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​​​.

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Featured Pets

Handsome Hanson is an curious, energetic and cuddly boy! He can be shy at first with new people, but he warms up quickly and loves giving hugs and sitting in laps. He knows his name and to sit very patiently for his food during meal time. He LOVES peanut butter and is very food motivated, so it will be easy to teach him new tricks! He has a ton of energy and loves prancing around the yard like a dressage horse, but also loves sacking out with you on the couch. He'll play tug of war and fetch, though he hasn't worked out bringing the ball back yet. Hanson hasn't been dog/cat/child tested yet, but he has a very even temper, and the best way to see if he'll get along with your pets or children is to do a proper introduction and fall in love with his soulful eyes!


Adoption fee: $80. 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 Hanson, 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
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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.

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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.

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It's our annual Spring 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!

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Join us Saturday, June 11 for a family-friendly event of adoptable pets, giveaways, Dog Day in the Park-themed fun, food trucks, live music, face painting and other pet-friendly activities. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Meadow Brook on the campus of Oakland University.

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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