This Year’s Winners of the PAW Awards: The Missaukee Humane Society and The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

Dogs Stevie and Mac are adoptable at the Missaukee Humane Society. Cats Daisy and Joss are awaiting a new home at the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society.

Dogs Stevie and Mac are adoptable at the Missaukee Humane Society. Cats Daisy and Joss are awaiting a new home at the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society.

Northern Michigan Euthanasia & Intake Reports

These from reports released in 2015 for the year 2014

Every year, the Michigan Department of Agriculture releases the “Michigan Animal Shelter Activity Reports” for licensed animal shelters in Michigan. Fostering-only groups do not have to report but sometimes they do as well. This report includes, among other things, intake and euthanasia information.

This information has been organized for you in this post so that you can easily check out the numbers for the animal shelters in your community. The results we have listed are for the rescues and animal shelters in our area that are on the Pet Friends Magazines shelters & rescues link. Some groups might not have reported last year or didn’t make the deadline to report this year. For the full report of the animal shelters in Michigan click here: animal shelter report 2014

My reports are different than others who do “save rates” because I think they are more accurate. I think the true measure of how a shelter is doing is what their euthanasia rate is. Obviously, there are those times when euthanasia is the only choice when a pet is sick or aggressive and even the best shelters and rescues have higher numbers in different years based on the kind of animals they rescue or accept into their system.

I also think that a shelter should be judged on the animals that it has a responsible to house and adopt. Because of this, I subtract the owner requested euthanasias and the returned-to-owner animals from the intake amount – which leaves a more accurate number of animals that the shelter is responsible for.

For the purposes of Pet Friend Magazine’s 7th Annual “PAW” Award (Pet Friends Animal Welfare Award), the winners are based on the percentage of the least amount of euthanasias for the year 2014 compared to the intake numbers of cats and dogs after I have made the subtractions to their intake numbers as mentioned above.

To be eligible for the award, a rescue group or shelter must take in at least 50 animals to make them comparable to other shelters in deciding who wins the awards.

The Missaukee Humane Society in Lake City is the winner of the 2014 PAW Award from Pet Friends Magazine in the DOG category for the least amount of euthanasias.

The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in Harbor Springs is the winner of the 2014 PAW Award from Pet Friends Magazine in the CAT category for the least amount of euthanasias.

Congratulations to our winners – and to those of you who are doing a great job to reduce the number of animals killed in your care! All in all, over the years, our area seems to be headed in the right direction with less animals killed in many of the previous years. If your shelter has too many animals killed, please get involved in volunteering and get involved in the the local politics of your county (most Sheriff’s Departments run county animal control departments – and county commissioners are responsible for the budgets and other aspects of the animal shelter). Go to your county or city commissioners meetings and voice your concerns. Taxpayer money should be used to house and adopt your community cats and dogs – not kill them.

2014 DOG Animal Welfare Results

The shelters below are listed best-to-worst for dog euthasias based on intake numbers. Duplicate numbers are ties in percentages). Not reporting yet this year are: Antrim County Animal Control, Emmet Co. Stray Center, Otsego Co. Animal Shelter and Roscommon County Animal Shelter.

1. Missaukee Humane Society (0%)

1. Bellwether Harbor (0%) – not enough intake for award consideration

2. Little Traverse Bay Humane Society (0.002%)

3. Roscommon County Animal Shelter (0.004%)

4. Grand Traverse County Animal Control (0.006%)

5. AC PAW (1.3%)

6. McClouds Lake Haven Rescue (2.4%)

6. Homeward Bound Animal Shelter (2.4%)

7. Cherryland Humane Society (3.1%)

8. Kalkaska County Animal Control (3.6%)

9. Charlevoix County Humane Society (3.8%)

10. Oceana County Animal Shelter (3.9%)

11. Osceola County Animal Control (4.3%)

12. Manistee County Animal Shelter (4.5%)

13. AuSable Valley Animal Shelter (4.7%)

14. Wexford County Animal Shelter (7%)

15. Benzie County Animal Control (11.6%)

16. With a Little Help From My Friends (12.5%)

17. Newaygo County Animal Shelter (40.3%)

2014 CAT Animal Welfare Results

The shelters below are listed best-to-worst for cat euthasias based on intake numbers.

1. AuSable Valley Animal Shelter (0%) – not enough intake for award consideration

1. Manistee County Animal Shelter (0%) – not enough intake for award consideration

1. Bellwether Harbor (0%) – not enough intake for award consideration

2. Little Traverse Bay Humane Society (0.002%)

3. Roscommon County Animal Shelter (0.005%)

4. AC PAW (1.2%)

4. McClouds Lake Haven Rescue (1.2%)

5. Missaukee Humane Society (1.4%)

6. Homeward Bound Animal Shelter (3.8%)

7. With a Little Help From My Friends (6.6%)

8. Kalkaska County Animal Control (9.1%)

9. Benzie County Animal Control (10.4%)

10. Cherryland Humane Society (10.5%)

11. Oceana County Animal Shelter (11.1%)

12. Wexford County Animal Shelter (14.6%)

13. Charlevoix County Humane Society (17.9%)

14. Osceola County Animal Control (24.6%)

15. Newaygo County Animal Shelter (38.3%)

I will gladly publish any comments from the shelters on this list. I will also make any corrections on any information that was mistakenly converted from the shelter report to this website

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS COMPILED 2012 & 2013 SHELTER ACTIVITY REPORTS for your comparison.

(All percentage amounts are rounded down). Info. was put together from reports available at press time. Returned animals were subtracted from the original intake numbers to better reflect the actual adoption/euthanasia numbers.

ANTRIM COUNTY:

Antrim County Animal Control no information provided for 2012, 2013 or 2014

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With a Little Help From My Friends – 2014

Dogs admitted: 24

Dogs euthanized: 3

Cats admitted: 30

Cats euthanized: 2

With a Little Help From My Friends – 2013

Dogs admitted: 25

Dogs euthanized: 0

Cats admitted: 29

Cats euthanized: 1

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BENZIE COUNTY:

Benzie County Animal Control – 2014

Dogs admitted: 94

Dogs euthanized: 11

Cats admitted: 191

Cats euthanized: 20

Benzie County Animal Control – 2013

Dogs admitted: 117

Dogs euthanized: 1

Cats admitted: 142

Cats euthanized: 6

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CHARLEVOIX COUNTY:

Charlevoix County Humane Society – 2014

Dogs admitted: 77

Dogs euthanized: 3

Cats admitted: 145

Cats euthanized: 26

Charlevoix County Humane Society – 2013

Dogs admitted: 309

Dogs euthanized: 6

Cats admitted: 172

Cats euthanized: 43

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CRAWFORD COUNTY

AuSable Valley Animal Shelter – 2014

Dogs admitted: 85

Dogs euthanized: 4

Cats admitted: 34

Cats euthanized: 0

AuSable Valley Animal Shelter – 2013

Dogs admitted: 84

Dogs euthanized: 1

Cats admitted: 40

Cats euthanized: 0

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EMMET COUNTY

Emmet Co. Stray Center no information provided for 2014

Emmet Co. Stray Center – 2013

Dogs admitted: 31

Dogs euthanized: 1

Cats admitted: 124

Cats euthanized: 18

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Little Traverse Bay Humane – 2014

Dogs admitted: 348

Dogs euthanized: 1

Cats admitted: 345

Cats euthanized: 1

Little Traverse Bay Humane – 2013

Dogs admitted: 337

Dogs euthanized: 5

Cats admitted: 274

Cats euthanized: 2

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GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY

AC Paw – 2014

Dogs admitted: 73

Dogs euthanized: 1

Cats admitted: 478

Cats euthanized: 6

AC Paw – 2013

Dogs admitted: 117

Dogs euthanized: 1

Cats admitted: 483

Cats euthanized: 3

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Cherryland Humane Society – 2014

Dogs admitted: 313

Dogs euthanized: 10

Cats admitted: 485

Cats euthanized: 51

Cherryland Humane Society – 2013

Dogs admitted: 481

Dogs euthanized: 6

Cats admitted: 733

Cats euthanized: 209

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Grand Traverse County Animal Control – 2014

Dogs admitted: 143 (261 total – 118 RTO)

Dogs euthanized: 1

Grand Traverse County Animal Control – 2013

Dogs admitted: 186 (283 total)

Dogs euthanized: 11* (January to May 2013 until CHS entered into contract with GT County)

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KALKASKA COUNTY

Kalkaska Co. Animal Control – 2014

Dogs admitted: 137

Dogs euthanized: 5

Cats admitted: 109

Cats euthanized: 10

Kalkaska Co. Animal Control – 2013

Dogs admitted: 126

Dogs euthanized: 12

Cats admitted: 122

Cats euthanized: 29

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MANISTEE COUNTY

Manistee Co. Humane Society/Homeward Bound – 2014

Dogs admitted: 125

Dogs euthanized: 3

Cats admitted: 154

Cats euthanized: 6

Manistee Co. Humane Society/Homeward Bound – 2013

Dogs admitted: 171

Dogs euthanized: 2

Cats admitted: 153

Cats euthanized: 3

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Manistee Co. Animal Shelter – 2014

Dogs admitted: 92

Dogs euthanized: 5

Cats admitted: 6

Cats euthanized: 0

Manistee Co. Animal Shelter – 2013

Dogs admitted: 125

Dogs euthanized: 2

Cats admitted: 9

Cats euthanized: 3

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MISSAUKEE COUNTY

Missaukee Humane Society – 2014

Dogs admitted: 192

Dogs euthanized: 0

Cats admitted: 280

Cats euthanized: 4

Missaukee Humane Society – 2013

Dogs admitted: 198

Dogs euthanized: 1

Cats admitted: 310

Cats euthanized: 2

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NEWAYGO COUNTY

Bellwether Harbor – 2014

Dogs admitted: 28

Dogs euthanized: 0

Cats admitted: 20

Cats euthanized: 0

Bellwether Harbor – 2013

Dogs admitted: 38

Dogs euthanized: 6

Cats admitted: 41

Cats euthanized: 5

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Newaygo Co. Animal Shelter – 2014

Dogs admitted: 203

Dogs euthanized: 82

Cats admitted: 321

Cats euthanized: 123

Newaygo Co. Animal Shelter – 2013

Dogs admitted: 268

Dogs euthanized: 79

Cats admitted: 280

Cats euthanized: 87

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McCloud’s Lake Haven – 2014

Dogs admitted: 375

Dogs euthanized: 9

Cats admitted: 486

Cats euthanized: 6

McCloud’s Lake Haven – 2013

Dogs admitted: 399

Dogs euthanized: 3

Cats admitted: 603

Cats euthanized: 17

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OCEANA COUNTY

Oceana Co. Animal Shelter – 2014

Dogs admitted: 228

Dogs euthanized: 9

Cats admitted: 152

Cats euthanized: 17

Oceana Co. Animal Shelter – 2013

Dogs admitted: 203

Dogs euthanized: 5

Cats admitted: 118

Cats euthanized: 12

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OSCEOLA COUNTY

Osceola Co. Animal Control – 2014

Dogs admitted: 273

Dogs euthanized: 12

Cats admitted: 462

Cats euthanized: 114

Osceola Co. Animal Control – 2013

Dogs admitted: 393

Dogs euthanized: 21

Cats admitted: 425

Cats euthanized: 98

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OTSEGO COUNTY

Otsego Co. Animal Shelter no information provided for 2014

Otsego Co. Animal Shelter – 2013

Dogs admitted: 205

Dogs euthanized: 9

Cats admitted: 408

Cats euthanized: 21

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ROSCOMMON COUNTY

Roscommon Co. Animal Shelter  2014

Dogs admitted: 228

Dogs euthanized: 2

Cats admitted: 523

Cats euthanized: 3

Roscommon Co. Animal Shelter – 2013

Dogs admitted: 425

Dogs euthanized: 0

Cats admitted: 403

Cats euthanized: 7

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WEXFORD COUNTY

Wexford Co. Animal shelter – 2014

Dogs admitted: 257

Dogs euthanized: 18

Cats admitted: 246

Cats euthanized: 36

Wexford Co. Animal shelter – 2013

Dogs admitted: 287

Dogs euthanized: 36

Cats admitted: 279

Cats euthanized: 41

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