Livingston County
Animal Shelter

418 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
Map to our location
Shelter and Administration Phone: 517.546.2154
Fax: 517.546.0232

Non-emergency Complaints - 517.546.9111
Emergencies - 911

Closed for Lunch weekdays: 1-1:30 pm

Animal Viewing Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
11 am-1 pm., 1:30-5 pm.
11 am-1 pm, 1:30-7 pm
10 am - 3 pm

All Other Business:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri:

8 am-1 pm, 1:30-5 pm
8 am-1 pm, 1:30-7 pm


  • Our biggest need is dog and cat food. Our food bills are close to $6,000 per year! We feed any good quality DRY food for dogs and cats. We use very little canned food, we only feed that for an animal that is ill or has a dietary requirement. 

  • We also use regular cat litter. Clumping litter is not used in shelter environments as the litter has to be totally discarded every couple of days, so it is not cost efficient.  

  • We do accept monetary donations. There is a special fund set up for our shelter so we may use the funds for medical needs for a pet or for improvements to the shelter. Checks can be made payable to Livingston County Animal Control and mailed to the Shelter at 418 S. Highlander Way, Howell, MI 48843. 

  • We also accept towels, blankets (thin ones that can run through a washer), wash cloths, and sheets.  

  • We use Kuranda Dog Beds. They are almost indestructible and are great in a shelter were dogs are under stress and like to chew. You can go to and have a dog bed sent directly to us! We do take cloth dog beds, but once they are soiled, they will be discarded. 

  • Our pets can always use toys. It will need to be washable or easily sterilized to prevent the spread of disease from animal to animal.  

  • We belong to VG's program. If you sign up with them we automatically receive 1% of the total receipt, minus alcohol and tobacco. We'll put those donations to good use. We no longer accept the actual receipt.   

  • We no longer use newspaper.