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.






Scully when he came into the shelter weighing 39lbs and hardly able to stand.

Scully today, happy and healthy at 80lbs

Scully with the volunteers at the shelter that helped nurse him back to health and provided him with some much needed attention and exercise while confined to the shelter for almost a year.


Pit Bull Mix


Great with other dogs

You might have seen Scully in the Batavia news over the past year. Skully was near death when he was found at the top of a stairway by the police.  He had been sick for a few days according to his owner and she was planning to have a family member come take him away and shoot him the next day.  Skully was taken to a vet clinic where he was found to be neurologically impaired, dehydrated and starving.  They started life-saving treatment.  The vet said he had been ill for some time and was probably blind due to eating some type of poison and might not survive.  Over the next few days his condition improved and he was able to stand and take a few steps but a new problem became apparent.  Skully had deep pressure sores on his feet, shoulders and hips from laying in the same position for so long. Throughout his ordeal Skully has been agreeable and cooperative with treatment.  He is friendly with other dogs and has never shown any aggression toward people.  He is used as a calming walking companion for reactive dogs at the shelter. Skully's owner was charged with torturing an animal, failure to provide sustenence and neglect.  His court case dragged on for more than 8 months until October 7th when his owner signed him over to the shelter.  Skully can now be adopted and begin a new life with a new family.  In the meantime, he would do best in a foster home with someone who can help him readjust to life outside the shelter.




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 Mix

Adult/Spayed Female

Daphne is an energetic and happy girl that is always smiling and always wagging her tail. Her love and happiness for life infects everyone she's around.




Terrier Mix

Adult/Neutered Male

Sam is a cool little guy with a great personality to go along with his good looks. He loves going out for walks and making friends.




Husky Mix

Adult Neutered Male

Gerbil is a beautiful young male that is gentle and easy going. He loves spending time with the volunteers outside of his kennel and is hoping to find a home with a couch where he can watch football on the weekends. Gerbil needs a home with no cats.




Pit bull


Patrick came into the shelter looking like a skeleton but he's gaining weight and is turning into a handsome young man. Patrick is a sweet and playful guy who does well with both female and male dogs.