Pets in our Shelter

If you see your pet on this web page, or see one you may be interested in adopting, please contact the shelter at 517-543-5755 ext 1, during regular business hours. While we make every effort to post pictures as soon as possible, there may be animals in the shelter that are not yet posted. If you are missing a pet that is not shown below please call or stop into the shelter. 

Impounding Fee
(First Offense) $20.00
(Second Offense) $30.00
(Third Offense) $50.00
(Additional Offenses within a one year period from the date of last offense) $50.00
Boarding Fee
$5.00 for the first day and $4.00 for each additional day
No dog over 4 months of age may be released without proof of a valid Michigan dog license!

If a stray dog goes unclaimed after the legal holding period, it may become available for adoption. Our adoption fee includes spay/neuter, heartworm testing, and rabies & distemper vaccinations.
*Eaton County residents will also be required to purchase a 1 year dog license at an additional fee.

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Adoption - Clinics


Every Saturday at Pet Smart in Lansing off from Saginaw Hwy and at the Petco in East Lansing.

Call Eaton County Humane Society for more information at 269-749-9440.




Animal Control

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  Eaton County Animal Control

756 Courthouse Drive 

Charlotte, MI 48813


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Eaton County Animal Control is a law enforcement agency. Animal Control is not a humane society or an animal rescue. Animal Control is a division of the Sheriff's Office under the direction of Sheriff, Tom Reich. This branch of the Sheriff's Office handles and investigates complaints involving domestic animals.
Complaints involving non-domestic animals are the responsibility of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (517) 284-6210.

Shelter Hours:

The shelter is open to the public Monday - Friday (except holidays) from 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

Services Provided by Animal Control Include:

  • Public Education Concerning Animal Care and Related Laws
  • Enforcement of State and County Laws Regarding Animals
  • Stray/Abandoned Dogs
  • Dogs/Livestock At Large
  • Dog Licensing
  • Animal Bites/Vicious Animals
  • Animal Cruelty/Abuse/Neglect Investigations
  • Animal Adoptions
To request service or to be contacted by an Animal Control Officer, please call Eaton County Central Dispatch at 517-543-3510
and follow the prompt.   If your call is an emergency you may call dial 911.
Eaton County Animal Control has a special care fund. The purpose of this fund is to pay medical expenses for seriously injured animals that are in our care.
Anyone wishing to contribute to this fund, please send your donation to:               Eaton County Animal Control
                                                                                                                                              756 Courthouse Dr.
                                                                                                                                              Charlotte, MI 48813
For questions, please call 517-543-5755 extension 1.




Licensing Requirements: All citizens in the state of Michigan are required to license their dogs four months or older.  A current rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed Michigan Veterinarian is required in order to license dogs.  There is no reciprocity for out of state dog licenses, however, dog licenses from other Michigan counties are recognized.  We begin selling licenses for the upcoming year on December 1st, and the deadline for a dog license purchase is May 31st. Licenses are only valid for the calendar year (January 1st - Decemeber 31st) and must be renewed annually.

License Fees:

Spayed/neutered dogs       $10.00
Sexed dogs                            $15.00
Late fee (after May 31st)    $30.00
Dog licenses may be purchased in person at the County Treasurer's Office, the Animal Control shelter, and at many of the township offices.  A valid vaccination certificate must be presented at the time of purchase.  The County Treasurer's Office is open Monday - Friday (except holidays) from 8:00am - 5:00pm and is located at 1045 Independence Blvd. in Charlotte, Michigan. The Eaton County Animal Control shelter is open Monday-Friday (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m- 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. and is located at 756 Courthouse Dr. in Charlotte, Michigan. Note that the Animal Shelter only takes cash or checks but the Treasurer's Office will take cards as well. Licenses purchased after the regular due dates can only be purchased at the Animal Control shelter, the Treasurer's Office, and at the Delta Township Office.
 2018 Dog Licensing & Renewal  
New and renewal dog licensing for 2018 began December 1. Any dog four months or older needs a new or renewed license.  For unfixed/intact dogs the fee is $15. For spayed and neutered dogs the fee is $10. Avoid a $30 delinquent fee by renewing your dog license now.  Pet owners can renew or get new licenses from the convenience of their homes by going to the county treasurer’s dog license websiteAll revenue taken in from dog licenses supports Eaton County Animal Control.  Licensing protects public health and welfare and helps assure the safety of your pet.
  • At the Eaton County Animal Control at 756 Courthouse Drive in Charlotte from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily  
  • At the county treasurer’s office in Charlotte 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  
  • At your local township, city, or village office until March 1. 
You can also apply for licenses through mail: CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE APPLICATION
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