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.






Pit Mix
Felicia is a sweet and energetic little girl with a beautiful brindle coat. Shelter life has been a little stressful for her, so she is being kept in an area of the shelter that is quiet and isn't accessible by the public. If you are interested in meeting her, you can ask someone at the front desk and one of the shelter volunteers can get her. Felicia would love to find a loving home where she can begin her new life.




Lab Mix


Geezer is an older guy but is the kindest and most gentle soul you have ever met. This poor guy has some tumors on his abdomen. He will be in to the vet this week for an ultrasound to determine if they are malignant or benign. Geezer would love to find a loving, warm home where he can share his affection with you and he can live out his twilight years.




Pit Mix

8 month old/Female

Lexi has sure come out of her shell. She was a little shy and unsure of herself when she first came to the shelter, but she is a ball of energy and fun when she meets new people now. She is extremely affectionate and LOVES meeting and playing with other dogs.