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Adoption Policies & Fees - Dogs

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Each potential owner will fill out an Adoption Application.  A Pound Buddies counselor will meet with the potential owner to discuss the adopter’s preferences so they can jointly determine which dog is a good match.

As part of the approval process, Pound Buddies may contact the applicant’s references as well as veterinarians who have treated current or previous household pets.

The adoption approval process will take several days. We ask for your patience and understanding as this process strives to create successful matches between the animals in our care and the families that will become their permanent homes.

Adoption Policies

Pound Buddies adopts pets to people who…

  • Are interested in adopting a dog for companionship and can provide the necessary food, shelter, exercise, training and veterinary care for the dog.

  • Are at least 18 years of age.

  • Have the knowledge and consent of all adults in their household.

  • Have a form of valid identification (driver’s license or state ID) with current address.

  • Have the landlord’s name and phone number (or a copy of your lease) if they rent.

  • Can verify they are allowed to have a pet of the preferred breed and size where they currently live.

  • Are adopting pets as members of their household and not solely as outdoor pets or as gifts to be given away outside their household.

  • Will not leave puppies alone and/or unsupervised for longer than guidelines suggest.

  • Will spend up to an hour with an adoption counselor to discuss the responsibility of owning a pet.

  • Will bring all family members, including any resident dogs or children to the shelter for an introduction to the dog they are considering.

  • Have complied with all conditions of previous adoptions, including (but not limited to) spay/neuter contracts and/or commitments.

It is Pound Buddies sole prerogative to determine the most appropriate home for the animals in its care and its decision is final.  Pound Buddies reserves the right to deny adoptions to people who have surrendered their animals in the past.

Adoption Fees

Like many shelters across the country, we use variable adoption pricing.  Some breeds are more popular and easier to adopt. Their higher adoption fees leave a financial legacy for other animals needing extensive medical care or more time to find a forever home.  Dog adoption fees range from $125 – 300 (based upon size, age and breed). Pound Buddies regularly offers discounted adoption fees for select pets.  Your adoption counselor will discuss your final adoption fee with you.  Pound Buddies accepts Cash, Checks or Money Orders for adoptions.  At this time we are unable to accept Debit/Credit cards. 

Adoption fees are non-refundable; however, unusual or extenuating circumstances may be discussed.

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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