Adoption Procedures

There is a $60 NON-REFUNDABLE FEE for all animals which needs to be cash or a check - NO CREDIT CARDS. If the animal is not spayed or neutered there is a $35 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT upon proof of surgery. An adoption application must be filled out at the Shelter by the person wishing to adopt the animal. Once the application has been reviewed and approved the potential adopter may visit and meet any of the animals.

If you live in Genesee County, all dogs must be licensed BEFORE leaving the Shelter. Please note that public offices that license dogs are not open on the weekends. All dogs must leave the Shelter on a leash. Please bring a leash.


All animals older than 3 months of age are given rabies vaccine. Unless there is proof of a prior rabies vaccine, the vaccine is good for one year. All animals are given at least one dose of deworming medication. All dogs receive a parvo/distemper vaccine which is good for one year.

Spay It Forward!

Volunteers For Animals has paid for the animals to be spayed or neutered before they are adopted. Please consider making a donation towards our spay/neuter program. 100% of your donation will be used to spay or neuter animals from Genesee County. Donations are tax deductible!

Before You Adopt

You may want to take the time to read the Dog Adoption Bible provided free to the public by Mike Rogers. You may download it, share it and/or print it at no charge. It is specifically written for those who are adopting a dog for the first time but it can be helpful for everyone. The book was written to help keep shelter dogs in great homes which is what we all want to see.




5 year old Fawn Chihuahua Mix
Female/Spayed (6 Nov)

Our little Eva came to us as a stray, and because she has limited sight in both eyes was very scared and nippy. Things have changed, she now enjoys being petted and going for long walks. She is a bit picky about eating, and supposedly understands English and Spanish.




3-4 Year old / PIt Bull Terrier / Male / Neutered 

When Zeus first came to us he was a tough character, but has since warmed up. He loves to go for long walks, but does need a no pull harness. He has a strong personality, but will show you a soft side when no one is looking. He seems to be housebroken, and trains well for treats.





1 year old / Boxer Mix / Female / Spayed

This is one sweet lady - she will warm your heart and her tail never stops wagging!! She enjoys long walks on a no pull harness and seems to get along well with other dogs.