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.




2 Year Old/Male

Rudy is very friendly, but sometimes unruly. The volunteers are working on his leash-pulling and jumping during playtime.  He previously had a young beagle play mate, but he tests the patience of the more mature dogs.  When he takes a break from playing, he is very affectionate.  A fenced-in yard, no small children and no cats will be requirements.  Because of his size and strength, only qualified rescues or responsible, experienced doberman owners will be considered for placement.  If you are an experienced/former doberman owner, you will have to provide verification of such. Do not apply if you don't have these qualifications...




5 Year Old/Female

My name is Pearl. If you are looking for a laid back, quiet, affectionate dog who gets along great with every person and dog she meets, I'm your girl!! I'm a favorite here at the shelter and I'm told I have the perfect disposition. I would be great for someone looking for a quiet dog who loves lounging around. I walk great on a leash and am very loving.





Jack Russell Terrier Mix
6 Year Old/Neutered/Male

I'm told that I'm quite the character. Like my name, I like to scoot around and meet new people and go for walks. I get along well with other dogs and I'm also house trained. I also need a home with no cats.