Shelter to Home Animal Shelter, Michigan


Our new website is under construction. The new site will have a whole section about our lifesaving numbers. We believe in euthanasia only in the truest meaning of the word - when an animal is irremediably suffering. So in that sense, we save the life of every animal we rescue. In 2017, we took in 192 animals. We had to let six go because they were irremediably suffering, and one senior dog died peacefully in her foster home. That makes our simple lifesaving rate 96.4% in 2017 (7 / 192). Here's a breakdown of our numbers:

  • We started 2017 with 11 adult dogs, 0 puppies, 112 adult cats, & 14 kittens.
  • We rescued 15 adult dogs, 4 puppies, 44 adult cats, and 106 kittens.
  • We had 3 adult dogs, 0 puppies, 19 adult cats, and 1 kitten returned to us.
  • We celebrated the adoptions of 14 adult dogs, 2 puppies, 82 adult cats, and 86 kittens.
  • One adult dog died peacefully in her foster home.
  • We let go (euthanized) 1 adult dog, 1 puppy, 3 adult cats, and 1 kitten.

Shelter to Home started as an informal grassroots effort back in 2005. Local citizens were astonished by the high kill rates at their local animal shelter. Stray animals were not held long enough for their owners to be found; they were simply killed when no one came for them. That was until a small group of local women decided to make a difference by turning their local dog pound into an animal shelter.

What started out as a small effort, with only a handful of local citizens making a difference, doubled and then tripled. Animals that found their way to the dog pound were finding new homes or were placed with service or rescue organizations. What a difference a group of caring people can make in just one, small community!

As it set higher goals, the group grew into what became Shelter to Home and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2007. The organization now has over 100 volunteers who provide assistance to many local municipal animal shelters and pounds.

Our foster-based rescue program saves an average of between 200-500 animals every year.

Once in the Shelter to Home foster program, the animals are cared for until they are adopted. Animals are never euthanized due to time limitations or space constraints. Volunteers provide loving and dependable care for these animals by spaying and neutering each prior to adoption, and putting time and effort into finding each the perfect forever home.

Finding homes for 200-500 animals each year is no easy task. The animals in Shelter to Home’s care are featured on and taken to adoption events. Shelter to Home has an excellent reputation in the local community for the services it provides.


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