Paws for Life Rescue is a nonprofit, all-breed dog and cat rescue operating in southeast Michigan. Run by dedicated, hardworking volunteers, Paws for Life is a shelter partner. We rescue dogs and cats from overflowing shelters in Michigan, saving two lives - the one we take and the one that needs the empty kennel space we left behind. 

Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves​​​.

Image by Bharathi Kannan
Image by Bharathi Kannan

press to zoom
Image by Raul Varzar
Image by Raul Varzar

press to zoom
Image by Bharathi Kannan
Image by Bharathi Kannan

press to zoom
Featured Pets

Hello, my name is Hammy and I'm in love with you already. I am a super friendly, loving, fun and fun-loving, neutered male dog. I am the best, everyone says so. And, fabulous news, I come with a Scrat. We are two peas in a pod, the dynamic duo, inseparable in all things. We sleep together, play together, lounge together and I am truly Scrat's emotional support buddy. He needs me. I give him confidence and show him that the world isn't such a scary place. There are wonderful, loving people out there and I'm going to prove it to him. Scrat is friendly and loves humans, too. He just needs a little more time than I do to warm up to new people and new places. Scrat is smaller than me. We are both housetrained and we are good dogs. Right now, we are living in a boarding kennel and it's pretty hard on us. So, even if you can't give us a forever home, maybe you could give us a temporary home. The rescue will provide everything we need, from all our supplies to all of our medical care. Please apply today and prepare to fall in love! 


Adopt the pair: $120. Fee includes testing, deworming, vaccinations, spay/neuter, 30 days of free pet insurance, one session with a certified behavior trainer and microchip. If you want to adopt or foster Hammy and Scrat, just fill out an application.


Big chunk of love coming in hot! Hi guys, my name is Schwin! I am 20 pounds of handsome. I'm a 3-year-old, shorthaired, neutered male cat who is in search of a forever home. I'm large and in charge and hoping to find someone who can help me lose a little bit of weight.


While I have rolls for days and the house sounds like an earthquake when I walk, for the sake of my health, I really have to lose some weight. I am a super sweet boy once you get to know me. I love to be petted and loved on all day long. I am FIV+, but don't let those three little letters scare you - I'm perfectly healthy in every way (other than being chunky).


Could you be my new best friend?   


Adoption fee: $75. Fee includes testing, deworming, vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip and 30 days of free pet insurance. If you want to adopt or foster me, just fill out an application!

Upcoming Events
RH Petco second Sat.jpg

Visit our adoption event at PetPeople in Rochester Hills on the second Saturday each month from noon to 3 p.m.

Please note that we are not able to bring every animal to every event.

BH PetPeople 4th Sat.jpg

Visit our adoption event at PetPeople in Bloomfield Hills on the fourth Saturday each month from noon to 3 p.m. No event in December 2021.

Please note that we are not able to bring every animal to every event.

2022 summer supply drive.jpg

It's our annual Summer Supply Drive! Choose from our Wish List and drop off the items at one of our adoption events or order from our Amazon Smile lists to have items shipped directly to us!


Join us Saturday, July 30 at 1 p.m. for an hour of Kitten Yoga at White Lotus in Washington, Michigan. Proceeds benefit the homeless pets of Paws for Life Rescue. All ages welcome. $30 per person. Register online. Check back for August and September dates. 

RH Petco August Super Pets 2022.jpg

Join us for the Super Pets adoption event, Saturday, August 13 between noon and 3 p.m. at Petco, 2675 S Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, to meet our adorable Super Pets and receive free movie tickets to see Warner Bros. new film DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS.  


Stop by the Hound Hike adoption event for pet training demos and nature walks, Saturday, October 1 from noon - 4 p.m. at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Cir, Rochester Hills. Meet adoptable pets, take a walk with them, visit the pop-up shop and learn all about positive reinforcement training.


Get a jump on holiday shopping at the Dog Days free, indoor, arts & crafts sale, Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, Lansing. Paws for Life's booth with include dog and cat holiday ornaments, dog beds, Minky blankets and more!

Check out our events page for additional upcoming events.

Make a Donation to Support Homeless Pets

Donations from generous people like you allow us to save lives.


We have no paid staff and we receive no government support.

Every penny donated goes directly to the animals in our care. 


All donations are tax-deductible. 

Get the Latest from Paws for Life

Sign up for our Newsletter

Thank you for supporting Paws for Life!

Follow Us on Social Media

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
Our Accreditations