Adoption Process

Thank you for considering adopting one of our homeless animals into your home. The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit strive to match the best possible companion pet with every adopter. During this process, we ask potential adopters about their homes, lifestyles, family members, activity levels, and previous experience with pets. This helps ensure successful placement of a pet in their new forever home. We do our best to update our Adoptables information as frequently as we can. If you’re interested in a specific pet, we recommend that you call the shelter and ask if they’re still available. Adoption applications are processed in the order that they come in.

The process for adopting your pet is easy! Just follow the steps below.

How to Adopt a Cat or Dog

Step 1 – Find an Animal to Adopt
View our Adoptables to select the one or ones you might be interested in.

Step 2 – Fill Out an Application
While you’re searching for the perfect pet to adopt, we can prequalify your adoption application to avoid any delays in the adoption process. Complete and submit our Adoption Application, even if you have not yet selected your new family member.

Step 3 – Meet the Animal You Want to Adopt
Visit the shelter (16121 Reckinger Road, Dearborn, MI 48126) to meet with the pet(s) you are considering. There are adoption counselors at the shelter who will facilitate a “get acquainted” meet-and-greet. They can also answer any questions you may have about the history and behavior of an animal.  We are there to help!

Step 4 – Complete Your Adoption
If the meeting goes well and both the shelter and you agree that this is the right pet, some additional checking of your application will take place. Again, we want this to be a successful adoption for you and the pet, so this “checking” is to ensure a long-lasting friendship. Next we complete the Adoption Agreement, which asks you to agree to certain things for the ongoing care of your future family member and pay our very affordable adoption fee. Now it’s time to enjoy your new family member! See post adoption tips and recommendations.

Adopt a Dog
Begin the adoption process
Click the blue Adopt A Dog button below to use our online adoption process for fast and personalized service, or Download the Dog Application.


Adopt a Cat
Begin the adoption process
Click the blue Adopt a Cat button below to use our online adoption process for fast and personalized service or Download the Cat Application.



Please note: If not submitting your application online, download and submit your completed application by fax at 313-943-2262, or scan and send it back in as either a pdf image or a high-res jpg via e-mail to [email protected].

We thank adoption websites Petfinder and Adoptapet for helping us showcase our wonderful adoptables to the world… virtually.  As a result, we have had people travel  hundreds of miles to give one of our furry friends a forever home.


The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise much-needed funds! When you buy select pet products at and enter the code “ADOPT” at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to the Friends.