Animal Shelter

Animal Adoption Program

The Kent County Animal Shelter works to connect animals with loving homes. Learn More »

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

To request access to information and records described as “public records” it is necessary to complete a FOIA request.
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Kennel Licensing

Kent County Animal Control licenses dog kennels that house dogs for Breeding, Boarding, Sale, or Training. If you are seeking a new license or have questions about renewal, contact us at 616.632.7300 or

Dog Licensing

Dog licenses are available online, at the Kent County Animal Shelter, and at various clinics, hospitals, and municipalities around the County. Learn More »

Lost & Found Pet Services

At the Kent County Animal Shelter we work very hard to reunite lost pets with their owners. We admit stray animals at the shelter and hold them while trying to locate their owners. Learn More »

Pet Euthanasia Services

The Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) offers low cost euthanasia for pets. This service is a drop-off service only. Pet owners are not able to be in the room during the procedure. KCAS uses the most humane method of euthanasia currently available and the cost is $40 per pet. Please call 616-632-7300 to set an appointment.

Pet Surrender

When owned or owner surrendered animals enter a shelter environment, they tend to experience more stress than stray animals due to drastic changes in environment and losing the comfort of familiarity. We recommend that you attempt to rehome your cat at one of our local animal welfare organizations. The shelter must be considered the very last option and not a drop off point for pets. In order to serve owned animals better, they are accepted on an appointment basis to allow time and secure a place for the least amount of stress possible. Surrendering your pet is a permanent decision. Please take time to consider your decision before surrendering your pet. Call 616-632-7300 to schedule an appointment.

Animal Control

Cruelty/Complaint Investigation

The Kent County Animal Control investigates complaints of animal cruelty and neglect. Animal Control Officers visiting the scene of suspected animal abuse, cruelty, or neglect will determine if such a situation exists as defined by Kent County Animal Control Regulations. Learn More »

Public Health

Educational Services

The Kent County Animal Shelter provides educational presentations on bite prevention, responsible pet ownership, and animal control in Kent County. These programs can be tailored to children of all ages, as well as to neighborhood associations and other community groups. To schedule a presentation, please contact Scott Dobbins at 616-632-7308 or email us at

Rabies Testing

If a person wakes up in a room with a bat, or if a child has been unsupervised in a room where a bat has been discovered, that bat should be tested for rabies. Please bring the intact bat to Kent County Animal Shelter. If the animal is dead, keep it cool but do not freeze it. We also consider testing additional animals if they have bit a person, including woodchucks, foxes, and raccoons. Please contact us at 616-632-7300 to discuss a bite from one of these animals.


Kent County Animal Shelter is NOT licensed to work with wildlife. Domesticated animals (cats, dogs, livestock) cannot be housed with wildlife. Please direct all wildlife concerns to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at 800-292-7800 or visit their website at Otherwise, please contact your local pest control company.