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Otsego County Animal Control &

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Otsego County Animal Control is a NO-KILL of adoptable pets municapality (county operated) animal control department and animal shelter. We enforce state and local animal control ordinances, take in strays and owner surrendered animals, and adopt out animals. We do not euthanize animals unless they are considered unadoptable per our policy. The success of this no-kill policy is due in large to a great spay/neuter program in place within the county.

Friends for Life of Otsego County, Inc.(FFL) is a non-profit, 501-3(c) organization dedicated to helping save the lives of pets in Otsego County. Friends for Life, Inc. has contributed to the success of Otsego County's "No Kill of Adoptable Pets Policy" in which no animals are euthanized unless they are deemed aggressive or medically untreatable. This policy is successful due to a great spay/neuter effort in which FFL has played a key role. Beginning in 1999 with the implementation of the no-kill policy , FFL has helped raise funds to spay/neuter thousands of animals and significantly reduce the number of dog and cat litters brought to the shelter.


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Donate To Save Lives

If you are interested in helping to save lives by making a donation, please send contributions to the following address or call for more information. All donations are tax deductable.

Otsego County Animal Control
256 Fairview
Gaylord, MI 49735

Friends for Life
PO Box 1596
Gaylord, MI 49734

Donate A Pet Bed To Otsego County Animal Control
Donate a Bed
We 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.

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Adopting A Friend

Dogs- $55
*Fee includes current MI dog license (required by state law) which is is redeemable once you have the dog vaccinated against rabies (must be performed by licensed veterinarian).
*Most of our animals are spayed or neutered at the time of adoption. If they are not, $25 of the $55 is refundable once you show proof of having the animal spayed/neutered.
* If not already spayed/neutered, you must sign a legally binding contract to have this done within a specified time frame.

Cats- $45
*Our animals are spayed or neutered at the time of adoption. .

*Cats and Dogs are given a booster vaccine and de-wormed upon arriving at the shelter.

Submitting An Animal

There is a small fee for owner surrendered dogs and all cats. This allows the person surrendering the animal to be responsible for off-setting the cost of any vaccines, medications, medical treatment or food needed while housed at the shelter. The usual fee for submitting an animal is $20, please contact the shelter for more information.

Otsego County Animal Control
256 Fairview
Gaylord, MI 49735

The animal shelter is located on Fairview St across from entrance to the Otsego County Fairgrounds .

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