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.




1 - 2 year old Pit Bull Terrier Mix/Male/Neutered

I am a very nice young dog, I enjoy walks, being scratched and petted - but most of all just being with someone. I am not crazy about being left alone and probably shouldn’t be around cats. I should also be your only dog. Come in and see me - we will both be happy.




1 Year Old Pit Bull Terrier Mix/Female/Spayed

Whitney is a young lady who came to us as a stray. She is one lovable pup. Whitney loves going for walks, seems to like other dogs and loves being petted.



2 year old Terrier Mix/Female/Spayed

Callie is a very docile girl. She seems to like other dogs, is extremely well mannered on walks (unless she sees a bunny!) We’re pretty sure she just wants to play chase with it. : ) Callie is a little shy, but very willing to try and please. She needs a home with no cats.



Senior Pit Bull Terrier Mix/Male/Neutered

Don’t let the name chase you away, this fellow is just how you want your dog to be when he is older - sweet, loveable, easy to walk. He is a shelter favorite and seems to get along with other dogs. Gramps is heart worm positive and will need treatment. We are currently arranging his treatment plan with a local vet.



9 month old Labrador Retriever Mix/Male

Bruno is all about wanting to play. He has a lot to learn, but seems to get along with other dogs and is friendly in general.



2-3 year old American Cattle Dog/Labrador Retriever Mix/Male/Neutered

Tucker loves to walk and he will let you know it. Also as seen in the picture he loves water - playing and laying in it!



1 year old Labrador Retriever Mix/Male/Neutered

Raven gets along with other dogs. He’s active, a pretty good walker and a well mannered, nice young boy.