Pets in our Shelter

"  Animals coming into the Animal Control shelter, for the most part, are stray or abandoned. There is little or no known information about these animals. Stray/abandoned animals are normally held seven to ten days at the shelter waiting for their owner to claim them, after which time they may become available for adoption.

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!

The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, a vet check, heartworm test, and vaccinations including rabies and distemper.
*Eaton County residents will also be required to purchase a 1 year dog license at an additional cost.

Please consider adoption as you might just find your new best friend at our shelter!
To look at or adopt one of the pets posted below, please visit the shelter.
D 371

 D 366

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 is currently establishing 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.



Eaton County Animal Control would like to extend an extra special thank you to the following groups & organizations:

 Charlotte Peeble's Store & its customers for the donation made to our Special Care Fund

East Side Quilters group for the homemade dog beds



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. 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.
You can also apply for licenses through mail: CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE APPLICATION
***NEW*** Dog licensing is now available on-line! Click here to learn more!


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