About Us



The Royal Oak Animal Shelter is operated as a city service under management of the Royal Oak Police Department. Our goals are to provide a safe haven for lost animals or animals given up by their owners; to reunite lost animals with their human companions, and to provide the best possible adoptions of available animals into the home best suited to their personalities. 


How to Help the ROAS

The Royal Oak Animal Shelter will continue to operate as long as funds are available. We accept donations from individuals and we partner with various groups and organizations to hold fundraising events.



Volunteers are the back-bone of the Shelter; we are always in need of regular volunteers who can clean cages and/or walk dogs. Interested persons must be at least 18 years of age, or older; we may accept persons needing community service hours, depending on their availability, and our needs.

All completed applications should be turned into the Royal Oak Police Department for final approval. Volunteers are needed:

  • Mon-Fri: 2-7PM
  • Sat: 9-3PM
  • Sun: 9-Noon

Click here to download a volunteer application.


Make a Donation

The Animal Shelter is a member of the ROOTS Foundation, established by the city to accept donations and endowments for the improvement of civic institutions.  Donations and bequests may be designated for specific projects at the Animal Shelter. Click here for further information on Royal Oak Opportunity To Serve (ROOTS) Foundation.


Donate with a check

Monetary donations are always needed; all of our animals receive full veterinary care, and as you can imagine our costs are usually high! If you want to make a donation, checks should be made out to THE ROYAL OAK ANIMAL SHELTER.

If the gift is an honorarium, please include the honoree's name and address in the memo section of the check or on a separate sheet of paper.

Acknowledgements will be sent to the honoree and a receipt will be mailed to the donor. Memorials are handled similarly, with the family of the memorialized person or pet receiving acknowledgment. (Click here for a downloadable "In Memoriam Form" you can send with your donation.) All checks are tax deductible for the donor, as the money serves a public purpose.

Checks may be mailed to or dropped off in person at the Shelter (1515 N. Edgeworth, Royal Oak 48067)

We provide receipts for all donations. If you mail in a donation, the receipt will be mailed to you within 2-3 weeks. If you do not receive a receipt, please contact the shelter to let us know so that we may insure your donation is acknowledged.


Donation Item Wish List

Supplies donated to the animal shelter are always appreciated. Here are the items we need most:

  • Kitty litter (We have a promotion at Pet Supplies Plus!)
  • Fancy Feast Canned Kitten Food
  • Purina Kitten Chow
  • Dry cat food (prefer Purina varities with little or no color)
  • Canned cat food
  • Canned kitten milk (KMR)
  • Cat scratchers from stretchandscratch.com
  • Litter pans (medium size)
  • Canned dog food
  • Dry dog food (we prefer varieties with little or no color
  • Dog treats (like Pupperoni)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bleach
  • Laundry soap
  • Hand soap
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Black Trash Bags - large size
  • Scrub brushes
  • Examination gloves (size medium or large)
  • Paper towels
  • Towels
  • No sheets or comforters please

Special thanks to Pet Supplies Plus for their ongoing partnership and successful kitty litter promotion. Anyone can buy a bag of kitty litter for the shelter from Pet Supplies Plus at 29402 Woodward and they will hold it for us until we pick it up; we make regular trips for bulk buying. You don't have to lift it, but you can donate it - what could be easier?

Please leave us your name and address so that we can acknowledge your kind gift! We will either email you or send you a sweet postcard.

Adopting A Friend

Fostering a Dog

We are looking for some serious dog foster families. We are a very small shelter and are almost always full with dogs (we only have 8 kennels). By providing one of our dogs your home, you will not only be helping us by freeing up kennels, but helping a dog transition faster and more easily into his new, permanent home.

If you are interested in fostering, please be aware that you will most likely be fostering an adult, large-breed dog (i.e. Shepherd's, Labs, Pits). Many of these dogs have little or no training, so by taking the time to foster a dog, you will help teach him some much needed obedience and manners! Most of the dogs are young adults, but on occasion, we may have an older puppy (8 months, e.g.); very, very rarely we may get a young puppy (3 months).

Be aware that you might be fostering the dog for a period of several weeks or even months and if you need to return the dog for any reason before he is adopted, there may be a wait if cage space is not available. We are looking for "long-term" fostering (e.g. a few weeks to a month), not just a weekend or overnight sleep-overs. Also, we are not responsible for any damages that may occur while the dog is in your possession.

How It Works

Before the dog leaves for his "vacation" at your house, we will take his picture and put his profile on our petfinder.com site (if it's not there already). When we get interested applicants, we will make an appointment for the dog and family to meet. If everything goes well and the family is approved, you will have to say "good-bye" to your new friend. When you are ready, you may foster another dog from the shelter. What happens if you fall in love and cant part with the dog you have? Let us know before we begin appointments and we'll go through the adoption process with you!

Still interested? Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Take them shopping, let them sleep in your bed, take them out on walks in the neighborhood - we know the dogs will appreciate anything and everything you do for them! We will provide food, medical care, and any other equipment (crates, leashes, etc.) you might need. Click Here to download our foster form with more info; fill it out and return it to the shelter.


Who We Are



Come Visit Us

  • Address: 1515 N. Edgeworth, Royal Oak, MI 48067
  • Phone: (248) 246-3364
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 4- 7 p.m.; Saturday,  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Visit the Animal Shelter on Pet Finder:  http://www.roas.petfinder.com/

Contact Royal Oak Animal Shelter


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