Who We are

We are a County-funded Animal Shelter serving the towns of Roscommon, Higgins Lake, St Helen, Houghton Lake, Prudenville and part of Gladwin. Most animals that come to our shelter are found as strays, but we attempt to help people find homes for unwanted pets as room at the shelter allows. Our staff and volunteers are committed to the humane treatment of animals. We try to educate the public as best we can, when we can.

Most of the animals coming into the shelter are strays and we have little or no information as to their backgrounds. All we can tell you is how they react while in our care. They do not come into the shelter toting medical reports or breed identification. We would love to be able to vet every animal that came into our facility but that is just not possible. So our information as to medical conditions will be limited to what we observe at the shelter or if they were vetted while in our care.

We are a county-run facility and we try our best to treat the injured and the very ill but we have limited funds. We can only give you an educated guess as to what their breed might be. Many times we disagree among ourselves as to what breed an animal might be. Only an animal's mother or a DNA test would be able to tell us for sure what the heritage would be.

There are many beautiful animals at our shelter waiting for new homes and new beginnings. We do same-day adoptions and encourage potential adopters to bring their canine family members to the shelter to meet their new brother or sister. That gives us an idea as to how the dogs are going to get along once they adjust. Slow introductions in neutral territory can make all the difference.

The cost of doing business

The economy has taken a toll on the Animal Shelters as well as everyone else. It cost more for food, immunizations and veterinary care and we are forced to increase our adoption fees. Unaltered cats are $40,  altered cats are $50; unaltered dogs are $100, altered dogs  are $130, or $150 with shots and microchip.


Our shelter has made a commitment to our county to try and get the cat population under control. Nothing is more stressful than kitten season when it is a never ending stream of kittens coming into the shelter. Many die and others suffer needlessly. What is so hard is trying to save them all, it is very stressful. We are offering low cost neutering and spaying of all cats. Male cats are $40.00 for neutering and females are $50.00. Stop by the shelter to sign up your cat.