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.




3 Year Old/Neutered/Male

My brother Archer and I were turned in together through no fault of our own. We are both very playful and enjoy meeting new people but we are a little fearful of the shelter right now and may bark when you see us in our kennel. Once you get us out of our kennel and we are able to interact with you, you will see how sweet and loving we both are. I would prefer to be your only dog.




Pit/Lab Mix
2 Year Old/Neutered/Male

I'm a happy and energetic young dog looking for a loving home. I have lots of energy so I would do best in an active house or a house with a big yard I can run around in. I've made friends with a few dogs here at the shelter and especially enjoy getting out for walks. My favorite thing here to do at the shelter is play fetch with tennis balls in the play yard with the volunteers.




Chihuahua Mix
2 Year Old/Male

Max is a little leery of strangers but once he trusts you he is a bundle of energy and joy. He's very affectionate and smart but will need a patient owner to help him build his confidence.




Husky Mix
2 Year Old/Neutered/Male

The shelter has been a stressful place for Desi and we are hoping he will find a loving home because he truly deserves one. Desi is an energetic dog and would do great with an active family. Desi does ok with some low-key dogs but would prefer to be your only pet.




Lab Mix
6 Year Old/Spayed/Female

I'm a happy and active middle age girl that absolutely loves spending time out in the play yard with the volunteers. I enjoy running around in the yard and going for dips in the kiddie pool. I do well with some low-key dogs so if you have another dog in your household, bring them to the shelter to see if we get along. I would prefer a house without cats.