Adopting from the Shelter Frequently Asked Questions
Livingston County, MichiganAnimal ShelterAdopting from the Shelter Frequently Asked Questions

Adopting from the Shelter Frequently Asked Questions

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I want to adopt a pet, how does that work?,

If you would like to adopt a pet please visit the shelter or take a look at the adoptable animals on our website. It is important that you visit the shelter and spend some time with the animal that you are thinking about adopting.

Once you’re sure that the animal is a good fit for your family and lifestyle, you can fill out the paperwork and take the pet home the same day (if it is spayed/neutered and fully vetted). If the animal you want has not been “fixed” yet, we will schedule the surgery once you fill out the adoption paperwork and you can pick it up the day after the procedure. 
We do have an adoption guideline document for you to review in our adoption section.
When you adopt, we provide an animal’s medical history including vaccines, de-worming, heartworm or feline leukemia /FIV testing. Animals adopted from Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter will be micro chipped, and if it is a dog, it will have a Michigan dog license.
If I see a pet I want on your website, can I call and adopt it over the phone?,

No, you must come into the shelter to adopt a pet.

Some pets are available on the 4th day, some on the 7th, some immediately...always call to be sure the pet is still here. We handle 2,500 pets per year, we need to find them homes quickly.

If you see an adoptable pet you want, please call first as the pet can be adopted in a matter of minutes.  If you are driving from a distance, we can hold it until you get here--if it is just a few hours. We will not hold a pet for days or for your friends.

If a pet is in high demand and not adoptable yet, we may have a waiting list and screen for the right home for the pet's personality.




If I get my new pet home and it doesn’t fit into my household, what happens?,

We understand that it can take some time to for you and your new pet to adjust, and we give each pet a trial period where you can bring them back for a refund. 

You have 3 business days to return a dog, and 10 business days to return a cat for a refund. All refunded fees made by Livingston County will be mailed to you in the form of a refund check. Please be aware that this process can take up to 3-4 weeks. 
As long as the pet that you are returning is healthy and its temperament is fine, it will go back up for adoption. Please provide us information about the reason you are returning the animal! We will include this information in its profile and that will help us find a suitable home for the animal in the future.


I adopted a pet from the shelter and now it’s sick or injured, what should I do?,

If you adopted from the shelter after March 2013, you should have received a brochure about purchasing insurance for your pet. If you registered your cat or dog, the illness or injury may be covered. The insurance is provided through PetFirst Healthcare with NO age restrictions at the time of adoption. The PetFirst Adoption Policy offers you the first month of comprehensive pet health insurance for $5, with additional months of coverage starting from $12.95 to $16.95/month. Under this insurance there are two plans for protection. Insurance can offer a safety net making it possible to afford to treat an unforeseen medical emergency, rather than making the difficult decision not to treat. 

You can register online or by calling within 20 days of adopting your pet from the shelter. Once the insurance is active, you can use the veterinarian of your choice and submit the bills for reimbursement. This is a service that the shelter provides, we are not connected with PetFirst Healthcare and receive no compensation nor are we liable for their coverage decision. PetFirst Healthcare will determine if the illness or accident is covered, the shelter has no influence on their decision.
If you do not have insurance for your pet and you are considering getting an in-depth surgery or treatment for your pet, consider calling multiple veterinary clinics in order to get the best price for the procedure. For minor illnesses and injuries, you may want to consider visiting a mobile veterinary clinic. These clinics are frequently held at local pet stores and they can be an excellent way to get routine veterinary care for your pet at an affordable price.


What are your adoption fees?,

Adoption Fees:

Dogs (over 4 months)               $140
Puppies (under 4 months)        $175
Cats (over 4 months)                $80*
Kittens (under 4 months)          $90*
* A second cat or kitten is only $1
All pets are altered (fixed), tested for Heartworm or Feline Leukemia/FIV, have age appropriate vaccines, de-wormed, microchipped and, if it's a dog, it has a MI dog license.
Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted.