Adoption Procedures

There is a $40 NON-REFUNDABLE FEE for all animals. 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.






Donna was with us last fall. She came back because her owner became to ill to care for her. He was quite heartbroken. 

Donna is still a little overweight.  She is very good in the house, doesn't get on the furniture, doesn't bark, chew or counter-surf.  She's housebroken and not bad on leash.  She'd like a quiet home with no small kids or rowdy dogs.  Her bags are packed and she's ready to go!




Pit Mix

Lola would prefer to be your only dog. This doesn't mean she's a bad dog, it just means she wants to devote all of her love and attention to you.





Pit Bull
Under 1 Year/Female.
Needs a home with no cats

Stella is a very sweet and affectionate young girl. She bonds quickly with people and would do great in a loving family environment.




Border Collie/Blue Heeler
10 month old/Neutered/Male

Seamus is a handsome and sweet boy who gets along well with other dogs.




American Eskimo
2 year old/Spayed/Female

Gabby is a high energy girl who is very sweet and gets along great with other dogs. She would do well in a home with an active owner or family




Pit Bull

Petunia is as sweet as the flower. This little girl is gentle, loving and easy going. She came in with Lily and is very much bonded to her so she does well with other dogs but she should meet any dogs you already have to make sure they are a good match.




Terrier Mix

Sid is a fun little guy with a unique personality. He was a little fearful of meeting new people when he came into the shelter but has really come out of his shell. During shelter open hours you can often find him out in the play yard enjoying himself with some of the other dogs.