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 Mix
2 Year Old/Male

If you can't tell by my smile, I'm one of the happiest and sweetest boys here at the shelter. I just love everyone I meet and get so excited to get out for walks with the volunteers here at the shelter. I'm a young and energetic boy who likes meeting other dogs (especially the girls).




Pit Mix
2 Year Old/Spayed/Female

I'm the sweetest and friendliest girl you will ever meet. I'm very gentle with people that I meet and I love meeting new dogs as well. I walk well on a leash and love getting out for walks here at the shelter and am very playful.




7 Year Old/Spayed/Female

I'm starting to get a few gray hairs but anyone who has hit middle age knows how much life you still have in you. I absolutely love getting out for walks and bound down the trail in the snow with such glee. I'm very friendly with people I meet and don't pay a lot of attention to other dogs but at this point in my life I'd love to find a home all to my own.