Michigan Animal Shelter Registration Details & FAQ
- Expires: Does not expire; new registration required for new location or new ownership.
- Fee: No fee
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: Animal Industry Division at 517-284-5769
- Forms: Animal Shelter Application
- Directory: Current Directory of Michigan Registered Shelters
Who needs an Animal Shelter Registration?
- A municipality that operates a housing facility for the impoundment and care of dogs, cats, and other specific animals that are:
strays, lost, or surrendered by their owners,
impounded or otherwise being held for animal law violations.
A person, a business, or a non-profit organization that operates a housing facility for the care of dogs, cats, and other specific animals that are:
surrendered by their owners,
transferred or adopted from other shelters and otherwise homeless.
Housing facilities includes a separate room, building, or area used to contain a primary enclosure(s) such as cages, kennels, or community cat rooms.
Organizations that operate solely through a network of foster homes where the animal lives in the home as their pet would do not qualify for a shelter registration as they do not have a housing facility.
How Do I Apply for a Registration?
Contact the Animal Industry Division at 517-284-5769, 800-292-3939, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding operating an animal shelter and the specific facility requirements.
Complete the Animal Shelter Registration Application (Form AH-025) and submit to our Lansing Office. Once the application is found to be complete, it will be forwarded to program staff to initiate an inspection.
- Your shelter must pass a facility inspection before a registration will be issued, therefore it should be reasonably ready at the time you apply for the registration.
Resources & Forms for Registered Shelters
*NEW* Public Act 287 was recently updated and changes were made to the importation requirements for dogs and cats going to animal shelters. There are now age-related, vaccination and treatment requirements.
For animal shelters that receive animals from other states, importation requirements for specific animals can be found on MDARD’s animal movement pages.
Each registered shelter is required to annually report their animal statistics for the prior year by March 31st of the subsequent year. The statistics are a portion of the records that shelters are required to keep for at least two years. The report elements focus on companion animals by age and alteration status at the time of adoption. Other information includes total number of animals adopted, transferred to other registered shelters, reunited with their owners, and euthanized.
- Forms for Registered Shelters
- Individual Annual Reports
- Compiled Reports
- Animal Shelter Policies:
Animal Welfare Fund
The Animal Welfare Fund Act, Act 132 of 2007, allows Michigan taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to the fund via Income Tax Form 4642. MDARD oversees the fund and annually offers grants to promote:
An increase in the number of Michigan shelters’ dogs and cats that are spayed or neutered prior to adoption,
Educating the public on the proper care of animals, and
Anti-cruelty training for animal law enforcement personnel.
- Michigan’s homeless shelter animals are the primary beneficiaries of these donated dollars.
- Forms: 2016 Michigan Voluntary Contribution Schedule (Form 4642)
- Resources: The Animal Welfare Fund, Act 132 of 2007
Anyone who receives grant payments from the State of Michigan must be registered with the State Budget Office’s Contract & Payment Express Vendor & Payee Registration to receive payments via Direct Deposit (Electronic Funds Transfer). More information on how to register can be found on their website: Contract & Payment Express (C&PE)
Laws and Regulations
The most frequently-used laws and regulations regarding animal care, shelters, shelter animals, and animal control agencies:
Pet Shops, Dog Pounds and Animal Shelters: Public Act 287 of 1969, as amended
Defines control shelters, protection shelters, requires registration, identifies import requirements for cats and dogs to Michigan pet shops.
Regulation 151 (Pet Shops, Dog Pounds and Animal Shelters):
Contains animal care, facility, personnel, and recordkeeping requirements for operating an animal shelter. It covers the compliance areas that MDARD field staff review when visiting shelters.
Dog Law of 1919: Public Act 339 of 1919
Provides for the licensing of dogs and kennels, empowers local ordinances, and provides for local animal control.
Regulation 129: Governing Dog Kennels
Provides minimum kennel requirements for kennels licensed and inspected by local units of government per the Dog Law.
Registration and Identification of Dogs; Public Act 309 of 1939
Requires reporting of stray dog to local animal law enforcement agency within 48 hours.
Michigan Penal Code (Chapter IX animals): Public Act 328 of 1931 (as amended)
Provides minimum standard of care for animals, defines animal neglect, defines animal cruelty, and provides penalties.
How Do I File A Complaint About A Shelter?
If you have concerns about the care of the animals and the conditions of an animal shelter, you may file an on-line complaint with MDARD. Please include the name and location of the facility, the time and date you were at the facility, and specific animal information (for example: black & white small dog in the adoption ward “Freddy.”)
If you have an animal welfare complaint involving a pet store, kennel, breeder, or livestock animals, you need to contact the local animal law enforcement agency (animal control, sheriff, police) where the facility is located for potential penal code and/or local ordinance violations. For more information regarding animal control agencies in Michigan, please see: http://www.maacoweb.com/
Please contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development directly at 1-800-292-3939 with additional questions.