About Us

Our Mission

macintosh-01We go the extra mile to be a community resource by  providing loving, compassionate care, pet adoption, humane education and services.

Our Goal – Saving Lives!

There are many reasons animals end up in shelters. Financial hardships, personal health problems, or death of an owner often leave very few options for people to keep their pets. The majority of animals coming into our shelter are surrendered by owners who can no longer care for their pets. Our shelter provides peace of mind for these pet owners as well as a safe haven, compassion, and medical care for lost, abandoned, abused, or neglected animals until we can find a suitable, loving home for each one.

ribbonThanks to our staff, volunteers, adopters, and supporters we are ranked among the highest performing shelters in Michigan for animal save rates and adoptions, so you can feel good knowing each animal is receiving the highest quality care possible while we work hard to find them a home.

In 2010 and 2012, we were recognized by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance as the “Outstanding Limited Admission Shelter in Michigan.” for having the highest save rates with the greatest number of adoptions! Read More>>


Our Policies

We are committed to care for each animal we take in for as long as it takes to find them a responsible, permanent, loving home. We are a limited admissions shelter which means we set our own policies for accepting animals (by appointment) to ensure we have the capacity to care for them properly.

We do not accept “drop offs.” We are not responsible for animal control and do not have any authority to investigate reports of animal abuse, cruelty, or neglect.

We do not euthanize animals due to space, time, breed or age. Our policy is to humanely euthanize an animal only in cases of severe temperament or untreatable health issues. When space allows, we often take in animals from other shelters where they may be at risk of being euthanized simply due to lack of space, time limits, or policies at other shelters.

Learn more about our policies to surrender a pet>>


Our Services

Since opening our shelter in 2003, the HSLC has continued to grow and expand services to the public including high quality, cost effective veterinary care for routine vaccinations, microchipping, and other types of preventative care. We also offer the public low cost spay/ neuter services.  Learn more about our Services:

Pet Adoptions

Lost and Found Support

Clinic Services

Spay/Neuter Services

Community Pet Food Pantry

Humane Education


Our Funding Sources

We are an independent, non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors (uncompensated). We are not affiliated with any other animal organization, rescue, or humane society.

We are funded by private donations, adoption fees, and our own fundraising activities. We do not receive tax dollars.  We rely on the generosity of people like you for financial and volunteer support to care for over 900 animals each year plus respond to thousands of requests to help many more in our community.  Learn How You Can Help>>