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.





Pit Bull Mix
5 Year Old/Neutered/Male

Oh boy, have I been through the ringer. I am really hoping someone can get me off this wagon train and into a loving and stable home. I'm just about as sweet as can be and am kind and loving to everyone I meet. I get along good with other dogs and have made so many friends here at the shelter. I spent a little too much time out at the chuck wagon but I'm working hard with my friends here at the shelter to shed some of those extra pounds. Oh, I almost forgot that I'm actually pretty famous around these parts and if you are interested, you can read all about me in The Batavian




Pit Bull
2 Year Old/Neutered/Male

Hi everyone!! My name is Finn and I'm a happy and affectionate young dog with a great personality. I like meeting other dogs and love getting out for walks. I especially love people and get very excited when they stop to say hi to me. I'd love to find a home where I can sit and watch football with you on the weekend. I recently met a family with small kids at the shelter and I did great with the kids!! My tail wouldn't stop wagging.




Pit Bull
2 Year Old/Female

I'm a sweet and energetic young dog that is gentle and loving. I love meeting other dogs and just can't stop wagging my tail when I see people.