Surrendering an Animal

Surrendering an Animal

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. *Your driver’s license is required.  Certain times of the year we can be full so make sure to reach out to other agencies and recues. The shelter has a list of local shelters and rescues that may be able to assist if we are full. 

There are two shelters in Livingston County. One is owned and operated by the Michigan Humane. The other is operated by Livingston County. The two shelters are not connected, each works independently. Either organization may be able to help you, but please call before bringing your animal in!

MHS phone number is (517) 552-8050. Please be aware that they do not open until noon on weekdays and weekends.

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 (PDF IconDog Intake Profile Form - PDF IconCat 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, 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.

PDF IconDog Owner Intake Profile Form

PDF IconCat Owner Intake Profile Form

 FAQs

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I can’t keep my pet anymore, where can I get help?,

There are two shelters in Livingston County.  One is owned and operated by the Humane Society the other is owned and operated by Livingston County. There is no connection between the two shelters.  Either organization may be able to help you, but please call before bringing your animal in!

The Humane Society of Livingston County’s number is (517) 552-8050. Please be aware that they do not open until noon on weekdays and weekends.

You can reach us (517) 546-2154. We only accept animals from within Livingston County. 

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.

Can I bring my pet to the shelter? ,

Yes – if you live in Livingston County. Please call us before bringing your animal in! Space may be limited and we have limitations on the types of pets that we can take.

 
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 online pet profile. 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.

What type of pets do you accept?,

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

I don’t live in Livingston County, will you take my pet?,

No. We are funded with tax dollars from Livingston County and as a result we can’t take pets from other counties.