Pets and Wildlife

Pet and livestock rules and rescue; activities, pet emergencies, rescue, adoption and advocacy


Birding Sites

For descriptions and directions to major birding sites in Ann Arbor and beyond, see

Animal Control

Emergency: 911. Humane Society: (734) 662-5585

The City of Ann Arbor Police Department partners with the Humane Society of Huron Valley to respond to animal nuisance complaints, pick up healthy stray animals, and investigate animal bites.

Animals & Society Institute

(734) 677-9240

2512 Carpenter, #202A

A nonprofit human-animal relationship think tank devoted to advancing human knowledge to improve the lives of animals and people hat leads to more humane and compassionate communities. Programs and research will promote the long-term societal changes needed to realize our vision which is to live in a compassionate world where animals flourish. V

Ann Arbor Animal Hospital

(734) 662-4474

2150 W. Liberty

Specializes in small animal care and offers services by appointment, and 24-hr. emergency and critical care services for cats, dogs, and some small mammals.,

Ann Arbor Cat Clinic

(734) 973-9090

3690 Packard

Feline veterinary hospital with an adoption program that places stray cats into permanent homes. Does not accept cats surrendered by their owners.,

Ann Arbor Companion Bird Club

Mary, (313) 492-0826

Education about companion birds and information on nutrition, care, behavior, and rescue. Public may adopt their rescue birds, such as macaws, cockatiels, African Greys, and others. Email to meet a bird. Meets 2nd Sun. 2 p.m. at Pet People, 3330 Washtenaw. During Covid-19: Meetings suspended.,

Ann Arbor Pet Laws

Dog owners must have their pets under “reasonable control”—that is, leashed or confined—at all times; they also are required to clean up after their dogs on both public and private property. Licenses are mandatory for dogs over 6 months. One-year license $6 neutered/$12 unaltered, three-year license $15/$30. No charge for service dogs. Licenses expire on the date of expiration of the rabies vaccination certificate. Search “dog license” at
Owners of all pets must provide proper food, drink, and shelter from the weather for their animals, as well as the medical attention necessary to prevent the animals from suffering. Animals may not be left confined without adequate ventilation.
For more information about city requirements, search “animal control” at

Bird Center of Michigan

(734) 761-9640 (daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m., May-Oct.)

7800 Platt Rd., Saline 48176

Emergency care for orphaned and injured wild songbirds with the intent of returning them to their habitats. Provides referrals for injured waterfowl and raptors such as hawks and owls. During fall and winter when the Platt Rd. Center is not open, the answering machine will direct callers to find help., V

BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital

(734) 971-8774

4126 Packard

Emergency veterinary care for dogs and cats, and specialty services available. ER services daily: 9 a..m.-9 p.m.,

Dog Parks

Broadway and Olson parks are city-maintained off-leash parks; the ten-acre Swift Run park is city- and county-maintained. (Maintenance closures this year at Swift Run. Check website.) All have areas for small dogs and large dogs. Permit required. Read website FAQs before attending. V