AuSable Valley Animal Shelter

Our Pet List

Donations help our furry friends!

This page updated December 31, 2010


AuSable Valley Animal Shelter has its own website, allowing us to show you even more pictures and videos of our pets! Visit!

Petfinder Foundation makes it easy to give, too!

It's not wonderful enough to have this free website to help us find homes for hundreds of dogs and cats awaiting adoption at AuSable Valley Animal Shelter, now the Foundation has accepted our shelter to participate in their new "Sponsor-A-Pet" program!

Go to any one of our wonderful dogs or cats on our Pet List and notice the new "Sponsor-A-Pet" box. Click on the line to learn more and you will find a number of ways to help homeless animals. OR just click on "Sponsor Me" on any pets biography and help pay for the care and feeding of that animal through a highly secure electronic donation. It will only take a few minutes to make a donation using your credit or debit card!

We are so proud to be part of this new program and sincerely hope some of you are able to help sponsor a pet to help defray our growing costs at our new facility. Remember, we have gone from 13 kennels to 27 kennels, as well as an increased cat population. The animals are counting on you for your support!


You can help out the shelter animals by choosing the Animal Shelter of Crawford County (our corporate name) when you shop online through, and Just go to each site and sign up to shop and have 1-35% of your purchase donated to our shelter! Registering at either site is fast and easy. Hundreds of merchants everyone is familiar with are participating in this new way of fundraising and we hope you will sign up today! We would like to thank supporter Sherri Fairbanks for introducing this concept to us!

Other Ways to Help...

If you would like to help feed the animals, we accept donations of the following dog foods: Pedigree Adult Small Crunchy Bites, Purina Adult Dog Food (in the green bag only) and Diamond Brand Adult Dog Food. We also accept donations of Whiskas brand dry cat food and kitty litter. We try to keep all the animals on a steady diet of one brand of food to avoid digestive problems, so we prefer sticking with these brands. Donations of clean old blankets, pillows and towels are always welcome, as well as toys and treats for both cats and dogs. We accept return deposit beverage cans and bottles AND your Spartan UPC labels for redemption. The UPCs can be mailed to us at our P.O. Box address. THANK YOU!

Traveling "up north" with a pet? Let us know if your pet is lost!

Many people are visiting northern Michigan for outdoor activities. We believe some lose their pets, but don't know to come to the shelter to find them. Many of our newest arrivals are very nice dogs that have obviously been well cared for by loving owners. If you or anyone you know has visited or passed through the Grayling area and lost a pet, the shelter wants to hear from you! Let us know about your lost pet and be sure to check our Pet List to see if your dog or cat is posted there. He or she just may be waiting for you at our shelter right now! We love to find new adoptive homes for the dogs and cats, but we would really like some happy reunions, too... for the PET'S SAKE! Call us at (989) 348-4117 or email us at: and let's have some happy reunions

Check Out Our Fine Furry Friends!

There are several animals on our Pet List available for adoption, many of which have been altered, a few are waiting to be spayed or neutered, up to date on their shots and all dogs are microchipped. They are all wonderful characters! Be sure to take a look at all of them!

Adopting a New Friend

Spayed or neutered Large, Medium & Small dogs are $150

Spayed or neutered adult cats $80-$100

Spayed or neutered kittens $80-$100

Senior dogs $100

Unaltered pups $150 + $25 spay/neuter deposit (Includes cost of surgery at Grayling Hospital for Animals; $25 refunded when proof of surgery is submitted to the shelter within the agreed time frame.)

Unaltered kittens - Males $80 + $25 neuter deposit; Females $100 + $25 spay deposit (Includes cost of surgery at Grayling Hospital for Animals; $25 refunded when proof of surgery is submitted to the shelter within the agreed time frame.)

Remember... Michigan Law states all animals adopted from shelters must be spayed/neutered. If you adopt an unaltered animal from us, YOU MUST have it spayed or neutered within the time frame you agree to on your signed adoption agreement. IT'S THE LAW! Part of your adoption fee will be a $25 deposit which you will be refunded once you show us proof of alteration from a licensed veterinarian within your agreed to time frame. To do otherwise would be to break the law. We follow up on the adoptions from our shelter of all unaltered animals. The best thing you can do for your dog or cat, besides loving it, providing shelter and food, is to have them SPAYED OR NEUTERED!

Check out these on-line training videos... And... THEY'RE FREE!

Come and visit our shelter!

Our happy, little shelter is located in the northwest corner of the old Crawford County Fairgrounds. Entrance is east off of Old US 27, a few miles north of the city of Grayling. We hope you will stop in and visit us soon! Our hours are listed at the bottom of this page.

We continue to raise funds through various events and activities, but we really need monetary donations to the building fund to help pay off the $365,000 loan balance ASAP! All donations are tax-deductible as we are a 501c3 nonprofit organization and not a county funded agency. Donations may be sent to: AuSable Valley Animal Shelter, "Building Fund", P.O. Box 384, Grayling, MI 49738-0384. DONATIONS ARE ALSO NEEDED FOR DAILY OPERATION EXPENSES. Thank you!

Shelter hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sundays & many Holidays. After hours appointments can often be made to fit your schedule.

Who We Are

We are people looking to find animals good homes and give them the best care we can provide. We work very hard to make sure every animal gets the love that it deserves. We started posting pets on the internet because we have wonderful animals at our facility and not just people in our community should know about them. Other people should, too. It gives them a better chance at finding new, loving forever homes! We do this for the sake of all our animals.

AuSable Valley Animal Shelter
(a division of Animal Shelter of Crawford County)
P.O. Box 384
5786 Fairground Lane
Grayling, MI 49738-0384
Phone: (989) 348-4117

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Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

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