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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​​​.


Meet the most loving, grateful cat ever. Gertie was the victim of neglect, abandoned in a taped-up cardboard box outside. She was naked, without any fur. Her skin was covered in urine burns. She had urine scald on her paws and legs. All from having fleas and not being treated for them. Although she's perfectly healthy now, she walks with a wobble, most likely from being kept confined in a very small space and from having all four paws declawed. Her wobble does not effect her though. She's not in pain and she's able to jump, climb and do stairs without issue.


This sweetheart, who loves every person she meets, is so incredibly deserving of a lifelong, loving home. Please give her a chance to steal your heart. It won't take more than a few seconds. She is litterbox trained and would love to find a home where she can soak up all the love and attention.


Apply today! Adoption fee: $75. Adopt a pair: $115. Fee includes testing, deworming, vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip and 30 days of free pet insurance.



Hi there, friends! My name is Simon and I am ready to fill your home with laughter, smiles, happiness and all things joy. I weigh about 65 lbs and I was born in January 2022. I love people. I love spending time with people. There are so many things we can do together. We can play with toys. We can take walks in the neighborhood or around the park. We can learn and train, because I'm smart, I work hard for treats and I enjoy learning new things. We can cuddle and snuggle, I am really good at it too. We can watch movies together. You can read a book to me. We can dance to your favorite song or just lounge and listen to the rain. I'm all about you and anything you want to do. I am a fairly easy-going guy, but I'm not used to being alone at home. I’m a GREAT work-from-home colleague. I get along well with other dogs of all sizes. I am naturally happy, it's my default state. All I need now is someone to love for life. I hope you apply today! You'll be so glad you did!    


Adoption fee: $80. Fee includes testing, deworming, vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip and 30 days of free pet insurance. If you want to adopt Archie, just fill out an application!

Virtual Events

Thirty-One Bags & Totes Fundraiser

Thirty-One bags and totes is partnering with Paws for Life Rescue for a 25% donation on all sales until November 18. Order gifts for loved ones and treat yourself to something fun while supporting homeless pets.


Shop now.

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See's Candies Fundraiser

Attention all chocolate lovers! Support a great cause by purchasing delicious holiday chocolates from See’s Candies by December 15. Every purchase helps our furry friends in need. Your sweet tooth will thank you and so will the homeless pets of Paws for Life Rescue. Orders begin shipping November 10 to all U.S. residents.


Amaryllis & Paperwhites Holiday Flower Fundraiser


Check out our virtual holiday flower sale of various types of 
Amaryllis, r
unning now through December 15, 2023. Orders ship in mid November. 
Paws for Life earns 50% of the proceeds.

In-person Events
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Join us on Saturday, Nov. 25 at The Office Coffee Shop in Royal Oak for a blow-out shopping event. Play the raffles and get in on the sale specials, from pet beds to kids books, Detroit Pride T-shirts to dog toys. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Visit our adoption event at Petco 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.

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

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

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. 

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