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MDARD Announces Grants Helping Michigan's Registered Animal Shelters Better Support Homeless Pets

Taxpayers: Checking the “Animal Welfare Fund” box on your state tax returns helps local shelters meet community needs

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 Animal Welfare Fund grants. This year, MDARD will distribute $150,000 to 34 registered animal shelters throughout the state to support various animal welfare projects thanks to Michiganders who check the “Animal Welfare Fund” on their annual state tax returns.

According to statistics from the American Veterinary Medical Association, Michigan is home to approximately 2.4 million dogs and 1.8 million cats; and some of these animals are in living one of Michigan's 204 registered animal shelters, waiting to become someone's beloved pet.

Grants through the Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund help shelters finance spay/neuter programs, educate others about proper animal care, train staff, and provide the means for maintaining animal health throughout local communities. Collectively, these efforts help shelters to adopt out more animals and promote animal health and welfare in their communities. All of this is made possible by charitable Michiganders checking the fund’s box on Form 4642, Voluntary Contributions Schedule, on their state tax returns.

“Thanks to the generosity and kindness of Michigan taxpayers, MDARD can continue to support the increasing needs of our registered animal shelters," said State Veterinarian Dr. Nora Wineland. "Over the past few years, we have seen a steady increase in not only the number of shelters applying for grants but also in the amount of funds being requested. This funding makes a significant, positive impact on Michigan’s animals and the people who care for them."

One hundred percent of the contributions made to the Animal Welfare Fund goes directly to registered Michigan animal shelters to help them better care for local animals and support their broader community. Since 2010, MDARD has distributed more than $1.8 million to over 283 animal shelters.

For this year’s grant cycle, MDARD received 96 applications from 64 organizations, totaling more than $2 million in requests. Some of the innovative projects selected this year include:

Supplying local law enforcement agencies with microchip scanners so lost pets can be scanned in the field and more quickly reunited with their owners.
Protecting both shelter animals and owned animals throughout the community by expanding vaccination capabilities and opportunities at shelters.
Funding and equipping surgical suites at local animal shelters to not only reduce the stress and cost of shelter animals traveling for care but also serve as a resource for veterinary care for the pets throughout the community.

The following animal shelter organizations received 2023 Animal Welfare Fund grants:

1. A ReJoyceful Animal Rescue - $3,000
2. Addison Veterinary Clinic - $600
3. Alpena County Animal Control - $3,000
4. Al-Van Humane Society - $3,000
5. Arenac County Animal Control - $5,200
6. City of Romulus Animal Shelter - $3,500
7. Clare County Animal Shelter – $10,000
8. Delta Animal Shelter - $5,000
9. Detroit Animal Care & Control - $10,000
10. Eva Burrell Animal Shelter - $6,000
11. Friends of Companion Animals - $3,000
12. Gladwin County Animal Control Shelter - $4,000
13. Gratiot County Animal Shelter - $6,050
14. Greater Hillsdale Humane Society -$4,000
15. Hazel Park Animal Control - $2,000
16. Homeward Bound (Manistee County Humane Society) - $2,000
17. Humane Society of Bay County - $4,000
18. Ingham County Animal Control - $2,800
19. Ionia County Animal Shelter - $5,000
20. Kalamazoo Animal Rescue - $6,000
21. Lake County Animal Control - $11,000
22. Little Traverse Bay Humane Society - $2,000
23. Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers (MAACO) - $3,000
24. Macomb County Animal Control - $4,500
25. McCloud's Lake Haven - $5,000
26. Menominee Animal Shelter - $800
27. Michigan Humane - $2,000
28. Newaygo County Animal Control - $550
29. Otsego County Animal Control & Shelter - $10,000
30. Pound Buddies - $6,000
31. Roscommon County Animal Control - $2,000
32. St. Joseph County Animal Control - $5,000
33. Taylor Animal Shelter - $5,000
34. Van Buren County Animal Control - $5,000

For more information on the Animal Welfare Fund and how to contribute, please visit


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