There is no fee to surrender a dog or cat to us. However, you must be a county resident, have a driver’s license with a county address, you must be 18 years or older, and call the Shelter first. We are full at certain times of the year, so make sure to reach out to other agencies and rescues. We have a list of local shelters and rescues that may be able to assist if we are full.

Whatever you do, please don’t wait until the last minute to place a pet. It takes time to arrange for space, so plan ahead. Local pet rescue groups may be able to help you. Please call the Shelter for their contact information.

After you’ve talked to us and you bring your pet in to surrender it, please bring all medical records that you have for your pet and print and complete our pet profiles (Dog Intake Profile Form – Cat Intake Profile Form.) This helps us know more about your pet and assists us as we find them a forever home. It is best to fill out the profile before you come in. We understand that saying goodbye to your pet can be a very emotional experience, so please take the time to fill out the profile in the comfort of your own home.

We accept dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, reptiles, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Please call first, as we do not always have space, or special cages and food available for animals other than dogs and cats. We do not accept wildlife or livestock at our Shelter.

Christy Peterson
Animal Shelter Director



(517) 546-2154

We are closed weekdays from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. for lunch

Animal Viewing Hours

Mon – Fri
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

Office Hours

Mon – Fri
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed County Holidays


418 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843

Non-Emergency Complaints

(517) 546-9111


(517) 546-0232