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

Hello guys! My name is Jeb! I am a young, energetic, playful boy who is about 2 years old. I have the most contagious smile and a personality to match. I am happy, friendly, upbeat and full of life. Some of my favorite things in life are taking walks, rolling in the grass, spending time with people, car rides, butt scritches and playing with toys.


I love treats and when people toss them to me, they bounce off my forehead. So, could you teach me how to catch? I promise we'll have lots of fun together if you give me a chance to join your family.


I am housetrained and I'm smart. I know "sit" and "lay down." I am ready to go. Please apply today!


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 Jeb or any dog from Paws for Life, just fill out an application.


A very special girl named Bran is looking for a very special home!

See, Bran doesn't know that she's special. She is confident, full of life and absolutely sure that she's no different than the other cats. She plays. She climbs. She cuddles. She eats like a champ. Please help us find the best possible home for sweet little Bran. Here is her story ...

Hi, friends! My name is Bran and I'm a super special girl who was born on May 1, 2021. The rescue isn't quite sure what happened to me before I came to them, but when they got me they found I have some mobility issues that cause me to wobble when I walk. I don't have control of when I go to the bathroom either, but I do very well in my diapers. I can tell you that it doesn't bother me one bit, and the volunteers describe me as confident, fearless and sassy. I am always running around with my foster siblings and I enjoy a good wrestling match.


While I can walk, sometimes I get tired and drag my back legs, but I still go up and down stairs, scale cat towers and go wherever I want to go. My care is a little different than other cats, but it's pretty easy and I (aka my foster mom) can walk you through it. On the plus side, you'll never have to clean a litterbox for me. I promise if you take me home, I will have you laughing in no time with my silly antics and we can enjoy so many good snuggles together. Please give me a chance. I have lived with cats and dogs before and would love to be in a multi-animal household!



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 Bran, just fill out an application!

Upcoming Events
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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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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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It's our annual Fall 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!


Stop by the Hike With Our Hounds  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.


Enjoy an afternoon of Puppies & Pints, Saturday, October 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at Urbanrest Brewing, 2615 Wolcott, Ferndale. Meet adoptable pets and help raise funds for homeless pets. PFL has no paid staff so every penny we raise goes directly to the animals in our care.


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. 

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