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.




Pit bull
2 Year Old/Male

Skeeter is a strong and handsome young dog who is trying to find where he left his manners. The volunteers are helping Skeeter learn what is and isn't appropriate in the world and are having some laughs with him as he finds his way. Skeeter is a sweet and lovable dog but he needs a home where his owners will continue with his training.




3 Year Old/Neutered/Male

Romeo is a gentle giant looking for a loving home. This big boy is as sweet as can be and loves to be around people (he even visited the nursing home recently).  Romeo is currently being treated for heartworm at the shelter and will need to continue treatments once he finds a loving home.