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Frequently Asked Questions at Almost Home


What fees are associated with adopting a pet?


$425 – Small Dogs

$150 – $200 Senior Dogs (10 + years)

$375 – $425 – Large Dogs (case-by-case basis)

$450 – Puppies (under a year)

* $50 refund after spay or neuter (Small and Large dogs)


$200 – Adult cats

$250 – Kittens

Note: You must be at least 23 years of age and live in the State of Michigan to adopt from Almost Home.
Please find more information about the adoption process here and view our Adoptable Pets.


What essential items do I need to care for my new pet?
  • Food and Water Bowls
  • Food (if your dog was fostered, check with the foster about continuing the same food)
  • Collar
  • Four to Six-foot leash
  • ID Tag with your address and phone number
  • Hard plastic carrier or foldable metal crate
  • Bed
  • Shampoo
  • Brush or comb (depends on your pet’s coat length and type)
  • Plastic waste bags or pooper scooper
  • Variety of toys (balls, rope, chew toys, and a puzzle toy are a good start)
  • Variety of treats (such as small cookies, bully sticks, etc.)
  • Flea preventative

Remember to visit Premier Pet Supply to purchase any supplies you may need. Almost Home’s staff is happy to assist you with any questions you may have in order to make the transition period a positive experience for you and your pet. 


How do I go about surrendering an animal to Almost Home?

To surrender your pet, please email with the following:

  1. Pictures
  2. Medical information (altered, current vaccinations, issues/medical conditions, etc.).
  3. The animal’s temperament, especially with children and other animals.
  4. A detailed explanation of why you must surrender your animal.

We regret we cannot accept every animal.  We love our animals like family and sometimes don’t have the capacity to take new animals.  
Almost Home no longer functions as the City of Southfield animal shelter, and we now operate independently as a foster-based shelter.    
We will supply you with information about other no kill shelters if requested. A good starting point is to check out

Rules & Restrictions

How old do I have to be to adopt, and can I adopt if I don't live in Michigan?
  • You must be at least 23 years of age to adopt or foster an animal from Almost Home.
  • You must live in the State of Michigan to adopt or foster an animal from Almost Home.
    • No out of state adoptions or fostering, please.