MHS Adoption Process

MHS Adoption Process

Thank you for your interest in adopting a pet from the Michigan Humane Society!  Please review the adoption process below. Somebody Here Needs You.


Adopters must be 18 years or older.


Meet our adoptable pets.
Browse our adoptable pets online, or visit an MHS adoption center in Detroit, Rochester Hills or Westland, or a PetSmart offsite cat/kitten adoption partner location in Dearborn, Rochester Hills, Roseville or Taylor. For pets listed online, you may call the adoption center directly for more information.

What to bring with you:

  • Driver’s license (or State of Michigan ID card) with current address.
  • Veterinary records for any current pets or pets owned in the last five (5) years or provide vet's phone number.
  • All members of your household: MHS prefers (and in some cases requires) that all members of the household meet and are comfortable with the pet.
  • Any canine family members: MHS prefers (and in some cases requires) dog-to-dog meetings between your current dog(s) and potential new canine family members.

Meet with an adoption counselor.
Our trained adoption counselors will meet with you to ensure the pet is a good fit for your home, family and lifestyle. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have. Then, you can spend time with the animal or animals you are interested in.


Complete the adoption. 
Please allow an hour or more for the adoption process. Save time by downloading a Preliminary Adoption Form online.


Ask about our valuable adoption package and convenient additional services that are available such as microchip implantation for dogs ($10 discount at time of adoption) and feline leukemia testing for cats (only $15 at time of adoption). 

Payment types accepted: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Once the adoption process is completed, a dog, cat or rabbit who is already spayed or neutered will go home with you the same day. Otherwise, the pet will be sterilized (normally scheduled for the next non-holiday weekday) at our on-site veterinary center before going home.

Helpful Adoption Links
> Adoption Centers
> Dearborn Off-site
> Rochester Hills
> Rochester Hills Off-site
> Roseville Off-site
> Sterling Heights Off-site
> Taylor Off-site
> Westland
> Locations and Hours
> Pre-Adoption Forms
> Adoption Fees
> Pet Supplies

Out of state adoptions: The Michigan Humane Society will adopt to out of state residents who travel to our adoption centers to complete the adoption process, including the spaying and neutering of intact animals. Please call the adoption center in advance for information on our hold policy.  For health and safety reasons, we are not able to ship animals.


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The Michigan Humane Society is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to The Michigan Humane Society are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. MHS's tax identification number is 38-1358206. Somebody Here Needs You.

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