box. Be sure to have this information handy when speaking to the airline.

We are happy to help with this process, however we do require your commitment to help us secure a flight volunteer. Whether that be by sharing the post online, contacting friends or family that you know may be travelling. There is also no guarantee that there will be someone available to escort your pet home. 

 

Before Travel Day

A travel box will be required to transport your pet. The price will depend on the size of your pet. If you wish, we can purchase a travel box for you and you can then reimburse us.

Pets can travel on airlines in one of 3 ways depending on the size and weight of the pet and their travel box combined:

• In cabin:

Accompanied by an adult passenger, can be stowed in an approved container, under the seat. This is only available for animals under a certain weight. Please check the airline you’re flying with on whether your animal can fly in-cabin.

 

• Checked baggage: Accompanied by an adult passenger and can be stowed in an approved container and placed in the hold and checked baggage.

 

• Cargo: Unaccompanied by an adult passenger or, for particularly large animals, can be stowed in an approved container and placed in the hold as cargo.

On Travel Day

 

The day has finally arrived: your pet is ready to come home with you!

 

It is recommended that you arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled flight to allow yourself time to check in yourself, your pet and complete the appropriate paperwork.

 

Once your pet has been checked in, you board your flight and wait to meet your pet the other side, ready to start your new life together!

On Travel Day

 

The day has finally arrived! Your pet is ready to come home with you.  It is recommended that you arrive at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight to allow yourself time to check in yourself, your pet & complete the appropriate paperwork. Once your pet has been checked in, you board your flight & wait to meet your pet the other side, ready to start your new life together!

06. Furever Home

Welcome home! You & your pet have made it. We did it. You did it. We can’t wait to see how you live out the rest of your lives together.


Our love for our rescues doesn’t stop when they leave the shelter. We want to see pictures, videos & everything in between you, your family & your new addition as you all adjust to your new life together.

 

Thank you for taking the chance on one of our rescues. You have waited a long time for your pet. They have waited even longer for you. Go enjoy your time together. You only have furever.

The ultimate adoption guide for stray dogs

Adoptions FAQS

How long is the process from start to finish?
Dependent on the country you reside in, the periods can range from 30 days to 120 days.

 

What are the costs involved with adopting an animal?
Flat rate adoption fee of X Euro for UK/EUR & X EUR for US/Canada (This is due to the US/Canada not needing the Tlter Blood test. Please note the adoption fee does not include: Flights.

 

What does the adoption fee include?
Covers food, meds, blood test (If applicable) Microchip, vaccinations, travel box & any other vet items.

 

Why are adoptions to the USA/Canada cheaper:
The USA does not require a blood test.

 

Why are adoptions to the USA/Canada quicker?
The USA does not require a blood test & the quarantine period is less.

 

How will my animal be transported to me?

Mode of transportation is entirely at the discretion of the adopter.

Where will my animal be living prior to coming to me?
The animal will reside in the MAA shelter until approximately 2/3 weeks prior to the adoption date. The animal will then be moved to the staff volunteer house so they can adjust to their new life outside the shelter.

 

I don’t want to have to fly back to Morocco to pick up my animal. What are my options?
Our flight volunteer programme, connects people flying in & out of Morocco to other countries, that are willing to add your pet onto their flight. Meaning that the only cost to bear, will be adding the pet, as opposed to paying for the entire flight.

 

We are happy to help with this process, however we do require your commitment to help us secure a flight volunteer. Whether that be by sharing the post online, contacting friends or family that you know may be travelling. There is also no guarantee that there will be someone available to escort your pet home & you will need to come & escort your pet home.