Advocates For Animal Rights (AFAR) is a 501c3 Companion Animal Rescue. AFAR has two locations: our first location is In the Beautiful State of Michigan, and our second location is in the Impressive State of Tennessee!

Our primary goal is to raise NO-KILL Companion Animal Sanctuary's at both sites, offering a safe haven to all homeless animals. They will have permanent, safe and loving place to live until a forever home for them is found. However, if a forever home is not readily available, the sanctuary will remain their home away from home until a forever home is found.



WE ADVOCATE- For Animals & Their Caregivers,

WE EDUCATE- On the Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Animals,

WE CELEBRATE- The Lives of our Companion Animals and the Extraordinary Bond That We Share With Them!




(866) 224-AFAR

Adopting A Puppy or Dog

 So, the time has come and you are considering adopting a dog. Although this may be an exciting time for you, there are several very important things to consider before the adoption takes place. Our goal at AFAR is to assist you in making an informed decision. We are dedicated to educate, guide, & support you through this important decision making process.

Dogs have innate needs. When those needs are met, you have a rewarding lifetime relationship with your beloved companion. If not met, chaos may erupt. A dog’s primary need is to be with their caregiver, or the “Alpha Dog”. The Alpha Dog is the leader. (You have heard the phrase the Leader of the Pack?). Dogs have social needs as well. They are pack animals. Companionship and social interaction are at the heart and soul of their nature. Take that away and your dog’s heart will wither. Their soul will ache and yearn until their yearning eats up their belief in happiness.

Your dog will need a fenced yard or a protected place to run, play and eliminate without being attached to a chain. Why? As a human, you have the same need. Answer that question for yourself and you have answered it for your dog.

Exercise for a dog (even in the form of interactive play) is like water & light for the plant. It is essential for the dog’s mental and physical well being.

Obedience training is an important key to a successful relationship between your dog and you. Training creates a healthy pack-dynamic. When you train your dog, you will learn how to be the one in charge (the Alpha). And when you are in charge, your dog will be able to relax with no need to challenge your leadership.


Not every pet will fit into your lifestyle. Adopting a companion pet is a major consideration and responsible pet ownership demands a considerable commitment. The adoption process may seem time consuming, but we wish to maximize an animal’s chance for a successful, permanent adoption. Our adoption counselors will ask you many questions to determine which pet will do well in your home and which will not. This way we can be sure the pet you get will be the pet you want, to love for its lifetime!

Further, any dog fostered by AFAR will already be spayed/neutered before ever leaving our premises. (No Exceptions) In that way, we can insure that no dog will be used at any puppy mill.


The type of dog you choose will significantly impact your interactions will be. You may think that that Great Dane puppies are adorable, which they are, but how will you feel when your dog weighs 150 lbs? Or the Mastiff that drools constantly, or the Labradoodle who needs to be constantly groomed?

Age & Temperament

Many people think puppies are so adorable. And they are, but what happens when you find yourself cleaning up ‘accidents’ all over your expensive new carpeting? How about when you find out they have eaten your second (or fourth) pair of shoes. Or chewed through your table’s leg? How are you going to feel when you puppy feels alone and howls until they can see your face-at 3:00 am in the morning? Puppies are a lot of work & require a lot of extra attention. And do not forget, puppies grow into adults.

Adopting an adult dog is usually a safe bet. Usually they are spayed/neutered, already housebroken, and have learned boundaries. Additionally, they are usually more consistent when it comes to their temperament. However, with any dog that may have suffered abuse and or neglect, there may be some hidden challenges or training issues as well. Because of prior abuse issues, some dogs may need to be placed in homes without children or other animals. Others may need special attention. An AFAR staff associate will help guide you through these issues prior to the adoption.

Special Needs Dogs

Because of prior abandonment issues, some dogs suffer with separation anxiety, so every time you walk out to get the mail or go to work you come back to a shredded home. Or your dog may have developed Diabetes and needs insulin shots twice a day. Would you be willing to adopt a senior dog that experiences occasional incontinence? What about a dog who has diminished hearing or sight? Or one that needs you to mash their food because they have lost most of their teeth? These and many other things you will need to consider.

Health, Welfare, and additional Financial Obligations

Will you be able to afford the necessary care & maintenance of your new companion? What happens if an unexpected surgery arises? Planning ahead for emergencies is a good idea. But if something expected comes up and you need help financially, there are some agencies that now with some financial help.  AFAR will post some of these agencies on our website. You might also want to consider a pet insurance policy. Some are pretty affordable now. Check with your vet, or just look on our website for more information.

With adoption from AFAR, you will make a commitment to:

  1. Love and Respect your new companion
  1. Insure care for your dog in sickness & in health
  1. Cherish and protect your dog
  1. Pledge that your dog will live in-home just like any other member of your family
  1. Receive training in a basic Obedience class
  1.  Never keep the dog chained in a yard or kept in a crate longer than is appropriate for the individual dog’s age, breed, and need for activity.
  1. Never ride loose in the bed of pickup trucks or convertibles; be left in a vehicle when air temperatures exceed 70 degrees.
  1. Also, some dogs need to be confined inside the home when no one is at home. So, if you are away for a prolonged period of time or vacation, prearrange proper care for your companion.
  1. Agree to keep a buckle collar on the dog with ID tag, current rabies tag and town dog license. Or consider getting your dog micro-chipped. The dog is to have a choke collar on during training and walks.
  1. If at any time your dog becomes lost, has been stolen, hurt, or killed, notify us by email or phone immediately.

Adopting and co-habitation with a companion dog should be a rewarding, successful, and life enriching experience. With knowledge comes power. And knowledge before adoption is imperative to promote a magnificent and never-ending match between you and your new companion. Making an informed decision is a rewarding decision.


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