Adoptable dogs in Metro Detroit and the organizations that do so

The Oakland County Animal Shelter recently held an adoption special where adoption fees were significantly reduced to help with overcrowding at the shelter. A shelter that usually houses 100 dogs, housed more than 166 before this special adoption in early June. Below I have compiled a list of a few adoptable dogs (randomly chosen to be featured) from different establishments around Metro Detroit along with information about each location.

Animal Friends of Metro Detroit

A non-profit organization in Dearborn dedicated to rescuing, protecting and adopting pets in need. Most of their adoptable dogs are at their new MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption and Education Center in Dearborn. After completing their adoption questionnaire, an adoption specialist will call you and review the application with you. If approved, you will meet the puppy, and if all goes well the adoption can then be finalized. You can find lots of adorable faces on their site, from puppies to adults, designer breeds and mixed breeds, there’s something for you. Here are some of the dogs currently available at Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit:

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Male, 5 years 3 months, Mixed Breed, 86 lbs (Animal Friends of Metro Detroit)


Female, 3 years 2 months, mixed breed, 51 lbs (Animal Friends of Metro Detroit)

Mrs Brownie

Female, 9 years 1 month, mixed breed, 59 lbs (Animal Friends of Metro Detroit)


Female, 3 years 5 months, mixed breed, 54 lbs (Animal Friends of Metro Detroit)


Female, 3 years 6 months, mixed breed, 55 lbs (Animal Friends of Metro Detroit)

Detroit Dog Rescue

Detroit Dog Rescue was founded in 2011 after Detroit refused to allow access to a network television series that allegedly documented the lives of stray dogs trying to survive in an abandoned urban environment. This non-profit organization focuses on raising awareness of the growing epidemic of homelessness and stray dogs in Detroit, as well as promoting humane rescue alternatives such as no-kill housing, placement foster care and adoptions. Detroit Dog Rescue helps between 80 and 120 dogs at any one time. After a thorough application and interview process, you could be the forever home of one of these cuties. Here are some of the dogs currently available for adoption at Detroit Dog Rescue:


Male, 55 lbs., Est. Date of birth: 2021 (Detroit Dog Rescue)


Female, estimated birth date: 2018, German Shepherd, 80 lbs (Detroit Dog Rescue)


Male, Estimated birth date: 2019, Pit mix, 65 lbs (Stephanie Rhoades Hume)


Female, Estimated birth date: 2020, Pit mix, 38 lbs (Detroit Dog Rescue)


Female, Estimated birth date: 2019, Dogo Argentino, 85 lbs (Stephanie Rhoades Hume)

Oakland County Animal Shelter

An establishment that houses and cares for more than 4,000 animals. It has the best savings rate in Michigan among open admission public shelters whose admissions match their numbers. This shelter is also responsible for comprehensive animal control services in 45 communities in Oakland County. They are working to improve the center’s rescue and adoption rates by educating Oakland County citizens and partnering with local rescues to help place more animals into loving homes. Here are some of the dogs currently listed on their adoptable page:

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Male, 5 years 6 months old, Labrador Retriever (Oakland County Animal Shelter)


Male, 3 years old, English bulldog mix, 68.5 lbs (Oakland County Animal Shelter)


Male, 1 year 2 months, boxer and shar-pei mix, 67 lbs (Oakland County Animal Shelter)


Male, 3 years 4 months, pharaoh hound mix, 50 lbs (Oakland County Animal Shelter)


Male, 2 years 3 months old, Siberian Husky mix, 54 lbs (Oakland County Animal Shelter)

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