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Adoption Application

In Consideration of Your Time . . .  

It is Pound Buddies’ general policy that we do not adopt to homes with unaltered pets or pets not current on vet services; however, we will review applications on a case‐by‐case basis.

A Rewarding Relationship, A Serious Responsibility

Pet ownership is a serious responsibility that offers much love and many lasting rewards.  You are not only adopting a pet, you are adding a new family member to your household.  Pound Buddies strives to ensure that each person who adopts a pet is aware of, and willing to, accept that responsibility. The questions in this application are designed to help our staff make sure there is a good match between each animal and its new family.

Our Adoption Procedure

  • Please completely fill out, electronically “sign” and submit this online Application form. 

  • Important Reminder: After submitting your electronic Adoption Application, please call your Veterinarian by the next business day authorizing his / her office to speak with a Pound Buddies’ representative regarding your vet history.  Also, please notify your references that they may receive a call from a Pound Buddies representative.

  • We will review your Application and contact your veterinarian if you have had a pet under a veterinarian’s care in the past.  

  • Upon final adoption approval, you will meet with a Pound Buddies Adoption Counselor, sign an adoption contract, and pay the adoption fee.  You may then take your new family member home at a jointly agreed upon time.

Adoption Application processing typically takes at least FIVE business days.  If you have not heard from us by the sixth business day, please call (231) 724‐6500 and leave a detailed message with your name, your phone number, the name of the desired dog, and the date of the application.

On the sixth business day, you may also e‐mail us at adopt@poundbuddies.org. In the Subject Line, please type, “I am requesting my application status.” In the body of the e‐mail message, please list your name, address, phone, desired animal, and the date of your adoption application.

Tell us how you learned about or met the animal you are interested in Adopting (check all that apply):













Applicant Information
Tell Us About You and Life At Your House
IMPORTANT REMINDER: After submitting your application, please call your Veterinarian by the next business day authorizing his/her office to speak with a Pound Buddies' representative regarding your vet history.  Also, please notify your References so they know they may receive a call from us.
Help Us Find the Best Fit for You, Your Family and Your New Dog

28. Please list three references, including a relative not living with you (Name, Address / City / State / Zip, Phone:

I certify that I have read the adoption questions carefully and that the information in this Application has been answered truthfully. I understand that false information may result in the denial or nullification of this Application. Should an omission or untruth be discovered subsequent to an adoption, Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center reserves all rights to annul the adoption and reclaim the animal.

If for any reason I can no longer keep my adopted dog, I agree to return the animal to Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center or work with Pound Buddies to re-home it.

I give Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center permission to fully investigate the information provided, as well as contact veterinarians and related officials.

I understand that the adoption decision is dependent on many factors, including, but not limited to, the compatibility of the family and home to the individual dog, and other applications received for this specific animal

I understand that it is Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center's sole prerogative to determine the most appropriate home of the animals in its care and that its decision is final. Unless otherwise indicated by Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, I am free to submit an Application and participate in the adoption process at any time in the future.

By typing my FULL NAME below, I understand that I am submitting the electronic equivalent of a handwritten binding signature.

  • Please proof your entries before hitting the "Submit" button.
  • If you receive an error message, please confirm you have answered all of the questions.
  • Your valid e-mail address provides the quickest way for us to contact you.
  • You will receive an e-mail confirmation upon proper completion and submission of your Adoption Application form.

Contact Info

Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center

1300 East Keating Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49442
(231) 724-6500 (phone)
(231) 724-3495 (fax)
e-mail:  info@poundbuddies.org

General Public
Viewing/Visitation Hours 
(to find your new best friend)

Mon., Wed., & Friday:  2 – 7 pm
Tues. & Thurs.: By Appt. Please Call
Saturday:  12 pm – 4 pm
…or by Appointment (please call)

Missing Animal Hours
(to search for your lost dog)

Monday - Friday:  
  8 am – Noon
  2 - 7 pm
  Building CLOSED: M - F, 12 - 2 pm
Saturday:  8 am – 4 pm

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