adoption guide

The ultimate adoption guide for stray dogs

Adoption guide

Its the start of a beautiful story. You saw 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. 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

The first step for stray animal adoption

01. Fall in 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. Love. 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. 

THE second STEP FOR STRAY ANIMAL ADOPTION

02. Assessment

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

 

Choosing to have an animal is a lifelong commitment that needs to be taken seriously. Considering how an animal will fit into your current lifestyle, work, social & financial commitments & family is incredibly important. 

 

We have created a comprehensive list of factors to take into consideration when adopting one of our animals
-> Adoption considerations here

 

All potential adoptees are required to go through a pre qualification assessment to help determine how your chosen friend will fit into your family, so you can ensure that your are adequately prepared for a long & happy life together

-> Click here to download pre-qualification questionnaire

THE third STEP FOR STRAY ANIMAL ADOPTION

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 in your relationship together. 

 

Depending on which country you are currently residing in & the age of your animal, there are different requirements. 

 

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

Medical Part A

Full vaccination includes vaccination against:

+ Parvo + Canine Distemper

+ Hepatitis + Leptopirosis + Rabies

Medical Part B

Titer Blood Test: Measures the levels of Rabies antibodies in the blood. 

Medical Part C

Final Health Check: A final vet visit to check the overall health of the animal & confirm paperwork prior to flying.

THE fourth STEP FOR STRAY ANIMAL ADOPTION

04. Quarantine

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

See below documentation needed.

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.

 

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

THE FIFTH STEP FOR STRAY ANIMAL ADOPTION

05. Travel

Congratulations! You’re one step closer to bringing your furry friend home to their happily ever after. Now to organise their travels. Please see a list of available airlines & what is required to ensure your pet a safe & easy journey. Depending on the destination country, there are different requirements.

–> Click here for travel requirements

 

Traditionally we prefer you come to collect your pet so you are able to connect & have some time together prior to taking them on the flight. Adoptees are fully financially responsible for their flights, insurance & other associated costs. 

 

We also run a flight volunteer programme. 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. 

 

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 & you can then reimburse us. 

 

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

 

• In cabin: Accompanied by an adult passenger & can be stowed in an approved container, under the seat

 

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

 

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

Each individual airline has its own set of requirements when travelling with a pet. For the most up to date information it is best to contact the airline directly prior to booking your pet onto the flight. 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 

 

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.

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!

THE last STEP FOR STRAY ANIMAL ADOPTION

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.