Animal Shelters, Rescue Groups and Animal Control Departments in Northern Michigan
The following is a list of shelters and rescue groups in Northern Michigan by county. The list contains groups within approximately 80 miles of Traverse City, Michigan and are groups that pick up strays and/or house them in shelters. If you know of a group that isn’t on the list, notice any broken links or have information on any disbanded organizations, please email us here.
Antrim County Animal Shelter
Description: Open intake government animal shelter. Adoption fee $45 with a $50 rebate once pet is spayed or neutered.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 10 am to 4 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday
With a Little Help From My Friends Pet Crisis Center
Description: Non-profit organization. We assist Antrim County Animal Control by taking in primarily owner relinquished pets due to a crisis in the family. These animals came from a loving home where they ran out of options and had to relinquish their pet to animal control. This is not a place for the public to bring in a pet, but it is a place for the public to visit and adopt.
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am to 12 noon; closed Sunday thru Monday.
Benzie County Animal Control
Description: Government run animal control shelter.
Hours: Shelter hours are Monday thru Friday 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday 10 am to 1 pm (adoptions only)
Community Cats of Benzie County
Description: Non-profit organization. Assist compassionate caregivers who are feeding and watching over homeless cats by providing TNR and other support services including food, shelter, vaccines and additional vet care for injuries/illness, as well as educational resources. Also have adoptable cats.
Hours: Don’t have a location. Organization is run by volunteers. Please call or email for more information on how to volunteer, donate or adopt.
Charlevoix County Animal Control
Deputy Emily Reynolds
Description: Government run animal control department. Shelters animals at the Charlevoix Co. Humane Society. All animal control problems should be directed to central dispatch at 9-1-1-. This includes emergencies and non-emergencies (bites, noise complaints, stray animals and other problems).
Charlevoix County Humane Society
Description: Non-profit no-kill animal shelter. Dedicated to the protection and care of all animals. Contracts with the county of Charlevoix to house stray, seized and surrendered pets.
Hours: Adoption Hours: Monday thru Friday noon to 6 pm; Saturday noon to 6 pm; Sunday closed. Office hours: Monday thru Friday 9 am to 6 pm; Saturday noon to 6 pm; Sunday closed.
Cheboygan County Humane Society
Description: Non-profit animal shelter. Responsible for implementing Cheboygan County’s animal control program and operating the county’s animal shelter. Dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of animals and finding homes for adoptable homeless animals. For all animal control complaints, please call 9-1-1 (stray dogs, cruelty complaints, etc.)
Hours: Monday thru Friday 9 am to 4 pm; Saturday noon to 4 pm; Sunday closed
CARE of Clare County
Description: Act as savior for homeless animals that are without suitable caretakers and are in need of help; shelter the homeless; care for a find homes for unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused; feed the hungry; provide medical services to the sick and more.
Hours: Don’t have a location. Adoptions are by appointment. Animals in foster care. Call or email for more information.
Clare County Animal Shelter
Description: Government run animal shelter.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 10 am to 4 pm.
AuSable Valley Animal Shelter
Description: Non-profit animal shelter. Provides shelter, care and adoption services for homeless animals and information about animal welfare to adults and children, especially the benefits of spaying and neutering.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 am to 3 pm; Sunday 10 am to noon
Crawford County Animal Control
Gail Foguth, Animal Control Officer
Description: Government run animal control Department. Animals are sheltered at the AuSable Valley Animal Shelter.
Emmet County Animal Control
Description: Animal control dept. run by the Sheriff’s Department.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4 pm. If an emergency, call 911.
Emmet County Stray Center
The Bay Area Pet Resort
4039 Charlevoix Ave.
Description: Center to re-unite stray animals with their owners.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday 8 am to 11:30 am; Sunday closed.
Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
Description: Non-profit no-kill animal shelter. Dedicated to proving animals the tender, loving care and attention they need to become adoptable companions. Have a veterinary clinic and many programs.
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY
Description: Non-profit animal rescue organization.
Hours: Adoption hours in Petsmart in Traverse City: Cats only Tuesday and Thursdays 5 pm to 7 pm; Cats only (dogs by appt) Saturdays noon to 4 pm; Cat only (dogs by appt) Sundays 1 to 4 pm
Cherryland Humane Society
Description: Non-profit animal shelter. Provides a safe harbor for the animals entrusted to them and they strive to find them responsible, loving and permanent homes while educating the public about humane values. Also provides housing for Grand Traverse Animal Control county dogs. If you have found or lost a dog, please call them.
Hours: Tuesdays 11 am to 5 pm; Wednesdays 11 am to 6 pm; Thursdays 11 am to 5 pm; Fridays 11 am to 5 pm; Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm; Sundays and Mondays closed.
Grand Traverse County Animal Control
Description: Government run animal control department. Sheltering services are contracted through Cherryland Humane Society. For dangerous situations involving animal neglect, abuse, endangerment or any life threatening situations, call 911.
Hours: Monday, 8 am to 5 pm; Tuesday thru Saturday 8 am to 6 pm. On call for emergencies through Central Dispatch.
H.A.N.D.D.S. to the Rescue
(231) 409-4833 Dorothy / Patti (231) 645-6040 / Kathy (231) 970-9336
Description: Non-profit rescue group. Their mission is to help those who have no voice – the dogs in need or at risk of euthanasia in local animal controls and shelters. HANDDS – Helping Abused, Neglected, Disabled, Displaced Souls.
Hours: Adoptions are Saturdays from noon to 4 pm at Tractor Supply Company, 825 US Highway 31 South in Traverse City.
Horse North Inc
Description: Non-profit horse rescue organization. Dedicated to helping horses and horse owners in need. Rescue at-risk horses from abuse, abandonment and neglect and to provide healing and rehabilitation; to provide a second chance for these horses in loving forever homes; to educate and assist horse owners struggling to provide for their horses. Available to animal control agencies to respond to their need of assistance in neglect, abandonment and/or cruelty cases.
Hours: No physical location. Horses are fostered. Adoptions by appointment. Please call or email for more info.
Great Lakes Humane Society
Description: Non-profit animal rescue organization. Dedicated to animal welfare with a shelter facility.
Hours: By appointment only
Hurlin’s Hospitality and Parrot Rescue
Description: Non-profit parrot rescue. Rescues and rehabilitates parrots in need. Work with and supports fellow rescuers and educates the public about the plight of the captive parrot.
Hours: Adoptions by appointment only. See website for process.
UN-Cats Feline Rescue
Description: Cat rescue organization and sanctuary for cats with feline leukemia and who are FIV positive. Also deals with feral cats.
Hours: No location. Adoptions by appointment. Please call or email about adoptable cats.
Silver Muzzle Cottage
Rescue & Hospice
Description: Non-profit organization. Rescue and hospice for homeless senior dogs.
Hours: Visits to the cottage are by appointment only. We’d love for you to come and play with our dogs!
Kalkaska County Animal Control
Animal Control Officer Chuck Hill
Description: Government run animal shelter. Adoptable dogs and cats.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4 pm; Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Leelanau County Animal Control
Animal Control Officer Wayne Balchik
Description: Government run animal control department. Animals are sheltered at Cherryland Humane Society.
Hours: 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Call Wayne at the number above for animal related questions. All complaints requesting service are dispatched through the emergency services office. If the complaint is an emergency, dial 9-1-1-. Non-emergency complaints should call 231-256-8800.
The Munchkins’ Mission
Description: Non-profit organization concentrating on TNR and finding homes for cats and kittens. They are dedicated to stopping the cycle of over-population by saving lives with spay and neuter.
Homeward Bound Animal Shelter
(231) 721-7387 (shelter phone)
(231) 723-3170 (animal control)
Description: Non-profit no-kill animal shelter. The shelter is covered by the Manistee County Humane Society. Dedicated to helping the lives of homeless or abandoned animals.
Hours: Adoption hours at animal shelter: Wednesdays noon to 6 pm; Thursdays noon to 4 pm; Fridays noon to 4 pm; Saturdays noon to 4 pm; Sundays closed.
Missaukee Humane Society
Description: Non-profit no-kill rescue organization. Adopting out cats and dogs.
Hours: Monday through Sunday 9 am to 4 pm.
Elk Country Animal Shelter
Description: Non-profit animal shelter working with county government. Advocates for and remains active in humane education and spay and neuter programs for the community.
Hours: Tuesdays thru Fridays 11 am to 4 pm; Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm; Sundays and Mondays closed.
Bellwether Harbor Animal Shelter
Description: Non-profiit organization. Helping animals and people make a connection through education, training and adoption.
Hours: Mondays by appointment; Tuesdays 3 to 7 pm; Wednesdays noon to 4 pm; Thursdays 3 to 7 pm; Fridays noon to 4 pm; Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm; Sundays by appointment.
Lake Haven Rescue
Description: Non-profit no-kill rescue organization for homeless, injured and orphaned animals (not owner surrenders)
Hours: Two adoption days each month – on the first and third Saturdays, noon to 3 pm. Pet Supplies Plus at 4920 Wilson Ave. SW, Granville, Michigan (across from Costco). Lake Haven also does daily adoptions of cats and kittens at the Granville Pet Supplies Plus and their other locations: Pet Supplies Plus, 3593 Alpine Ave NW Grand Rapids MI 49544; Chowhound, 7485 Cottonwood Dr Jenison MI 49428; Chicago Dr Vet Clinic, 6418 Industrial Dr Jenison MI 49428.
Newaygo County Animal Control
Animal Control Officer Kevin Carr
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8 am to 6 pm. Animal shelter is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 1 pm.
Oceana County Animal Shelter
Description: Government run animal shelter.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 9 am to noon; Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm. Sundays closed.
Osceola County Animal Control (and Shelter)
Description: Government run animal shelter.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 11 am to 5 pm; weekends by special appointment.
Otsego County Animal Shelter
Description: Government run animal shelter dedicated to the humane treatment of the animals while in their care, control and custody.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm; Saturday 9 am to noon; Sunday closed.
Roscommon County Animal Shelter
Description: Government run county animal shelter. They take in animals surrendered by individuals when there is room – and they take in stray animals found in the county. The shelter makes every effort to find the owners of stray animals and encourages pet owners to keep their pets licensed and tagged. The shelter’s mission is to inspire compassion, strive to reunite lost animals with owners, spay or neuter (when funds are available), adopt and immunize all pets that come into the shelter.
Hours: Monday thru Sunday 9 am to 4 pm
Animal Advocates of Wexford County
Description: Non-profit organization. Mission is to start a cat rescue. Educates the public on the importance of spay and neutering domestic and feral cats and dogs. Helps community by providing referrals for education, veterinary and support services as need. Fosters cats for placement in homes.
Crazy Maes Animal Rescue
Description: Small animals and small farm animal rescue group. Rehabilitate and find forever homes.
E & E Rabbit and Farm Animal Rescue
Description: Rabbit and farm animal rescue. Rescuing and re-homing rabbits and other animals who need their help.
Wexford County Animal Shelter
(231) 779-9530 Shelter
Most updated info. on adoptables and stray animals: http://www.facebook.com/JudysWexfordShelterShares/
Description: Government run county animal shelter – by the Sheriff’s Department.
Hours: Tuesdays noon to 6 pm; Wednesdays thru Saturdays noon to 4 pm; Sundays and Mondays closed.