County Animal Shelter

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Dogs and Puppies for Adoption in Michigan

Dog Adoption

Browse dogs and puppies available for adoption.

Adopt a cat

Cat Adoption

Browse cats and kittens available for adoption.

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Find a Shelter

Browse municipal animal shelters near you.

The Pets in Michigan Municipal Animal Shelters:

This website is dedicated to adoptable dogs, cats, and other animals in the care of state-funded animal shelters. Your city and county animal shelters and local animal control care for many dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and other pets that need a good home. One or more of Michigan’s State Shelter Animals could be your new best friend.

Dog Overpopulation

Dogs Overwhelm Shelters

Man’s best friend, an epitome of loyalty and companionship, is facing a crisis in the United States – dog overpopulation. The sheer number of homeless and abandoned dogs poses a severe threat to their well-being.

Stray Cats

A silent crisis looms large: cat overpopulation. While these feline companions bring warmth to our homes, the staggering number of homeless and abandoned cats presents a grave concern.

Cat Overpopulation

Dog And Puppy Adoption Tips:

Dog Adoption: Top 10 Questions to Ask When Adopting a Dog
Here are the top 10 questions to ask to make an informed decision when adopting a dog.
How to Adopt a Dog from an Animal Shelter
What to do and what not to do when adopting a dog from an animal shelter.
Top Names for Dogs in 2023
Yes, changing a dog's name is perfectly fine when you adopt a dog from an animal shelter. If you're looking for ideas on what to name your new dog, here were the most popular names for dogs in 2023.

Cat and Kitten Adoption Tips:

What to Know Before Adopting a Cat
There are a few things to consider before adopting a cat
Cat Adoption: Top 8 Questions to Ask When Adopting a Cat
Asking these 8 questions at the shelter will help ensure a perfect match
How to Adopt a Cat at an Animal Shelter
What to do and what not to do when adopting a cat at an animal shelter.

Meet Your Best Friend at the Shelter

Find an animal shelter near you if you want to adopt a dog, cat, or other pet. All shelters have animals that need you. is committed to helping dogs, cats, and other pets at Michigan’s publicly funded animal shelters find a new, loving home.

Lost and Found Pets of Michigan’s State Shelter Animals

Contact the nearest public animal shelter if you have lost your dog or cat or found a stray animal. Find a shelter in Michigan near you.

Millions of dogs, cats, and other animals enter local shelters annually. Stray animals found in Michigan are placed up for adoption if not claimed after four days if the animal is found without a collar or identification or after seven days if the animal is found with proof of ownership (collar or identification tag).

Ways to Support the Dogs and Cats at Your Local Animal Shelter

Adopt. Adopting is the best way to support your local animal shelter and help the animals in shelters. Browse adoptable pets online, visit the shelter, and adopt an animal. Do not buy a puppy or kitten from a pet store or breeder. Pet stores and breeders who sell puppies and kittens only contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation. Unsold puppies and kittens are then “dumped” at animal shelters. Decreasing demand for puppies and kittens from pet stores and breeders will help convince pet stores and breeders to stop selling puppies and kittens.

Volunteer. All shelters need volunteers. Check with your local shelter to see how you can volunteer with them.

Donate. All shelters need donations. Monetary donations, in-kind contributions, and donations of certain items. Contact your local animal shelter to find out what types of supplies are needed most.

Spay/neuter your pets. Spaying and neutering your pets eliminates the chance your pets will have offspring that will wind up in a shelter.