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.





Shepherd Mix
Adult/Spayed Female
Medium (26 - 60 lbs)

Mattie is looking for someone to give her a chance. She had a rough start when she came in covered in mats, and has been at the shelter for quite some time because she often gets overlooked. As you can see by the video, Mattie is a shelter favorite and sweet girl that just needs someone to give her an opportunity to shine.






Pit Bull Terrier

Adult/Neutered Male

Good with female dogs

Red looks like he spends most of the day at the gym. This guy may look like a brute but he is as sweet as can be and loves rolling around in the grass with the shelter staff. Red recently attended Bark in the Park at the baseball stadium and was a hit!!




Chow Mix

Adult/Neutered Male

Satch is a handsome chow mix who is friendly and outgoing. He has the unique blue-black tongue you often see in the breed.




Pit bull mix

Adult/Neutered Male

Hank is a happy guy with a lot of energy who loves being around people. He settles in nicely on leash walks once he's out and loves checking out the sites and smells around the shelter.




Australian Shepherd Mix


Curly gets his name from his unique appearance. He's a little shy at first but quickly warms up and is extremely affectionate once he gets to know you. Curly is definitely rocking the bald is beautiful look.




Rottweiler Mix

8 months/Spayed Female

Meatball is a beautiful young girl looking for a single person or family to start her life with. She is outgoing and friendly and loves getting out for walks.




Hound Mix

Adult/Spayed Female

Dancer literally loves everyone person and dog she meets. She is a happy go lucky girl who is a bundle of joy to be around.




Pit Mix


Good with other dogs

Bruno is a young boy who still has that puppy demeanor. He loves everyone he meets and is always smiling.




German Shepherd Mix


Good with other dogs

Coco is a sweet and gentle girl who loves spending time with the volunteers at the shelter. She enjoys going for walks and spending time in the play yard with her dog friends.