Sanilac County Animal Shelter

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The Sanilac County Animal Control Shelter is dedicated to the welfare of the animals in Sanilac County. The Sanilac County Animal Control & Shelter is a governmental agency and is funded with tax dollars. Many tasks of our animal control is, but not limited to....

1. Investigating animal cruelty.
2. Picking up stray and unwanted animals for the safety of the animals and citizens.
3. Housing and caring for stray and unwanted animals at the shelter.
4. Promoting the adoption of animals to caring and responsible pet owners.
5. Enforcing leash laws and other state animal control laws.
6. Providing the humane euthanasia/disposal of unwanted stray animals.
7. Advocating the spay and neuter of all pets due to the overwhelming amount of homeless animals.
8. Educating the public about responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.
9. Assisting owners of lost pets.
10. Assisting owners of pets that they can no longer keep.

The Sanilac County Animal Shelter is located in a very rural area and only consists of 14 dog kennels and 6 cat cages. Although we try very hard, not all of our animals are placed and unfortunately have to be humanely euthanized due to limited space and funding. One full time animal control officer is employed at Sanilac County Animal Control.


Please note that many of our pets have come in as strays, so we do not know any backround or history on them. If you are interested in adopting a pet on our site, please email us ( ) for an adoption application. The adoption application is required before you can adopt a pet. This is for you and your family’s benefit and our pets’ benefit. The application tells us about the applicant and helps guide us in placing the correct animal in the right forever home. Once a COMPLETED application is received, a representative of SCACS will review your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. SCACS reserves the right to refuse an application. By filling out an application, you are not obligated to adopt an animal from us and you are not guaranteed one of ours. Please also be aware that it normally takes anywhere from 1-10 days to process an application.


Dogs & Puppies are $60.00. Cats & Kittens are $50.00. All adopted pets must be spayed or neutered within 30 days of adoption by law. Once altered you are refunded $30.00.


Millions of pets (even purebreds!) die each year because of the countless number of animals brought into shelters everyday. There's just not enough homes to go around for everyone.

OBEDIENCE TRAINING IS A MUST FOR ANY DOG. Both the owner and dog will live a happier life. Training also helps in case of accidents when your dog may get loose. Basically and most importantly, proper training can prevent a lot of mishaps with your animals.


Donations are greatly appreciated. Suggested items are as follows:

    Blankets and/or rugs, Pet Beds, Clorox Bleach, Soap (hand, dish, and laundry), Dog & Cat Treats, Dog & Cat Food- Canned and Kibbles, CAT LITTER, CANNED CAT FOOD, KONGS, LARGE AND X-LARGE NYLABONES, stainless steel bowls, foldable wire crates, kennel fencing, flea control, grooming supplies- such as brushes, combs, shampoos and conditioners, electric dog hair clippers, scissors, toe nail clippers, and monetary donations for vet care are always appreciated.
Donate a BedWe have chosen Kuranda dog beds for our boarding facilities because they are so good for our dogs. We still don't have enough for all of our kennels. If you would like to donate a bed so another dog can sleep in proper comfort, please click here.


Adoption, Viewing, and Drop Off hours are:

Monday - Friday from 9am-10am & 2:00pm - 4:00pm

We are short staffed and very busy at times. We try to be here at those times mentioned above, but sometimes it is impossible to be here during those hours due to overwhelming complaints and emergencies. So, please understand and be patient with us if we are not here. We are sorry for any inconvenience.


The shelter is located in Sandusky, just East of Yager Auto Parts on the South side of the road (E. Sanilac St.), directly behind the DPW Garages. The shelter is a small yellow brick building.

Sanilac County Animal Control & Shelter
35 S. Stoutenburg Rd.
Sandusky, MI 48471
To contact regarding ADOPTING A PET please call Phone: (989) 672-3863
To contact regarding complaints, lost and found animals, or strays, please contact Phone (810) 648 - 4831. Email:


If interested in adopting, please fill out the adoption application below. Please Note: if you do not fill out the form completely, it will not allow you to submit the application.

Which animal are you interested in?
What is your address?
What is the best number to reach you at?
Email Address:
What is your date of birth?
Name of Employer with address and phone number.
Who is currently living in your home? Adults
Children Under 5
Children Over 5
Are you expecting a child/planning a family? Yes
Are the other members of your household in agreement with the adoption? Yes
Haven't Discussed
Who are you adopting this pet for? Yourself
Someone Else
If you are adopting for someone else, please explain.
What is your reason for adopting? Please check all that apply. Favorite Breed and/or color
Couldn't Resist
Teach Responsibility
To Breed
Felt sorry for the animal
Have you ever adopted in the past? If so, from whom and when?
Please list your veterinarian and a contact phone number for them
Can you afford regular veterinary care for the pet?
Can you afford to provide care if the animal needs surgery, is ill, or in case of an emergency?
Do you agree to have annual checkups and all vaccinations administered by a licensed veterinarian?
Do you agree to comply with all laws regarding animals in your state, county, and township?
Please list all pets that you have had in the past five years. Please list each by name, breed, sex, spayed or neutered, Current on shots, and where they are now.
If you have an animal in your residence, and you have introduced it to a new animal how did your pet react? No Animals Currently
Difficult Adjustment
Have not introduced to new animals
Will anyone be home for the new animal?
How long will the animal be left alone and where will it stay?
Where will the new animal be housed?
Is your yard completely fenced in and what type? Please check all that apply. No
Split Rail
Privacy Fence
Do you currently rent or own your home? Rent
If renting, please provide a name and contact number for your landlord.
What type of home? Apartment
Mobile Home
Have you checked your area for breed restrictions? Please explain what restrictions there are.
Do you plan on doing obedience training with your new dog? Yes
What method will you use to deter destructive behavior (chewing, relieving in the house, etc)?
How often and what type of exercise do you plan on giving the pet?
If you move in the future, what will you do with the animal?
I certify that the above information is correct and true to the best of my knowledge. Yes

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