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.

  • bella

    9 weeks
    Shar pie x lab x staffy

    Hi! My name is Bella and I am sweet and very cuddly little girl. I was the smallest of my siblings, so I’ll give a good fight for food and toys!
    I love to play with my foster siblings, both big and small. Although I am interested in cats, I think I’d like to chase them and not cuddle with them.
    I will require a forever home with a lot of time and patience, I am not suited to a home with children or older dogs as I like being in charge and can be rambunctious when playing.

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  • Betty

    Sharpie x staffy
    9 weeks

    Hello I’m Betty and I’m super sweet loving girl that will be a great addition to a caring family.
    I love playing outdoors and playing tug of war with my foster sister. I lots of energy and am a growing girl.
    My toilet training is going very well and I’m crate trained.
    I’m going to be available for adoption in early June once I’m 12 weeks old.

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  • Brownie

    Sharpei x staffy
    8 weeks

    Hi there! My names brownie, I do have to let you know that I have some potential hearing issues.
    I have the most beautiful green eyes and I am the biggest cuddliest, sweetest girl you’ll ever meet. I love cuddles and I could lay for hours on your lap!
    I love playing with fluffy toys, also my big and small foster siblings. I don’t like to be left alone by myself, it scares me a lot.

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  • Boof

    18 Months
    Ridgeback x Dane

    Hi my name is Boof. I am a big gentle giant. I live with young kids and the youngest one is only 2 years old and we are best friends. The highlight of my day is playing with the 2 year old boy and food time. Boof is suited to a family who has kids as Boof is really good with kids especially little kids.
    At this stage am best suited to a family with no other dogs. I am very strong so will need someone who is strong enough to be able to take me for daily walks. I will need a decent size yard to play in for my size.
    I can sit and am toilet trained. If you have a house with stairs, I won’t be able to climb them as am uncertain about stairs. I do need a family who is home a-bit as I don’t like being home alone.

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  • Brie

    9 weeks
    Shar pei x staffy x lab

    My name is Brie. I’m a ball of energy and have a very adventurous personality, I love to play with my big foster brothers and boss my sister around.
    When I’m done playing, I love to curl up on my foster mums lap for a good cuddle.
    I know to go to the toilet outside but am still learning.

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  • John Snow

    Staffy x
    3 months

    Hi, my name is John Snow. I am very energetic and I am just a great ball of fun.
    I was rescued on the side of a big highway so I'm very lucky to be alive today! This shows in my personality. As I just love life!
    I love kids and every other animal that will play with me!
    I love running around my yard so I will probably suit a family with lots of space to grow. A big yard or farm would be preferable for me.

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  • Sadie

    6 months
    Staffy x

    Hi! My name Sadie and I love to run around and play fetch, I could play all day every day.
    I also enjoy snuggling on your lap. I get along great with other dogs, however I think I would be best suited as an only dog as I want all your love and attention.
    I also make a great guard dog. I do have a habit of chewing sadly but my foster mum is teaching me to stop.

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