At Adopt a Friend for Life…

We are dedicated to rescuing adoptable stray, abandoned and homeless cats and dogs. AFL was established in February 2005 and ever since then have offered an alternative to animal control shelters by housing the animals in foster homes until they can be placed for adoption into loving, permanent homes.

We are committed to reducing pet overpopulation by providing 100% spay/neuter for animals in our care and strive to build lifelong friendships that will enrich the human-animal bond. We are always in need of foster homes, if you are interested submit a volunteer application today.

Celebrating 19 years!


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AFL Adoption Events & Fundraisers

We attend local adoption events with our foster animals in hopes of finding their forever families. Every summer AFL has a fundraising garage sale.

Do Dah Parade

Fun at the Do Dah Parade!

Microchip Event at PetSmart



Fundraiser at Paw Paw Brewing Co.

Our volunteers at a PetSmart Adoption Event

Adoption Event at PetSmart


Annual Garage Sale

We are currently in need of foster homes

Nothing compares to the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment than being a foster family to a homeless pet. We are currently looking for loving, caring families that will be willing to open up their homes to a needy dog or cat. We will equip you with all the supplies and resources needed to successfully care for your foster animal. Veterinary care is supplied along with food and the proper equipment necessary in order to meet the needs of your companion. If you think you would like to be a foster click…..HERE 

Upcoming Events In 2024

Adoption Event


Watch for new event location…….coming soon!


Annual Garage Sale

Thanks for your participation, we had a good turout.

New Location 32251 E. Red Arrow Hwy,
Paw Paw, MI 49079
June 7 & 8  2024
9 am – 4 pm


Protect Your Dog or Cat from Fleas, Intestinal Worms, Heartworm & Ticks

There are three major categories of parasites that can affect you dog’s or cat’s skin, digestive tract and heart (and other organs).  These are: Ectoparasites, Intestinal parasites & Heartworms.

Ectoparasites, such as fleas, ticks & mosquitos can not only cause discomfort and itchiness, but can also transmit serious disease.

Intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea, weight loss, loss of appetite & vomiting.  These parasites include: whipworms, hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms.

Heartworms, when allowed to mature actually reside in the heart and are transmitted by mosquitos,

Lyme disease is caused by a microscopic bacterial organism transferred by ticks.

Fortunately, there are preventatives available to protect your pet.  To keep your pet healthy, it is important to have an anti-parasitic plan.  You can create your plan of action with your veterinarian.  They will talk to you about all the preventatives available and help you make the best decision for your pets needs.

If you are looking for a pet parasite medication, check out Pet Bucket. All new customers will receive 12% off when ordering preventatives from  Use the voucher code: PBK13280853.



Luna appears to be a Golden Retriever/Shepherd mix.  She came to us covered in mud and mats, but with a smile on her face.  Luna also came to us with Lyme disease.  Lyme disease in dogs is completely preventable and treatable.  When a tick feeds, it attaches firmly to a dog’s skin and sucks blood for several days before falling off.  If a tick is infected with a bacterial organism Borrelia, it will transmit the infection to the dog.  The longer the tick is attached to a host, the greater the risk of becoming infected.  Luna has been treated for Lyme disease as well as intestinal parasitic hookworms and whipworms.  She is now on the road to better health and well-being.


TJ took his ride to freedom and came into the loving hands of AFL.  He is a Beagle/Dachshund mix.  In his four years of life TJ never had a veterinarian visit and spent his days outside.  Unfortunately, heartworm – the illness we can’t see on the outside – is impacting his health.  Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets.  It is caused by  foot-long heartworms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs.  The dog is a natural host for heartworms.  Once mature, heartworms can live for 5 to 7 years in dogs and up to 2 to 3 years in cats.  TJ is presently undergoing heartworm treatment.

2024 Donations made to AFL in memory of beloved pets:

Make a memorial donation and your pets name will appear below:

Callie    Timo



 Donations checks can be mailed to us at: Adopt a Friend for Life of Southwest Michigan, PO Box 251, Paw Paw, MI 49079
* Make sure to put your pets name in the memo line


 2023 Joshua Linus Weiss, Cheeto Eugene, Muffy, Callie & Bodie
      2022  Finnegan, Freddy & Sam Toomey
Visit our Affiliate Pet Memory Shop for memorial items for your beloved pet or as a gift for someone you know who has lost their pet.  Click on the link below….


Meet a few of our Partners

Please click here to visit our tribute to our Webmistress: Petra Wilkinson who succumbed to the ravages of Cancer on Saturday, October 25 2008

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