Currently Available for Adoption at the Shelter...

Thinking about getting a pet?

Millions of companion animals in shelters across America are just waiting for a special home like yours. Navigating the adoption process isn't as hard as you think. We can help you find the perfect pet and discover how amazing adopting a pet can be.

Whether you want a puppy or a more mature dog, a purebred or a one-of-a-kind mixed breed, we have the best selection of animals anywhere all screened for good health and behavior.

Prepare before you get to the shelter

We ask a lot of questions of prospective adopters for two main reasons: to ensure long-term homes for the animals in their care and to facilitate good matches between customers and their adopted companions.

Getting to know you

The Iosco Animal Shelter requires adopters to complete an adoption contract. Consider why pets are surrendered in the first place. Among the top five reasons that people give up their pets, three are common to both dogs and cats: landlord issues, moving, and the cost of pet care. For dogs, the other most common reasons include lack of time and inadequate facilities. For cats, it's allergies and having too many cats to care for.

Many animals lose their homes because their owners weren't prepared to invest the necessary money and time to care for a pet. In other cases, families and pets are mismatched. Consider these all-too-common scenarios:
  • A high-energy dog is adopted by a family that doesn't have time for extensive daily exercise
  • A skittish kitten is chosen by rambunctious children whose parents aren't inclined to actively supervise their kids
To prevent such painful situations for both the pets and people involved, we carefully evaluate adopters in the hope of avoiding these mismatched relationships.

Do your homework

You'll have a relationship with your pet for many years to come, so it's worth being patient and taking your time to carefully consider what kind of pet, big or small, energetic or relaxed, older or younger, is right for you. Before you head to the shelter, ask yourself some questions that will help you figure out exactly what kind of pet will best fit your lifestyle and personality.

Know what to ask before you adopt

Adopting a new pet is exciting and stressful. You're about to add another member to your family and your life will be changing.

The adoption process has many variables and requires patience. For example, there may be family members who need to meet the animal, consultations with shelter staff about behavior or medical issues, paperwork to be reviewed and signed, and other steps. But you can navigate the sometimes confusing adoption process by knowing the right questions to ask.

Animal's history

Ask about the animal's background if it's not clear from the cage card. Did the pet arrive as a stray or was she given up by her previous owner? If so, why? How long has the animal been at the shelter? Many of the animals at the shelter are picked up as strays, and often we don't have any background information. We can only tell you what we observe while they are in our care.

Medical and/or behavioral assessments

Shelters continue to raise the bar in terms of their testing and vaccination protocols, as well as their behavior modification programs to make animals more adoptable. Inquire about any medical or behavioral evaluations and make sure you understand what type of treatment is required for any problems that have been identified. In addition, you may want to ask about the animal's behavior at the shelter and how it may be similar to or different from what you can expect at home.

Timeline of adoption process

Depending on the pet and circumstances, some are sent home the same day adopters visit them. This turnaround enables shelters to make room for new arrivals and is helpful for people who have traveled a long distance to meet an animal. Other times can take longer (e.g. ensuring that children and/or a spouse have met the animal). Familiarize yourself with the adoption timeline at the beginning of the process so you'll know what to expect before emotions are running high and patience is low.


The Iosco County Animal Shelter has a policy to ensure that their animals are spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters. Upon providing proof of spaying or neutering, deposits are refunded.

Whatever your concern, don't be embarrassed to contact the shelter and ask for help. Too often, adopters struggle with behavior issues on their own and decide to return a pet because of an issue that could have been resolved.

What if my animal gets sick shortly after adoption?

Despite robust cleaning routines, animal shelters inevitably harbor germs. Unfortunately, infectious diseases can spread quickly through populations of animals that are housed in close proximity. The good news is that common conditions such as upper respiratory infections in cats and kennel cough in dogs are very treatable.

If your new companion becomes ill, sometimes a little encouragement and reassurance are all that's needed as you nurse your pet through a bad case of the sniffles; other times a visit to the vet may be in order.

It's common for adopters to bear some or all of the cost of veterinary treatment because we have such limited medical budgets. Exceptions may include animals with pre-existing medical conditions that are already being treated by the shelter or other special cases.

What if I have questions about my new pet's behavior?

Whether you're a first-time pet owner or a seasoned pro, there's no question that the transition period can be bumpy. New surroundings, new people, other animals, and an unfamiliar routine can be stressful for your adoptee.

Whatever your concern, don't be embarrassed to contact the shelter and ask for help. Too often, adopters struggle with behavior issues on their own and decide to return a pet because of an issue that could have been resolved. House training, chewing, barking, separation anxiety, litter box issues ... these issues and more will be familiar to the shelter's staff.


Many of our animals are picked up as strays, and often we don't have any background information. We can only tell you what we observe while they are in our care. If you need additional information regarding an animal listed our Petfinder site, please contact the shelter directly.

Adoption Form

Adoption forms are only available at the shelter

ICHS Fee Structure

 Adoption Fees:
Adoption $35.00
Adoption Deposit

Adoption costs are $85.00. Once you present proof that the animal has been spayed/neutered, $50.00 will be refunded.

Free Vet Check-up

You will receive one free vet check-up to be used within 5 days from completion of your adoption from a participating Vet.


 1 Year
Male / Female   $10.00
Unsexed $5.00

On or after March 1st:
 1 Year
Male / Female   $15.00
Unsexed $15.00

Dog license can be obtained at any City or Township Hall, Animal Shelter,or County Treasurer's office

You must provide a current rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed veterinarian.

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