Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption

A 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization

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Upcoming Adoption Events and Fundraisers

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BUNCO Fundraiser and Adoption Event: Sunday, December 7, Rochester Eagles, 650 Woodward, Rochester
Registration opens at 4 p.m. Games start at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. We will have food, raffle table, 50/50, adoptable pets, Scentsy sale and more! The bar will be open for drink purchases too. If you haven't played BUNCO, which is a very simple and super fun dice game, you haven't lived! It won't take you but a moment to learn the game and away we go, laughing, playing and raising money for the homeless pets of Paws for Life. See you December 7th in Rochester!

Fund & Supply Drive: now through November 26, Metro North Federal Credit Union, 4594 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford
Help Paws for Life Animal Rescue collect needed funds and supplies for the homeless pets in our care, just in time for the holidays. Starting Monday, October 27th and ending Wednesday, November 26th, just bring donated items or funds to Metro North Federal Credit Union located at 4594 Pontiac Lake Rd in Waterford during regular business hours. All donations are tax deductible.


Adoption Event: every third Saturday in 2015, PetPeople, 6520 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills
From noon to 4 p.m., Paws for Life will host an adoption event at PetPeople in Bloomfield Hills. Adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens (as available) will be there for you to meet and fall in love. Adoption fees range: $60-$100 and include testing, deworming, vaccinations, microchip, 30 days of FREE pet insurance and spay/neuter. Adoption event dates for 2015: January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19.

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Animals Available for Adoption: YouTube Playlist

Dog of the Month ...


Hi! My name is Whoopie! I am part polar bear and part Australian cattle dog. Just look at this face! Irresistible! I'm a spayed female herding dog. Herding and protection are my instinctual duties and I take it seriously. So if a group of kids were in my yard with me, I would herd them around where I need them to be. So because I am so very, very smart, I need activities and jobs to do. I need someone who will spend time with me, teach me all the great things that every dog should know and provide me with routine and leadership. I thrive in that environment. If someone doesn't take the lead, I will try to step up and run the show. When I am in a routine and someone is my confident leader, I am a happy girl. I like to take walks and car rides. I enjoy being with people and getting attention. I am mellow and calm, very quiet and independent. Please give me a chance to be your newest family member. You'll be so glad you did! Adoption fee: $75 and includes testing, deworming, vaccinations and spay. Apply online today! Please email if you have any questions.

Cat of the Month ...


Hi! My name is Zoe! I came to the rescue as a lost pregnant cat in need of help. I had my babies, took wonderful care of them and now they've all grown and found homes of their own. It's my turn! I'm loving and friendly with kids and adults. I'm not too sure about other cats though. It could be cause I was pregnant, then I was caring for my kittens, and now I just don't want to be bothered by other kitties. One of my favorite things to do is perch on the window ledge in the living room and chirp at the birds and squirrels - entertainment for hours. I like being petted and spending time with people. Will you please give me a home of my own? I'm spayed, vaccinated and ready to go. Adoption fee: $60. Apply online today! Please email if you have any questions.


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Register your Kroger Plus card at and choose Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption in Troy, Mich., to benefit from your Kroger purchases. Our organization number is 90657. By linking your Kroger Card to Paws for Life, from every dollar you spend, Kroger graciously donates a portion of your purchase to Paws for Life!


Mail your VG's Grocery receipts to Paws for Life, 318 John R Rd. #244, Troy, MI 48083. A portion of your purchase will be donated to Paws for Life by VG's.

Speed Dating Events for Busy Single Professionals

What a fun way to raise money for homeless pets, and find a new main squeeze at the same time! You save $5 with promo code: PFLfive AND $5 will be donated to Paws for Life Rescue. Check out Pre-Dating Speed Dating Events for Busy Single Professionals. Go on a series of 6-minute dates in one fun night. It's a great alternative to the bar scene. No pressure … Just great fun! Register at / 248-660-9269 /

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Shop using, an online shopping mall that donates up to 38% of each purchase to your favorite cause, aka Paws for Life Rescue! Hundreds of great stores, including Café Press, Zazzle, Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, eBay, Macy's, Barnes & Noble and so many more have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you'll support your favorite cause without spending an extra dime. Register on by simply searching for 'Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption' and selecting the Troy, MI location.

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Scentsy is kid-safe, pet-safe flameless fragrance for your home, car or office. Soft, food-based wax is melted from the heat of a small lightbulb, releasing the natural oils into the air - no flame, no fire, no soot. All of our proceeds benefit the homeless pets of Paws for Life. More than 87 scents to choose from, as well as one-of-a-kind, hand-painted warmers. Host a Scentsy party to earn free and half-priced product. Email for more information.

Check out these fun animal welfare shirts - short-sleeve, long-sleeve, sweatshirts and hoodies! Buy one and $5 per shirt will be donated to Paws for Life and the homeless pets in our care. Choose from designs, such as "RESCUED! Is My Favorite Breed," "Not Just Pets ... They're Family" and "Balls are for playing fetch."

Cat Power Tower

The Cat Power Tower will donate a portion of every sale to Paws for Life if you purchase a product and enter our Coupon Code, which is PFL. Save $50 off the purchase price of the 3-tier Cat Power Tower and they'll donate $50 to PFL in your name. Check out their great products at

Paws for Life Merchandise Shops

Shop for Paws for Life T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, dog T-shirts and more! We now have two stores - Cafe Press and Zazzle. At Zazzle, choose a product and you can then choose any style, color and size of that design on any product - T-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie, tank top and much more. Zazzle even sells real U.S. postage stamps and our store offers them for sale with the Paws for Life logo and Web address. At Cafe Press, choose from nearly 100 products.

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Wish List

- Scoopable cat litter (Fresh Step Scoopable)
- Adult cat dry food (grain-free foods, Chicken Soup for Cat Lover's Soul, Wellness)
- Kitten dry food (grain-free foods, Chicken Soup for Kitten Lover's Soul, Wellness)
- Adult dog dry food (grain-free foods, Taste of the Wild, Chicken Soup for Dog Lover's Soul, Wellness, Blue Buffalo)
- Puppy dry food (grain-free foods, Taste of the Wild, Chicken Soup for Puppy Lover's Soul, Wellness, Blue Buffalo)
- Dog cages, crates, carriers
- Canned cat and kitten food
- Cat scratching posts, cat towers, cat condos
- Dog and cat collars, leashes
- Dog and cat beds
- Dog and cat toys
- Litter boxes
- Heartworm medication
- Flea prevention drops
- Gas cards

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Paws for Life is always looking for loving, responsible foster care homes. Providing a temporary home for a pet in need is extremely rewarding. You save an animal's life, and in return, receive unconditional love while the pet waits for his forever family. If you're interested in fostering a dog or cat, please apply at or email .

If fostering a pet isn't for you, there are still many ways to help the animals. You can help at adoption events and fundraisers. Send thank you notes to donors. Transport animals to and from vet appointments. Apply at or shoot us an email with what you're interested in and we'll add you to the volunteer roster. Choose as many volunteer areas as you want. Team descriptions below.

Roles and Responsibilities of Volunteer Teams:

(If a team below is in red, it means the coordinator position is currently available and needs to be filled as well. Please apply!)

Adoptions: under the leadership and direction of the Adoptions Coordinator, team responsibilities include review incoming applications, interview the applicant, conduct vet checks, conduct home checks, schedule the meet-n-greets, conduct the meet-n-greet with applicant and animal, review adoption packets with applicant, keep track of received applications that don't immediately have a matched animal, contact those applicants when an animal comes in that does match, pick up applications left at the store where our cats reside, etc.
Adoption Events: under the leadership and direction of the Event Coordinator, team responsibilities include: set-up or tear down of events (tables, chairs, signage, cages, etc.), general clean-up during event to ensure table surfaces are clean, dogs are walked, cat cages are clean, signage is placed, etc.
Cat Behavior: under the leadership and direction of the Cat Behavior Coordinator, team responsibilities include: respond to foster care volunteers and adopters who are having behavior problems with cats and/or kittens, provide resources such as behavior helpline numbers as needed, gather training/behavior information for fosters and adopters to help with behavior issues, schedule volunteer trainers to work with fosters or adopters experiencing behavior problems, etc.
Dog Behavior: under the leadership and direction of the Dog Behavior Coordinator, team responsibilities include: research area obedience classes that use positive reinforcement, gather training/behavior information for fosters and adopters to help with behavior issues, schedule volunteer trainers to work with fosters or adopters experiencing behavior problems, temperament test incoming animals, etc.
Dog Walkers:under the leadership and direction of the Dog Walking Coordinator, team responsibilities include signing up for dog walking shifts on the online calendar, taking the kenneled dogs for a walk, spending time playing, socializing and training the dogs, reporting any issues, problems or concerns you encounter.
Follow-Up: under the leadership and direction of the Follow-up Coordinator, team responsibilities include: contact recent adopters 3-4 days into trial run to see how it’s going and if they need anything, remind adopters in trial period who have not sent in contract after two weeks without extension request to please mail in contract, help with follow-up communication and home visits for contracts, fees and spay/neuter, as needed. Send b-day and anniversary e-cards or via U.S. mail for adopted animals. Work with Medical Coordinator to remind adopters of medical due for one year after adoption.
Food: under the leadership of the Food Coordinator, team responsibilities include making and baking food for events and volunteer meetings, as needed.
Foster Care: under the leadership and direction of the Foster Care Coordinator, team responsibilities include: provide a home and care for an animal in need, communicate with Coordinator when supplies or medical care is needed, follow foster care rules and guidelines. Treat the animal as if it's your own until a permanent home is located. Rescue provides supplies and medical care.
Fundraising: under the leadership and direction of the Fundraising Coordinator, team responsibilities include: help coordinate, schedule and plan fundraising events. Coordinate dates, location and event ideas. Work with the Inventory Coordinator to arrange needed supplies for each event. Work with Transport Coordinator to arrange transportation needs. Work with PR Coordinator to advertise and promote events. Mail handwritten thank you notes to donors. Coordinate the donation canister program. Research event and fundraising ideas.
In-store Cats: under the leadership and direction of the In-store Cat Coordinator, team responsibilities include: sign-up for shifts at the store on the online calendar, clean, feed and socialize with cats during your shift, pick-up, scan and email completed applications left at the store, train new volunteers, help create and place signage for the cats, keep storage area clean and organized, help with laundry, monitor supplies. NOTE: our store is closed and we are in the process of finding a new one. We hope this volunteer opportunity will be available again soon.
Inventory: under the leadership and direction of the Inventory Coordinator, team responsibilities include: maintain and organize the storage units and supplies for events. Keep track of supplies by numbering and entering into online spreadsheet. Maintain detailed, current records of where each item is, such as in storage unit, at Petco or with specific volunteer. Items include PFL ID tags, PFL shirts, crates, cages, carriers, scratching posts, cat condos, litter boxes, leashes, collars, food, litter, etc. Reorder supplies as needed.
Lost Pet Reunification: under the leadership and direction of the Lost Pet Reunification Coordinator, team responsibilities include developing and maintaining a program to help owners locate their lost pets through providing resources and advice and educating them on lost pet prevention for the future.
Medical: under the leadership and direction of the Medical Coordinator, team responsibilities include: track which animals need medical care. Help make vet appointments and coordinate transportation to and from appointment. Provide copies of records to foster care volunteer, especially rabies certificates. Help coordinate that every dog in foster care more than 29 days is licensed with the local city clerk’s office and wearing both the rabies tag and PFL pet ID tag. Work with Follow-up Coordinator to contact adopters when their animal is due for medical for one year after adoption or until major medical is resolved.
Online Stores and Internet: under the leadership and direction of the Online Coordinator, team responsibilities include: help manage Google accounts for email and domain names, create and design store merchandise, help manage online stores, help create and launch new Web site.
Paperwork: under the leadership and direction of the Paperwork Coordinator, team responsibilities include: help track supply of all paperwork, put together adoption packets, pick-up completed printing, help update and print animal bios for adoption books and cages, print and tape copy of which animals will be at event to front table, help keep Adoption Paperwork Bin stocked and organized.
Photography: under the leadership and direction of the Photography Coordinator, team responsibilities include: photographing animals, providing those photos to managing director, help find and arrange professional photo shoots, copy photo CDs for adopters, shoot video of animals, provide video to managing director.
PR and Marketing: under the leadership and direction of the PR and Marketing Coordinator, team responsibilities include: promote and publicize upcoming events, write and pitch press releases, schedule interviews for PR spokesperson, research and post events and fundraisers to online calendars and event listings, work with animal sponsors to promote a specific animal in need to find a permanent home, create fliers, write bios for incoming animals, promote animals and the organization in creative ways.
Recruitment: under the leadership and direction of the Recruitment Coordinator, team responsibilities include: find any means possible to recruit additional volunteers based on current needs. Help provide and review applications. Interview applicants and enter contact info into online spreadsheets. Provide and review policy manuals, volunteer contract and waiver. Receive and file waivers.
Recognition and Retention: under the leadership and direction of the Recognition Coordinator, team responsibilities include brainstorming creative ways to thank and reward volunteers, tracking volunteer hours and education credits, sending birthday and anniversary e-cards, etc.
Scentsy: under the leadership and direction of the Scentsy Coordinator, team responsibilities include running the Scentsy program, such as hosting or coordinating parties, recruiting others to host parties or basket parties, running the booth at events or tradeshows.
Surrender Prevention: under the leadership and direction of the Surrender Prevention Coordinator, team responsibilities include developing and administering programs to reduce pet surrenders and to keep pets and families together, such as answering and responding to email and phone hotlines with resources related to behavior problems, moving, allergies, pet food banks and more. Handbook of resources is provided.
TNR: under the leadership and direction of the TNR Coordinator, team responsibilities include serve on the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program as a PFL representative, help socialize, evaluate the progress and work with "feral cats," help arrange medical care and transportation, help find housing for "feral cats" based on socialization versus recovery options. Help find placement depending on the progress of each cat.
Transport: under the leadership and direction of the Transport Coordinator, team responsibilities include transporting supplies or an animal from Point A to Point B, including driving animals to and from vet appointments, adoption events, meet-n-greets, foster care, pick-up from shelters, etc.
Volunteer Training: under the leadership of the Training Coordinator, team responsibilities include researching and scheduling available training opportunities, such as web seminars, workshops, conferences, etc., for volunteers to take advantage of and improve their skills and knowledge base.

Who We Are

Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption (PFL) is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt, not-for-profit animal welfare organization run by a group of hard-working, dedicated volunteers. PFL is an Adoption Guarantee organization that rescues homeless, neglected, abused and abandoned dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from overflowing shelters, based on pre-established collaborative agreements. PFL does not believe that time or money are acceptable reasons to end a life, ever. PFL uses a network of loving foster care homes where animals stay until their forever homes are found. PFL’s goal is to find the best homes possible for the homeless pets in our care. PFL operates under the philosophy of do no harm.

The organization focuses on humane legislation and education initiatives to permanently improve the lives, safety and future of companion animals in Michigan and surrounding areas. PFL has no paid staff and receives no government support. Every penny donated goes directly to the animals in our care, paying vet bills and purchasing needed supplies. In addition to rescue, PFL devotes resources to numerous local and national humane campaigns, such as End Dogfighting, Feral Cat TNR and Eliminating Puppy Mills, as well as participation in community and national Disaster Animal Response Teams.

Mission Statement

Paws for Life’s mission is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves; to rescue and rehome abandoned pets, matching animals and families to find the right fit for everyone and promising to exhaust all efforts to place adoptable pets in lifelong, loving homes; to promote humane education, spay/neuter initiatives and respect for all living things; to prevent and report cruelty to animals; to participate in disaster animal response; to improve the lives of animals and end the suffering created by puppy mills, animal fighters and backyard breeders; and to be a driving force, leader and champion for animal welfare in Michigan.

History of Paws for Life

Founded in November 2007, Paws for Life started as a small group of volunteers who wanted to do more for homeless pets. As more people joined the team, the organization grew to what it is today, caring for approximately 150 animals at a time. The core founders of PFL are still active members, leading a team of 30-50 active volunteers.

Goals of Paws for Life

Adopt a Friend

To adopt a pet from Paws for Life, you must be at least 18 years old and be able and willing to provide a lifelong, loving home to your new pet. Dogs and cats are indoor animals and should not live outside. Cats should not be declawed and dogs should not be debarked. All we ask is that your new pet be treated at all times like a treasured member of the family.

Paws for Life believes that every animal needs adjustment time to get to know their new environment, routine and people. We require a mandatory, minimum two-week adjustment period before the adoption can be finalized and ownership transferred.

Adoption Fees:

Adult dogs: $75 and includes testing, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming and spay/neuter

Puppies (6 months old and younger): $100 and includes testing, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming and spay/neuter

Adult cats: $60 and includes testing, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming and spay/neuter

Kittens (6 months old and younger): $100 (includes testing, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming and spay/neuter)

Discounted adoption fees available for adopting a pair of cats or dogs.

All pets are spayed/neutered prior to adoption. Fees include testing, deworming, age-appropriate vaccinations and neuter. Most dogs and all puppies are also microchipped.

Upcoming Events
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Parkway Veterinary Clinic
Parkway Small Animal & Exotic Hospital, 39321 Garfield, Clinton Twp MI 48038, 586-416-8800
Mon, Wed & Fri: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. / Tues & Thurs: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. / Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Sun: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Animal Activity Center, 39319 Garfield, Clinton Twp MI 48038, 586-412-3900
Mon-Fri 6:30 am – 7 pm / Sat 8am- 5pm / Sun 10 am- 12pm

The Animal Lodge
Pet boarding, grooming and day camp available at affordable rates. Located at 5700 S. County Farm Rd., St. Johns, MI 48879. Open Mon. thru Sat. from 8-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. and Sun. from 4-6 p.m. Contact The Animal Lodge at or call 989-227-1600.

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318 John R Rd. #244
Troy, MI 48083
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