Lost & Found Pets - MHS Policy on Strays

Unfortunately, since the late 1980's, Missaukee County has been without an animal control department.  All animal control issues are handled by the Missaukee County Sheriff's Department.  231-839-4338 ext 1 

Missaukee Humane Society (MHS) currently has an agreement with Missaukee County to take in and house stray dogs found within Missaukee County. 

Animals admitted as stray were found (running at large, etc).  Daily reports of strays are shared with the Missaukee County Sheriff's Department.  Once admitted, the animal will be held for the required holding period set forth by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.  Michigan Law requires animal shelters and animal control agencies to hold stray animals for 4 days (without a collar or identification) and 7 days (with a collar or identification).  If an owner is known, he or she will be served with a certified letter.

A $15.00 pick up fee (per day) will be charged for reclaiming your pet. 

Our policy is to vaccinate upon intake if no identification is attached to the animal whereas an owner can be contacted right away.  Those charges are not included in the $15 per day charge.  Animals not claimed during the holding period will be made available for adoption once their stray hold is lifted. 

State Law requires dogs over 16 weeks of age to be licensed with your county.

Lost & Founds are shared on our Facebook page.  Click here




It is Michigan Law that you report a found dog within 48 hours to your local animal control, sheriff's department, or local animal shelter.

This gives owners a chance to be reunited with their lost pet.
Too often we hear "He's been missing for 2 weeks." What?!

It is critical to call and report your lost pet as soon as possible!  

We also share a Lost Pet Alert on our social media to help spread the word. 

(231) 839-3800  Shelter 

(231) 839-4338 x 1  Sheriff Dept

License your pet in the county you reside.

Missaukee County residents can license here:

County Treasurer
111 S. Canal Street   Lake City, MI  49651
(231) 839-4967


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