Resources

ANIMAL WELFARE – Dogs & Cats

ARC – Animal Rescue Coalition
Description: Group of organizations and individuals in Traverse City involved in animal rescue and welfare. They meet once a month to network and work to resolve animal issues in Northern Lower Michigan. Concentrate mostly on cat and dog issues.
Contact: info@petfriendsmagazine.com for more info.

Animal Welfare League of Benzie County
Beulah
(231) 882-9505
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BenzieCountyAnimalShelter
Website: http://www.awlobc.org/
Email: animalwelfarebenzie@gmail.com
Description: Non-profit organization. Dedicated to improving the lives of all the animals in Benzie County. Help with low cost spay/neuters and emergency medical costs. They also volunteer at the Benzie County Animal Shelter.
Hours: Shelter hours are Monday thru Friday 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday 10 am to 1 pm (adoptions only)

For Animals
Traverse City
(231) 492-0063
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foranimalstc
Website: http://foranimalstc.org/
Email: foranimalstc@gmail.com
Description: Non-profit animal rights organization. Dedicated to the protection of animals and the environment from abuse and exploitation through education and the promotion of compassionate lifestyles. Focus on pet overpopulation; wildlife protection; animals in entertainment and fur.
Hours: No location. Email or call for more information.

Friends for Life
Gaylord
(989) 350-9907
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/otsegofriendsforlife/
Website: http://otsegofriends4life.wixsite.com/friendsforlifeotsego
Email: otsegofriends4life@gmail.com 
Description: Non-profit organization. Encourages sterilization of dogs and cats and educate the public on the proper care and training of pets. Working to enhance the quality of life of dogs, cats and other adoptable pets.

Grand Traverse Pet Advocates
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/grandtraversepetadvocates/
Description: Grand Traverse Pet Advocates is a Facebook group of concerned pet lovers with the hopes of improving the lives of dogs and cats (and horses) in Grand Traverse County.

Justice for the Animals @ Wexford County Animal Shelter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Justicewexfordcounty
Description: Facebook group working towards justice for the animals who have been killed at the Wexford County animal shelter; which includes the continuation of monitoring the county for current policies and actions pertaining to the shelter; networking about shelter animals and situations as needed as well as help individuals with personal situations. The voice for the ones who can not speak for themselves.

HOPE (Helping Owners with Pet Expenses)
Traverse City
(231) 590-8133 pet food pantry (don’t call after 6 pm except in emergencies)
(231) 631-7222 vet assistance
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HOPEforpets/
Website: http://www.helpingownerswithpetexpenses.org/
Email: Hopeforpetowners@gmail.com
Description: Non-profit organization. Pet foot pantry. Also takes applications for veterinary assistance requests.

NorthWoods Animal Coalition
Kalkaska
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/northwoodsanimalcoalition/
Email: info@northwoodsanimalcoalition.org
Description: Non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues related to the humane treatment of animals in the Greater Kalkaska area.
Hours: No location. Email or call for more information.

Oceana County Animal Friends
Pentwater
(231) 869-5428
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Oceana-County-Animal-Friends-182598388457618/
Website: https://oceanacountyanimalfriends.wordpress.com/
Description: Mission: To educate the community of the importance of spaying or neutering their pets, the health and safety benefits, and the impact it has on the stray and abandoned animals in the community. Educating on the proper training of a dog, and it’s owner to make it a happy home for everyone, preventing future abandonment or frustration. Lastly, finding the perfect home for each animal, always a happy ending.

Wexford County Animal Helpers
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WexfordCountyAnimalHelpers/
Description:Wexford County Animal Helpers is a coalition of pet lovers, rescuers and alike. Through activism, education, and prevention to help the community.

Wexford County Ani-meals
Cadillac
(231) 429-9459
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WexCtyAnimeals/
Description: Wexford Country Ani-meals distributes free Cat and Dog food for those in need through the 6th Street Food distribution every 3rd Thursday of the month.

Wexford County Shelter Shares
Cadillac
Facebook (volunteer run): https://www.facebook.com/JudysWexfordShelterShares
Website: http://wexfordanimalsheltershares.com/
Email: wexfordcountysheltershares@gmail.com
Description: Pictures of cats and dogs in the Wexford County Animal Shelter. Volunteer run Facebook page (and website) to network photos of dogs and cats up for adoptions – and stray animals. Non-profit organization.

Wonderland Humane Society
Cadillac
(231) 920-6405
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WonderlandHumaneSociety/
Website: http://wonderlandhumane.org/
Email: Info@WonderlandHumane.org
Description: Non-profit organization of concerned citizens whose main purpose is the prevention of cruelty to animals; the relief of suffering among animals and the extension of humane education in the areas of proper pet care and the benefits of spay/neuter. Provides financial assistance to people who want to spay or neuter their pets. Serves residents of Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola counties.

CATS ONLY

Cat Stuck in a Tree?
These places have been known to help get a cat out of a tree.

Mount Clemens
Young Masters Tree Service
(586) 419-4661
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/288015571226868/photos/a.288078237887268.81610.288015571226868/2086587548036319/?type=3&theater

Traverse City
Bo Knows Trees
Bo Burke
231-835-1111
Website: http://boknowstrees.com/

Parshall Tree Care Experts
231-409-1295
Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/Parshalltree

Traverse City, Cadillac, Fife Lake, Houghton Lake
Hensel’s Tree Service
Cadillac  (231)775-2707
Fife Lake  (231)879-3666
Houghton Lake  (989)422-5400
Traverse City  (231)947-0994
Website: http://www.helselstreeservice.com/

Manton
Best Price Tree Service – Patrick Otto
Website: http://bestpricetreesvc.com/

DOGS ONLY

Traverse City Dog Park
http://www.traversecitymi.gov/tc_dog_park.asp

Grand Traverse County K9 Unit
https://www.grandtraverse.org/812/K-9-Unit

Grand Traverse Kennel Club
https://gtkc.org/

Traverse City K9 Program
http://www.traversecitymi.gov/k9_program.asp

Woofers Adventure Club
231-409-0732
Website: http://www.woofersontherun.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WoofersOnTheRun
Email: info@woofersontherun.com
Description: A group of active, happy dogs and humans who get together for Fitness Adventures, Social Hours, and Group Trail Hikes! Fun filled times with hikes, socials, parties, charity events, agility classes and more. Events year-round at various locations around Traverse City. Stay tuned to the Woofers On The Run Facebook page for WAC updates!  

HORSES

Peace Ranch
Traverse City
Website: http://www.peaceranchtc.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peaceranchtc
Description: Non-profit organization. Equine assisted psychotherapy, in which horses help people discover and overcome unhealthy patterns and behavior. Equine assisted learning approach. Special programs for horsemanship, helping veterans with PTSD, etc.

Reining Liberty Ranch
Traverse City
Website: http://www.reininglibertyranch.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReiningLibertyRanch
Email: reininglibertyranch@gmail.com
Description: Non-profit organization. Their mission is to promote the physical, relational and emotional health of primarily veterans and their families through the use of equine, agricultural and educational services as well as community outreach efforts.

LOST & FOUND FACEBOOK PAGES

Grand Traverse Area Lost and Found Pets
https://www.facebook.com/GrandTraverseAreaLostAndFoundPets

Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie Lost & Found Pets
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1584319238524045/

Lori Herman Lost and Found Pet Information Page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/324105958078311/
Description: Information to help find pets. Traverse City originated Facebook page.

Lost and Found Traverse City/Kingsley Area Pets
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LostAndFoundTraverseKingsleyAreaPets

Lost & Found Pets Leelanau County
https://www.facebook.com/lostandfoundpetsleelanaucountymichigan

Manistee, Wexford and Missaukee Lost and Found Pets
https://www.facebook.com/groups/880138865386018/

Mesick Lost and Found Pets Plus
https://www.facebook.com/groups/652695588214759/

Northern Michigan Lost and Found Pets
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1592148217688218/

OTHER

Black Sheep Crossing
Northport
(231) 386-7234
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackSheepCrossing/
Website: https://blacksheepcrossing.org/
Description: Non-profit organization. No-kill farm sanctuary to 73 animals, including donkeys, miniature donkeys, Quarter horse, Welsh point and a mule, three pot-bellied pigs, one guinea fowl, five chickens, four peacocks, 22 barn cats, five goats, Jersey cow, sheep, five dogs, eight house cats, two Scottish Highland steers, an African Grey parrot, a Sun Conure, fishes and a cockatiel. 100% of contributions to directly to the care of the animals.
Hours: By appointment only. Call if you are interested in a tour or sponsorship.

Grand Traverse County 4H
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/county/grand_traverse/grand_traverse_county_4_h

Piper, the Airport K9 Dog
Piper passed away in January of 2018 but the memories of this wonderful dog remain in our hearts.
Website: http://www.tvcairport.com/airportk9/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airportk9/

Tail Waggin’ Tutor Reading Program
Peninsula Community Library
Description:Candy Gardner and her Bermese Mountain dog, Coco, visit the library and kids get to read to the dog. The program is offered through Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Peninsula Community Library on Tuesday mornings during the school year and Wednesday mornings during the summer. Starts at 9:30 a.m. and goes until about noon.

Military Working Dog Team Support Association Inc.
(MWDTSA)
Traverse City Contact: Allison Merrill
(231) 392-9680
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MWDTSA/
Email: allison@sundog-kennel.com
Description: Non-profit organization. Supports military working dog teams, veteran dog handlers events/causes, retired military dogs and provides educational opportunities reading the use and history of military working dogs. Allison gathers products to put into care packages to mail to the military working dog handlers and their dogs.

WILDLIFE

GT Butterfly House and Bug Zoo
Williamsburg
http://www.gtbutterflyzoo.com/
Description: A fun place to take kids to learn about the wonders of butterflies and their bug relatives.

Leelanau Wildlife Care
closed in Fall of 2018 – due to new DNR rules regarding fawns
Leelanau County
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/leelanauwildlifecare/
Description: Non-profit organization. Licensed and certified wildlife rehabilitation center. Specialize in white tail fawns and other small mammals. Located on 132 acres. Works with a licensed veterinarian who is on call to assist with injured animals.

Traverse City – Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Jyl Gaskin
231-267-5722
Description: Gaskin helps with mammals, turtles and non-federally protected birds. No raccoons. Find other licensed rehabilitators in your county at the DNR website: http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/. These rehabilitators help squirrels, rabbits, birds and other wildlife.

Wings of Wonder
Empire
(231) 326-4663
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wings-of-Wonder-105315512891121/
Website: http://www.wingsofwonder.org/
Email: wow@wingsofwonder.org
Description: Non-profit raptor sanctuary. Their primary mission is education. Their mission is to educate the public in wildlife, conservation, economy and current environmental issues, with a focus on raptors. They rehabilitate the sick, injured and orphaned raptors with the goal of releasing healthy raptors back into the wild.

YEARLY ANIMAL EVENTS

National Cherry Festival
End of June / Beginning of July
Traverse City
https://www.cherryfestival.org/
Description: Check their calendar for animal events and Ultimate Air Dog events http://www.ultimateairdogs.com/

Northport Dog Parade
2nd Saturday of August
Northport
https://www.facebook.com/NorthportDogParade/

Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
July and August
Williamsburg
http://greatlakesequestrianfestival.com/

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One thought on “Resources

  1. Cindy January 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm Reply

    Cheboygan County Humane Society in Cheboygan, Michigan also has a food pantry for pets as well as low cost spaying and neutering programs.

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