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
4 Year Old/Neutered/Male

Cowboy came to the shelter in a pretty bad condition. He was heartworm positive and also had a broken jaw from an accident. With all that he was dealing with he has shown nothing but love and friendship with the volunteers here at the shelter. He has built a special bond with all of the volunteers due to his pure joy and happiness when he gets out of his kennel for walks and some one-on-one time with the volunteers. Cowboy will begin his heartworm treatment shortly, but he is finally ready to find a loving home where he can thrive. Cowboy is being kept in a larger kennel that is in a quiet part of the shelter to keep his stress levels down. If you don't see him, ask a volunteer or the front desk and someone can get him out for you to meet him. Cowboy has done great with female dogs at the shelter and has a few friends he enjoys walking with.




Shepherd Mix
1.5 Year Old/Male

Toby has a very sweet dispostion and is great with everyone he meets but he gets stressed around other dogs and would prefer to find a home of his own. He enjoys getting out for walks and spending time nuzzled up with people.