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.



Gus This Guy is a Gem!

Adult Pit Bull Terrier Mix/Male/Neutered

Gus came to us sick with heart worm. At first we thought Gus was an older pup but now we think he was just not feeling well. We started his heart worm treatments and he is now a new dog! We estimate him to be between 3-5 years old. He is quite energetic and outgoing. He would do best in a home with no other pets - a fenced in yard would be a huge plus for this guy too! He loves being with people.

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9 year old German Shepard Female

This is a sweet Lady. She is a turn in, seems to like most dogs, enjoys walking, housebroken. She does not look her age at all.



3-4 year old Pit Bull Terrier Mix/Male/Neutered

Hogan is a strong, physical guy who loves to play and take long walks. He gets along well with some other dogs, so a meet and greet with your dog is suggested before taking him home.