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Who We Are
Founded in 2007, Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption (PFL) is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt, non-profit animal welfare organization run by a group of hard-working, dedicated volunteers. PFL is an Adoption Guarantee organization that rescues homeless, neglected, abused and abandoned dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from overflowing shelters. PFL does not believe that time or money are acceptable reasons to end a life, ever. PFL uses a network of loving foster care homes where animals stay until their forever homes are found. PFL’s goal is to find the best homes possible for the homeless pets in our care. PFL operates under the philosophy of do no harm.

The organization focuses on humane legislation and education initiatives to permanently improve the lives, safety and future of companion animals in Michigan and surrounding areas. PFL has no paid staff and receives no government support. Every penny donated goes directly to the animals in our care, paying vet bills and purchasing needed supplies. In addition to rescue, PFL devotes resources to numerous local and national humane campaigns, such as End Dogfighting, Community Cat TNR and Eliminating Puppy Mills, as well as participation in community and national Disaster Animal Response Teams.

Mission Statement
Paws for Life’s mission is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves; to rescue and rehome abandoned pets, matching animals and families to find the right fit for everyone and promising to exhaust all efforts to place adoptable pets in lifelong, loving homes; to promote humane education, spay/neuter initiatives and respect for all living things; to prevent and report cruelty to animals; to participate in disaster animal response; to improve the lives of animals and end the suffering created by puppy mills, animal fighters and backyard breeders; and to be a driving force, leader and champion for animal welfare in Michigan.

Goals of Paws for Life

  • To reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in area shelters
  • To successfully match homeless dogs and cats with caring families who will provide a home for life
  • To educate the public on animal welfare issues, such as the pet homelessness crisis, importance of spay/neuter and prevention of animal cruelty
  • To participate in animal disaster training, preparedness and response in order to assist the animal community when in crisis and to mitigate animal injuries and deaths
  • To improve the lives of animals in Michigan through collaboration with other organizations in the fight for animals and their welfare

Adopt a Friend
To adopt a pet from Paws for Life, you must be at least 18 years old and be able and willing to provide a lifelong, loving home to your new pet. Dogs and cats are indoor animals and should not live outside. Cats should not be declawed and dogs should not be debarked. All we ask is that your new pet be treated at all times like a treasured member of the family.

Paws for Life believes that every animal needs adjustment time to get to know their new environment, routine and people. We require a mandatory, minimum two-week adjustment period before the adoption can be finalized and ownership transferred.

Adoption Fees
Adult dogs: $75 and includes testing, deworming, vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter and 30 days of free pet insurance.

Puppies (6 months old and younger): $100 and includes testing, deworming, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter and 30 days of free pet insurance.

Adult cats: $60 and includes testing, deworming, vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter and 30 days of free pet insurance.

Kittens (6 months old and younger): $100 and includes testing, deworming, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter and 30 days of free pet insurance.

Discounted adoption fees available for adopting a pair of cats or dogs.

All pets are spayed/neutered prior to adoption.