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I can't more highly recommend adopting from Mila's Mutts! To be honest I really struggled with the thought of adopting a dog sight unseen, as I really wanted the perfect fit for our family (and when it comes to dogs- I'm picky.. It's a new family member!). I knew though when I saw the pictures of the dog we later adopted- that I just couldn't pass him up. Madii was always there to answer my million questions and ultimately helped us make our decision. Adoption day came and we went to pick up our sweet boy, who was one of the last of 25 or so dogs to come out of the giant trailer. All the dogs were so sweet and it was such a memorable experience to see them all be welcomed into their new families. Our boy had a "twin" brother who was also scheduled for adoption that day, but after reaching out to Madii a couple weeks later to see if we could connect with his new family, we found out his adopters fell through and he was also available. It was a no-brainer and within a few weeks we had both our twin boys reunited, and our family complete. I think what makes so many of these dogs from Mila's Mutts such great companions, is many come in as strays/street dogs or have been hurt/abandoned. They're just so hungry for love, & don't seem to have all the behavioral baggage like many owner-surrenders here. With even just a little love - they're incredibly loyal and become the most amazing family members!
We have had Oscar since November 2020 and we couldn’t be happier with the choice we made. Since Oscar made a long trip from Mexico, and we got him in the middle of a pandemic, he was very hesitant to meet other dogs. We expressed this to Madii and with no hesitation, she offered to bring some of her dogs over to socialize with Oscar. Now Oscar is a little social butterfly. Mila’s Mutts goes above and beyond to make sure you have a right fit for your family. The whole experience was easy, and with all the support from every person involved, we have found the best new member of our family. I highly recommend Mila’s Mutts! I often get asked where we adopted Oscar and I proudly say we got him from Mila’s Mutts.
Laura, Joel, and Oscar
My husband and I have adopted two wonderful pups through Mila’s Mutts. We saw postings online for Prince, now named Bernie, and reached out to express our interest in meeting him a few years ago. This was before Covid, and Bernie had been living with a foster mom for a few weeks.
Someone from Mila’s Mutts gave us a call before meeting him to give us a little more information about his background. Bernie had undergone a traumatic experience in Mexico, and was pretty timid because of it. I really appreciated getting the story, as well as observations about how he was adjusting in advance. We still wanted to meet him and fell in love and took him home. Bernie is still a bit of a shy guy with new people he meets, but it has been incredible watching him progress and come out of his shell with us. He is way more confident and has a blast running around every day.
After about a year and a half we decided that it was time to get him a pup to play with, and were happy to start out search with Mila’s Mutts again. Our second adoption was during Covid, so things were a little different in that we adopted Lani before meeting her. Once again Mila’s Mutts spoke to us in detail about her personality and as much of her history as they knew. She was staying with a vet in Mexico, who was kind enough to send us several videos and pictures.
Lani and Bernie hit it off very well and it’s so wonderful to see how much they love each other and love playing together. Our experiences with both adoptions have been fantastic and rewarding. Mila’s Mutts also gave us a lot of information on what to expect adopting a stray from Mexico. We didn’t end up needing assistance beyond that, but it was great that they also wanted us to know they were there to help if we were struggling with the transition at all.
I believe that rescuing dogs is so rewarding, and that Mila’s Mutts is a great organization to go through!
Lola (originally Leihla) came into our home and life almost exactly two years ago: June 13, 2019. I had waited over 6 months after the passing of our little Poodle/Pom, Ruthie, to begin searching for another doggie. I did a search through Pet Finder for a smallish, young, female, poodle mix. Several had came up, but none ‘spoke’ to me until I saw the eyes on one through Mila’s Mutts in WA. She was a rescue from the streets of La Paz, Mexico, approximately 18 mos. old and 9 ½ pounds. Mila’s flew these doggies up to new homes on a regular basis. I filled out the application right away, and was told I’d been the first to apply, and she was mine if I wanted. It was instinct and chance, but I just felt she was meant to be ours. After being vetted and cleared to travel to the US, she was flown to Seattle with several other dogs, and then driven down to Battleground by a volunteer. The next day Madii met me half way and she came home to Central Oregon. It had been two very long days for her!
In retrospect, I believe Lola was in shock and a tad ‘shut down’ for a few days, as she slept a lot. We had to work on going potty outside for a few weeks, using lots of treats and walking 3X a day. Our son visited his youngest son (around two) soon after she came home, and it was difficult dealing with the needs of both, as he’d never been around dogs. Lola proved very kid friendly and loving, once her exuberance calmed down. There was a period the first few months where I wondered if we’d made a mistake. We had tummy troubles (diarrhea) I caused by giving her too many marrow bone treats; problems with eating too fast (almost inhaling her food); crating problems (she Still hates the crate). Throughout the adjustment period Madii at Mila’s Mutts maintained contact and support through messenger, and would make suggestions to deal with various problems.
I’m SO very glad we stuck it out and weathered all the adjustments. I adored her from the first, but it took a while for her to ‘fit’ comfortably into our lifestyle, and for my husband to fall in love too. Now she is just part of the family when kids and grandkids come to visit…. In fact, she is the highlight of the visit for a couple of the kids. She is whip smart, very curious and friendly and loves to trot around the neighborhood with me greeting other dogs and walkers. Mila’s has been a great resource and support for us as we trained (and were trained by)