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.





Shepherd Mix
Adult/Spayed Female
Medium (26 - 60 lbs)

Mattie is looking for someone to give her a chance. She had a rough start when she came in covered in mats, and has been at the shelter for quite some time because she often gets overlooked. As you can see by the video, Mattie is a shelter favorite and sweet girl that just needs someone to give her an opportunity to shine.






Shepherd Mix


Dixie is a sweet gentle girl who is quiet and very affectionate. 




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 bull mix

Adult/Neutered Male

Hank is a happy guy with a lot of energy who loves being around people. He settles in nicely on leash walks once he's out and loves checking out the sites and smells around the shelter.




Hound Mix

Adult/Spayed Female

Dancer literally loves everyone person and dog she meets. She is a happy go lucky girl who is a bundle of joy to be around.




Pit Mix

Young/Neutered Male

Good with other dogs

Bruno is a young boy who still has that puppy demeanor. He loves everyone he meets and is always smiling.




German Shepherd Mix

Adult/Spayed Female

Good with other dogs

Coco is a sweet and gentle girl who loves spending time with the volunteers at the shelter. She enjoys going for walks and spending time in the play yard with her dog friends.




Young Adult/Female


Does well with every dog she has met but needs a home without cats.

Tori is a goofy girl with beautiful blue eyes and a huge heart. She is pulls a little on the leash but that is just because she is excited to get out of the shelter to enjoy the sunshine. She also loves playing fetch and has made friends with many of the dogs here at the shelter. She's also been to a few of the shelter events and seemed especially fond of children.




Rotti Mix

Young/Spayed Female

Don't be fooled by Meatball's name; she's quite the lady. Meatball is a young and energetic girl look for a home where she can flourish and grow. She's made friends with quite a few dogs here and all of the volunteers.




Pit Mix


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.




American Bulldog Mix

Young Adult/Male

Shaft is a goofy young boy who makes you smile with that happy face. H does well with other dogs and is outgoing and friendly.