In accordance with Michigan state law, strays are held for four to seven days in order to help the owner find and claim the animal. We post descriptions and pictures of stray animals on our website. Our website also has a database of lost and found animals. If you’ve lost your pet, we strongly encourage you to visit the Shelter in person and read these tips on how to recover a lost pet.
After four to seven days the stray animal becomes the property of the Livingston County Animal Shelter and may be available for public adoption.
All animal bites should be reported to Livingston County Sheriff / Animal Control Division and Livingston County Health Department. If medical attention has been received after a bite, please read the How to File a Bite Report page, download the bite report and fax it to (517) 546-9627.
Abuse & Neglect
Please see the Animal Control page to see what constitutes animal abuse or neglect. Animal Control Officers will respond to calls and complaints and investigate to see if animal cruelty statutes have been violated. If a violation has occurred, the Officer may work with the owner to educate them on how to correct the violation or may immediately prosecute.
Wild & Feral Cats
Increasing numbers of feral/wild cats are an issue in many areas of Livingston County. While we don’t have the resources to trap feral cats for you, we can offer you assistance through our TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) program. TNR offers a humane and effective solution to feral cat overpopulation.
What types of payment do you accept, and do you offer payment plans?
We do not have payment plans, you are expected to pay in full when the service or adoption is completed.
How many dogs am I allowed to own?
My pet is sick. Can you treat them?
I saw a cat stuck in a tree, or a dog out on the ice. Who should I call?
Animal Nuisance FAQ
There is a dog running around my neighborhood. What do I do?
A dog left its yard and came after me in my yard or the street. What do I do?
My neighbors dog barks all the time. What can I do?
Will you pick up loose cats in my neighborhood?
We will accept stray cats at the shelter from Livingston County residents who find cats in the country and bring them in. You can use a live trap from us if needed to catch the cat. ($50 refundable deposit)
Animal Control Officers only go out on calls involving cats if there is suspected abuse or neglect.
Caring for Horses FAQ
I can't afford to feed/keep my horse. What should I do?
There is also a horse rescue in Livingston County called Horses Haven. They may be a good resource if you can no longer afford to keep your horses. Please do not wait until the last minute because it can take time to find a new home for your horse and rescues need ample time to place animals.
What is the minimum care a horse needs? When does it become neglect?
The State of Michigan Penal Code states that every horse needs to be provided with daily adequate care just like small animals, including: food, potable water, veterinary care, and clean facilities. If you are concerned that horses/livestock do not have land/property for the amount of horses/livestock, you can call the local municipality of the property owner to inquire how many horses they are allowed, or contact Animal Control to investigate.