Dearborn Animal Shelter

Dearborn, Michigan

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About Dearborn Animal Shelter

Dearborn Animal Shelter in Dearborn, Michigan is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and protection of animals in their community while inspiring healthy relationships between people and their companion animals. They take in strays and owner surrenders from the City of Dearborn in Wayne County and adopt pets to families all over metro Detroit, out of state, and even Canada.

The organization has one main location and three satellite locations:

  • MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption and Education Center: 16121 Reckinger Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126
  • PetSmart, Dearborn: 5650 Mercury Dr, Dearborn, MI 48126
  • PetSmart, Taylor: 23271 Eureka Rd, Taylor, MI 48180
  • Pet Supplies Plus, Dearborn: 2621 S Telegraph Rd, Dearborn, MI 48124

As animal advocates, they're committed to protecting well-being of all animals in the Dearborn community through several important programs and services:

  • Rescuing all adoptable animals
  • Providing high-quality animal care and adoption services
  • Delivering innovative outreach programs and activities that promote education
  • Promoting animal welfare legislation
  • Embracing environmental responsibility with earth-friendly practices and facilities
  • Offering low-cost sterilization vouchers for cats and bully breeds through participating local vets

Considering adoption from Dearborn Animal Shelter? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

2661 Greenfield Rd
(313) 943-2077

Hours of Operation

Mon: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Adoption Process

Sometimes you don't know true love until it licks you in the face!

If you're thinking about adopting a lucky animal from Dearborn Animal Shelter, here's how it works:

  1. View the adoptable pets on either their website or PetFinder. If you see a dog or cat that catches your eye and steals your heart, click on their photo to learn more.
  2. Complete an adoption questionnaire. This allows you to pre-qualify while you're searching for the perfect pet to adopt and avoids any delays in the adoption process. Questionnaires can be completed at the shelter, or you can fill one out online. You can find links to them below.
  3. Once submitted, an adoption specialist will contact you to go over your questionnaire. If you're approved, they'll set up an adoption appointment. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about the history and behavior of an animal at their facility.
  4. Meet the furrball you have your eye on. Remember to include any current dogs in the process. For whatever reason, some dogs simply don't like each other, and it's best to know this before finalizing the paperwork and bringing the new animal home.
  5. If all goes well, you can complete the adoption by finalizing the paperwork and paying the adoption fee.

Adoption questionnaires for Dearborn Animal Shelter can be found below:

  • Adoption Questionnaire - Dogs
  • Adoption Questionnaire - Cats

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Dearborn Animal Shelter are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 5 months): $275
  • Adults, small breed (6+ months, up to 20 lb): $275
  • Adults, large breed (6+ months, 20+ lbs): $170
  • Seniors, small breed (10+ years, up to 20 lbs): $100
  • Seniors, large breed (8+ years, 21+ lbs): $100
  • Heritage Dogs (purebred, high demand): $400

Your dog adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, a collar and leash, and heartworm testing for dogs 6+ months old.


  • Kittens (up to 5 months at main facility): $70
  • Kittens (up to 5 months at a satellite location): $90*
  • Adults (6+ months at main facility): $45
  • Adults (6+ months at a satellite location): $65*
  • Seniors (8+ years at all locations): $20*

Your cat adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, and a cat carrier and comforter.

*If you're adopting a cat or kitten, it's strongly recommended that they're tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), especially if you already have other cats at home. The tests are $20 at the time of adoption. Cats that are available for adoption at satellite locations have been tested for these viruses, and the cost is included in their adoption fee.


  • Lonely Hearts: $75 for dogs, $15 for cats. These are dogs and cats who have been waiting patiently for their forever homes for far too long. Give them a chance to win your heart!
  • Veterans: 50% off adult dog adoption fees, $5 adult cat adoption fees. Provide your military ID, DD 214, VA ID card, or veteran endorsement on your drivers license.

Loveables: $100. These are exceptional dogs that are "diamonds in the rough." They may never have felt the love of a human or lived on the end of a chain and never experienced living in a home. As a result, these dogs need more patience, compassion, and understanding to help them shine. With a little extra TLC, these deserving dogs give back more than is humanly possible. (Because, you know, they aren't humans.)

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Dearborn Animal Shelter
directly using the contact info above.

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