Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
We do not adopt, foster, or rescue outside the state of Michigan, and our primary adoption area is Michigan's southern lower peninsula. We do not place dogs in fosters more than 15-20 miles from the city of Detroit. We do not operate any sort of shelter or facility, but our base of operations is located just outside the eastern city limits of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Park.
We do not adopt, foster, or rescue outside of the state of Michigan and do not accept owner surrenders of any dog over 8-10 weeks old, as we ALWAYS have fosters ready and willing to take in young pups and also always have adopters on our waiting list for puppies to come in, so very young owner surrenders do not take up foster space meant for stray and abandoned dogs. We only pull from pounds and animal controls when we have at least three open fosters, unless, again, it is puppies no older than 8-10 weeks. Adult dogs are much, much harder to find fosters for, so our intake of adult dogs is limited to stray and abandoned dogs ONLY. We are not equipped to handle fully feral dogs, as we are foster-based, so stray and abandoned dogs must be of even enough temperament to live indoors in a home environment. Dogs who have lived on the street will often be scared and timid at first and take time to adjust to living in a home environment with humans that love and respect them, and are seldom housebroken at the time of rescue. But we also realize the harsh reality that a dog born and raised in a pack environment on the street will need specialized, long-term care and training in a facility equipped to handle feral dogs, and we do not have that capability.
Our mission is to rescue, rehab, and place in loving, stable, responsible homes the forgotten, abandoned, stray dogs of Detroit. Our hope is someday, we will no longer be needed because every dog has a home and every owner spays or neuters their dogs.
Our adoption contract is a legally binding document drafted by our attorney, and allows us the absolute permanent right to remove the dog from the possession of the adopter at ANY point in the dog's life. It also explains that Vigilante Dog Rescue retains legal ownership of the dog for the duration of the dog's life, solely to give us the absolute, irrefutable right to repossess the dog is the contract is breached in any way, or if we discover during a follow-up welfare check that the dog is being housed outdoors, is being neglected, is being abused, or any other violation. The adoption application also becomes a part of the contract, so the answers the adopter provides on their application become a part of the legally binding adoption contract, as is stated at the end of the application above the electronic signature space.
Our adoption fees are as follows:
PUPPIES UNDER SIX MONTHS OF AGE: $150, with $50 refunded upon proof of spay/neuter no earlier than the puppy's 6 month birthday and no later than their 7 month birthday. Failure to comply with the spay/neuter contract between the age of 6 and 7 months will result in repossession of the puppy, without refund of any portion of the adoption fee. The dates between which the puppy must be sterilized will be included in the adoption contract according to the age of the puppy at the time of adoption.
DOGS OVER SIX MONTHS OF AGE: $100. All dogs over six months old will be sterilized prior to adoption.
All canines up for adoption will be UTD on vaccines,
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.