Adopt a Dog

Adopting a dog from MARS

Adopting a dog is a great opportunity to provide a rescue animal with a new lease on life. When you adopt from MARS you know that you have saved the life of an animal who will love you unconditionally. All necessary Vet work is provided so you can know that your new friend will be healthy and happy.

View all the dogs that are currently waiting for adoption below, if you would like to know more about a particular dog please contact the carer direct on the number provided. You will be able to arrange a viewing time and you are under no obligation to adopt after a viewing so please feel free to meet as many foster dogs as you like.

The Adoption Process

When you have found your new best friend, just provide your contact details to the carer and they will forward them to our dog coordinator who will get in touch with you to start finalising the adoption process. This will involve emailing you all the adoption paperwork, payment forms and arranging a yard check to ensure you can provide a suitable home for the dog you are adopting. Before finalising the adoption and the dog leaving MARS care, council registration must be obtained and the registration tag number provided to the dog coordinator.

Current Adoption Fees

Our dog adoption fees are inclusive of vaccinations up to the date of adoption, microchipping, desexing, worming, heartworm tested & health check.  

  • Males: $390
  • Females: $450

Please note council registration costs is in addition to the adoption fees and paid directly to Mackay Regional Council.

Things to consider before adopting a dog from MARS

Adding a new member to your family is a big commitment and we encourage all potential adopters to think about the type of animal best suited to your lifestyle before viewings.

  • Is your yard suitable in size for a small dog, medium dog or large?
  • Is it securely fenced with no spaces for animals to escape?
  • Do you have the time to walk and exercise the dog?
  • Would a puppy or an older dog be more suited to your lifestyle?
  • If adopting a puppy, are you prepared for how big they may grow depending on breed?
  • Can you commit to additional costs for yearly vaccinations and vet visits?
  • If renting, have you obtained permission from real estate/landlord to have a dog?


If you have any questions about the process of adopting a dog contact us now, you new best friend could be waiting.

  • Bear

    Jack Russell x
    9 years

    Hello, my name is Bear and I am an affectionate, well-behaved little boy. I have a loyal and attentive personality and love following you around the house. I love pats and belly-rubs and absolutely love going for my daily walkies. I am a toilet trained inside dog and have been learning some new training commands from my foster carer.
    I would be best suited to a senior person or couple, as I am not suitable for children. I am also not suited for a home with male dogs or pets (I am fine with females). Because I would be ideal with a more mature household, we are offering a senior’s discount to my adoption fee!
    So, if you’re a senior looking for your next fur kid who will be so excited to see you when you get home and so happy to be with you I’m you man!

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  • Dusty

    Cattle x
    9 weeks

    G'day, I'm the awesome little fellow you will ever met and the call me Dusty.
    I'm supper friendly and love to play and wrestle my brother, I especially like to pull his tail so he drops what he has and I can steal it.
    I'm a unique boy and like to only do no.2's in the garden. I'm learnt to sit and still working on waiting on my patience with food.
    I like big dogs and I'm not too worried about cats or ducks.
    I will need room to run as I’m energetic and a little mate or 2 to grow with would be great.
    If you think you have room for an adventurous pup like me, give my Foster mum a call.

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  • John Snow

    Staffy x
    5 months

    Hi, I’m John Snow. I am gentle loving dog. I love snuggling up near you on the floor.
    I have learnt to sit but being a puppy, I like to pretend I don’t hear you. I am toilet trained but sometimes have little accidents when I get over excited, but we are working on it.
    I am very excitable, and my ears like to prick up when I hear people around. I love children and will run around the yard happily playing all day long.
    I’m a sweet little man and will make a great addition to a loving home.
    If you would like to meet me then please call my foster mum.

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  • Martha

    17 weeks
    wolfhound x

    Hi, my name is Martha and I am a sweet, playful and loving pup.
    I have tons of energy and love to chase my sister around the yard.
    I love a good nap after a hard play and I will happily snuggle in beside you.
    I will grow to be a big so l will need a large yard to play in. Im looking for a loving family, with kids would be a bonus.
    If you would like to meet me, please call or text my foster mum.

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  • Mouse

    cattle x
    9 weeks

    Hello, my name is Mouse. I am a little bit timid at first meet, but soon become familiar with strangers.
    I love playing with my sister and older household dog, and I love toys, especially tuggy toys.
    I would suit a family which is not too boisterous so I can settle in. My house training is going well and I am learning the sit command.
    If I’m the pup for you contact my carer so we can meet.

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  • Pepper

    Sharpei x
    18 months

    I am super mum Pepper. I am a rather petite girl, now I have raised my babies and they don't need me 24/7 I am happy to play with my fur family. I am also comfortable with my own company.
    I’m the sweetest and gentlest lady you will meet. I enjoy a snuggle and I like sneaking up on the bed.
    I am look forward to having a new home to call mine and family to start a wonderful life with.
    I’m happy to be with or without other dogs and kids. I’m easy going and will fit in to any lifestyle.
    If you think a young lady like me is for you, give my carer a call to meet me!

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  • Possum

    Cattle x
    9 weeks

    Hello, my name is Possum. I am a feisty girl who loves being very active and playing with toys.
    I love being with my humans for a belly rub and cuddle. I am with my litter sister and my foster carer's older dog, so I would get on well with another dog.
    I am a fast learner and my house training is going well. I am also learning the sit command.
    If I’m the girl for you contact my carer so we can meet

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  • Smudge

    7 weeks
    Rottweiler x

    Hello, my name is Smudge. I’m just a little guy at the moment but will grow up to be a medium to large sized dog so will need a good sized yard to grow and play in.
    I am a very intelligent little dude who learns new things with ease.
    I am currently working on toilet training and sitting and I’m doing great with both.
    I would ideally love to have another fur sibling to snuggle, play and keep me company but would also be happy to have a family that can give me lots of attention.
    If you would like to meet me, please call or text my foster mum.

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  • Spud

    Wolfhound x mastiff
    5 months

    Hi! I'm Spud! I am a beautiful little boy that would make the best addition to your family. I am not too needy but love cuddles on the couch.
    I am very well behaved and respond well to commands. I'm pretty smart! My training is going really well. I always go on puppy pads inside unless I take myself outside and I am quickly learning to walk on the lead. I am still young so it would be easy to train me how you like.
    I love playing, I can pretty much fetch the ball and I love tug-o-war. I love other dogs and would do best with a companion, but I am getting used to being on my own too. I have learnt not to bite, so don't let me! I am good with kids. I am a really good dog!
    Please adopt me!

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