Pets and Wildlife

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


Animal Control

Emergency: 911
Humane Society: (734) 662–5585

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

Animals & Society Institute

2512 Carpenter, ste. 202A

(734) 677–9240

A nonprofit human-animal relationship think tank devoted to advancing human knowledge to improve the lives of animals and people that leads to more humane and compassionate communities. V

Ann Arbor Animal Hospital

2150 W. Liberty

(734) 662–4474

Specializes in small animal care and offers services by appointment Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. for cats, dogs, and some small mammals. Emergency and urgent care is available during office hours and Sat. & Sun. 2-6 p.m.,

Ann Arbor Cat Clinic

3690 Packard

(734) 9739090

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) 4920826

Education about companion birds and information on nutrition, care, behavior, and rescue. Public may adopt their rescue birds, such as macaws, cockatiels, African grays, and others. Email to meet a bird. Meets 2nd Sun. 2 p.m. at Hollywood Feed (3330 Washtenaw).,

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. 1-year license $6 neutered/$12 unaltered; 3-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

7800 Platt, Saline

(734) 761–9640

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. 8 a.m.–8 p.m., May–Oct.; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Nov.–Apr., V

Birding Sites

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

BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital

4126 Packard

(734) 971–8774

Emergency veterinary care for dogs and cats, and specialty services by appointment only. ER services Wed.–Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Closed Sun.–Tues.,

The Creature Conservancy

4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd., Saline

(734) 929–9324

Strives to create personal connections among people, animals, and their shared environment. Visitors may meet an alligator, warthog, cougar, and many other animals. Host events at their location or yours or visit 30+ species of animals on weekend afternoons. Outdoor animals can be seen daily year-round, 9 a.m.–6 p.m./dusk (donations appreciated). Indoor exhibits open Sat. & Sun. 1–5 p.m., $12 online in advance for age 13+, $13 at the door; ages 2–12 in advance $10, at the door $13; under 2, free. Check website for information about private tours, field trips, special events, First Friday adult (18+) events, elementary school kid camps, and birthday parties., V