Adoption Policies & Procedures


MHF has many wonderful animals who would love to join your family. We try our hardest to make sure each animal finds their forever home by ensuring that they are a good match for each family member.


Requirements for adopting: Adopter must be at least 21 years of age. For equines, we will complete a home check prior to adoption. For companion animals, we require that your current/past animals are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccines. Declawing is a painful and unnecessary procedure, and cats adopted from MHF may not be declawed under any circumstances. Dogs adopted from MHF may not be confined by tethering at any time or outdoors in a run or yard overnight. Any animal adopted from MHF cannot be sold, traded or given away. If at ANY time in the future you are unable to keep or provide for the care for the animal, the animal MUST be returned to the Middleburg Humane Foundation.


Please note: MHF reserves the right to deny adoption for any reason at its sole discretion and is not obligated to state any reason for such denial.


To get started you must do the following:


1.    Fill out one of the Following:

       Canine/Feline Adoption Application

       Pocket Pet Adoption Application (For rabbits, rodents, ferrets, reptiles, birds, etc.)

       Livestock Adoption Application

In order to correctly submit your application, ensure that required fields are not left empty.  You will be taken to a confirmation page once your form has been submitted.

(An adoption counselor will review your application & call/email you for an appointment).


2.    Visit the shelter to meet and greet animals that may be a potential match for you. We do not release animals on the first visit.


3.    After meeting an animal, we ask that you and your family go home and discuss the prospective addition to your family.


4.    Call us the following day with your decision.


We will then do a reference check (for equines, we will do a home check). If you are a current/past cat or dog owner, we will speak with your veterinarian to confirm that your animal(s) are/were current on vaccines and spayed or neutered.


You may also email:


Katherine: for small companion adoptions or  equine/livestock adoptions.




CANINE - All dogs are current on vaccines, dewormed, heartworm negative, flea/tick free, microchipped, and (if over 4 months of age), spayed or neutered prior to being released. Puppies return to us for spay or neuter at 4 months of age. Adopters are required to pay a $150.00 non-refundable adoption fee to help cover some of the medical costs.  Adopters must sign a no-tethering clause upon adopting a MHF dog.


FELINE - All cats are feline leukemia and feline aids negative, vaccinated, dewormed, flea/tick free, microchipped, and spayed or neutered prior to being released if over 4 months of age. Kittens return to us for spay or neuter at 4 months of age. Adopters are required to pay an $90.00 non-refundable adoption fee to help cover some of the medical costs. Adopters must sign a no declaw clause upon adopting MHF cats/kittens. We love for cats to have companions so we offer the "buddy program" - 2 cats or kittens for the adoption donation of $90.00.


Click here to fill out a Canine/Feline Adoption Application




Many people are not aware that shelters often have pocket pets or birds that are in need of a home.  The term Pocket Pet often refers to small mammals who are housed in a cage such as mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and chinchillas, but can also include reptiles and amphibians.  Owning a pocket pet or bird can be a big responsibility. Pocket pets and birds have very different diets and needs from dogs and cats.  It is very important that you learn how to properly take care of your pet before adopting.  Please check your local shelter when considering adopting a pocket pet or bird instead of buying one from a pet store.  The amount of the adoption fee varies depending on the individual animal and expenses incurred for rehabilitation.


Click here to fill out a Pocket Pet/Bird Adoption Application




When placing livestock, MHF ensures that each animal is situated into a home that best suits that animal's needs. MHF visits the facility where the animal will be housed and sends the animal home for a foster period before finalizing adoption. This gives the animal and the adopted a chance to bond. Animals adopted from MHF cannot be used for breeding or racing and cannot be sold or given away. We also maintain a lifelong commitment by requiring adopters to complete an annual report. Equine adoption fees range from $100 to $1000 depending on expenses incurred by MHF for rehabilitation. Other livestock adoption fees are based solely on expenses incurred for rehabilitation.


If you are interested in adopting an equine or other livestock:


A Livestock Adoption Questionnaire must be submitted to Middleburg Humane Foundation. You must also review the Preliminary Terms for Livestock Adoption. A Middleburg Humane Foundation representative will have you sign both documents upon completion of the home check. If you have further questions, please contact Julie, our Equine Rescue Program Manager.


Click here to fill out a Livestock Adoption Application



Thank you for your interest in adoption. We look forward to working with you to find the love of your life!




Contact Us


Middleburg Humane Foundation

P.O. Box 1238

Middleburg, VA 20118


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Appointment Hours:


Monday: Closed

Tues - Sat: 11am-5:30pm,

Sunday- Closed


All visits to the shelter are by appointment only, please.

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