Adopt A Pet

woman-with-catOur goal for every animal that enters our shelter is adoption into a responsible, permanent, loving home. Our adoption counselors are experienced in understanding typical breed characteristics, evaluating the personality and needs of each animal, and helping to overcome particular behavior or health issues whenever possible.  We strive to interview, educate, and work with potential adopters to ensure each animal is placed into a suitable home for successful adoption.  Last year, we helped over 900 animals find a loving home!

Discover your new best friend here! Search all our adoptable pets>>

We typically have a great variety of adoptable pets available at our shelter.  Before becoming available for adoption, each animal is spayed or neutered (no exceptions), micro-chipped, wormed, and brought up to date with age appropriate vaccines and preventative treatments.   Dogs 6 months and older are heartworm tested and all felines are tested for feline leukemia and FIV.  All dogs receive monthly heartworm preventative while at our shelter.

Cat_in_CageOur staff and volunteers provide great care to keep our adoptable pets happy, healthy, and well-socialized during their stay at our shelter. Come see for yourself — spend time with our adoptable pets in our “family friendly” environment and meet your new forever friend!  Search all our adoptable pets>>

If you’re comparing the cost of adopting from us, consider this…

The average cost to spay/neuter a pet can be $25 to over $250.

The average cost for initial vaccines and micro-chipping can be $75 – $150 or more.

These costs are all INCLUDED in our adoption fee…

Spay/Neuter costs: INCLUDED

Microchip costs: INCLUDED

Up to date vaccination costs: INCLUDED

Support from our knowledgeable staff: INCLUDED

A well socialized, loving companion: PRICELESS!

And, every pet you adopt, opens up space for us to take another one in, so you’re really SAVING TWO LIVES!

Select a Pet and Complete an Application

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When visiting our shelter, our adoption counselors will help answer any questions you may have and guide you to animals that may be a good match. You may spend time with the pet(s) you are interested in adopting. Once you select an animal (or they select you!) you will be required to fill out our adoption application.  One of our adoption counselors will then review your application and conduct an interview to determine if the pet will be a good match.  Our goal is to match animals with the best suitable home, so we strive to be as thorough as possible to serve the best interest of both you and the pet. We reserve the right to refuse adoption of an animal to anyone.

If you are considering adopting a pet, you may want to review and complete our adoption application prior to visiting the shelter so you are prepared with the information required. Even if you do not find your special pet on your first visit, we can review the application with you. If you would like to have your application reviewed prior to visiting the shelter, you may email the form to Pets or FAX it to our shelter at 517-552-8051. Please note it may take 2 to 4 days to approve the application. Please allow at least 48 hours for us to reply after receiving your completed application form.

Process for adopting Kittens!

If you are interested in adopting a kitten (6 months of age or younger), please complete our Kitten Adoption Application and submit in person at our shelter, by fax, or scan/email to pets@humane-livingston.org. We will process your application and contact you to confirm the outcome. Anyone may view our available kittens during public hours at our shelter, however, visitations will be scheduled with approved applicants only. We do not do “same day adoptions” for any of our pets.

Return Policy

We are no longer offering refunds for returns.

ID Tags

All animals leave with ID tags when they are adopted. We ask that you keep this ID tag on your pet after adoption to help us return your pet to you if the pet ever is lost.

woman-yorkiesmaller-216x127Think seriously before adopting. When you bring a new pet into your family, you are committing to care for that animal for the rest of its life – which could be as long as twenty years. It’s not a decision to be made lightly. As much as we want the shelter animals to find homes, it saddens us to see pets being returned to the shelter a few days, weeks, months or even years later because their owners can no longer care for them. So think hard and ask yourself some important questions before making a commitment.

  •  Am I ready for the responsibility of a pet?
  •  Can I afford the costs of owning a pet, including food, supplies, grooming, and both routine and emergency vet care?
  •  Do I have the time to care for a pet, knowing that all pets need love, attention, exercise and training?
  •  Are there restrictions on pets where I currently live?
  •  Is there a possibility of moving somewhere that the pet couldn’t go?
  •  Who will care for my pet when I am away from home?

Our adoption fees help offset, but do not fully cover the cost of evaluation, housing, feeding, and medical care we provide each animal every day until we find homes for them. We rely on donations to subsidize the gap between the cost of care and the adoption fee.

     Our Adoption Fee Includes:
      Spay/neuter surgery
Worming
Dog heartworm test or cat leukemia/FIV test
Age-appropriate vaccines
Microchip
HSLC ID tag w/collar
Bag of food
ALL PRICES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 11, 2017
     Cats

Kittens (6 months of age or younger)

Special: Adopt 2 kittens for $195


$130.00

Adult Cats (over 6 months of age)

Special: Adopt 2 adult cats for $130


$95.00

Senior (8 years and older)   


$60.00

1 adult cat + 1 kitten 

$150.00
      Dogs

Puppies (under 6 months)

$395.00

Adult dogs (over 6 months)

$190.00

Small breed (under 20 pounds)

$375.00

Senior (8 years and older & over 20 pounds)

$130.00

Senior (8 years and older & under 20 pounds)

$150.00

2 adults (over 20 pounds)

$195.00