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.



3-4 year old Boxer Mix

Spayed Female

This little lady loves to play, but she should be your only dog. She enjoys showing you how much she loves you and wants you all to herself. Tessie would also prefer a home without little kids or cats. If you're looking for your one and only, come in and meet Tessie -  you won’t be disappointed!




1 - 2 year old Pit Bull Terrier Mix

Neutered Male

I am a very nice young dog, I enjoy walks, being scratched and petted but most of all just being with someone. I am not crazy about being left alone and probably shouldn’t be around cats. Come in and see me we will both be happy.




1 year old, Husky/Collie mix


Huey is a very playful young fellow who is good with some dogs. He likes some other dogs. He has a balance problem but has been given a clean bill of health by the vet. He needs a home with very few stairs, though.




7 year old, Jack Russell Terrier (rough coat)


Rocky is a new arrival who likes long walks and scratches behind the ears. He gets along with men, women and calm dogs.