Is the Humane Society a no-kill shelter?
The Humane Society of South Central Michigan, no adoptable animal
will be euthanized for lack of space. We are a limited admission
facility. Once we are full, we do not bring in any new animals
until the dogs and cats we have on the adoptable floor are adopted
and make room for new animals.
We temperament test all animals at our facility. We will not release
an aggressive animal to the public and will euthanize if an animal
fails temperament test.
We have a small amount of money through the Bryan Thomas Fund to
provide care for sick or injured pets. Once we exhaust that money,
or if an animal comes in with insurmountable health issues, we
would euthanize based on health.
How do I surrender an animal to the Humane Society?
The Humane Society is a limited-admission shelter. We accept animals
by appointment only, as space allows. You must schedule an appointment
to bring an animal in to our facility by calling the Animal Care
Manager. If the animal is a stray, there is a $50 intake fee. If
the animal is an owned, altered animal, the intake fee is $100.
If the animal is an owned, unaltered animal, the intake fee is
Is HSSCM a part of HSUS or any other animal shelter?
HSSCM is not affiliated with any other shelter. We are not affiliated
with animal control. We are not affiliated with HSUS (nor do we
take a stand on hunting or any other HSUS issue. Some members of
our board of directors are hunters!). We are an independent 501
(c)3 organization with an independent board of directors. We do
not receive governmental or tax dollar support. We operate solely
through donations and service revenue.
Why do you charge fees for adoption or surrender?
It costs HSSCM approximately $9 a day to provide care for each
dog and cat in our shelter. All animals receive veterinary care
as needed, are vaccinated, dewormed, tested (dogs – heartworm,
cats – FIV, Felv), spayed or neutered and microchipped. Animals
are fed a consistent diet, receive fresh bedding daily and are
provided with enrichment opportunities. All animals remain in the
facility for as long as it takes to find an appropriate home. Our
longest running cat has been in the facility nearly 2.5 years.
The initial fee to surrender an animal and the fee to adopt an
animal do not cover the costs for the average stay in our facility.
We do not receive governmental or tax dollar support.
How do I get help having my animal altered?
HSSCM operates a Low Income Spay and Neuter (LISN) Program for
individuals and families at or below 150 percent of the Federal
Poverty Guidelines. To see if you qualify for the program, please
call the agency during business hours. The cost for participants
is $20 for male cats and $40 for female cats and all dogs. We can
alter animals up to 80 pounds.
How do I get help with veterinary costs for my animal?
There is no program in Calhoun County to provide assistance for
veterinary needs. HSSCM does not have a veterinarian on staff.
With the exception of our LISN Program, we do not offer any veterinary
care for animals owned by the public. Veterinary clinics charge
different rates. We suggest you call around for price comparison.
Having a good relationship with your veterinarian may make it more
likely they could help you with a payment plan.
How does the Humane Society’s adoption process work?
First, you need to come in and fill out HSSCM’s adoption application.
Then, you will be able to spend some time visiting with the dog/cat
and will speak with an adoption counselor. We will call your personal
and veterinary references. (For dogs – if you have a dog in the
home, you must bring all dogs with you for a match-up). Everyone
who lives in the household must come in to visit with the animal
prior to adoption. If everything works out, you’ll fill out the
contracts and can take the animal home that same day. All adoption
counselings must start no later than half hour before close.
What are the fees to adopt an animal from the Humane Society?
In general, adult cats are $75; kittens are $100. Adult dogs more
than 25 pounds are $100; adult dogs 25 pounds or less are $150.
Puppies are $200. All animals are spayed or neutered, dewormed,
tested, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption.
Does the Humane Society have a waiting list for (list animal breed)?
HSSCM does not maintain a waiting list for (yorkies, sphinx, pit
bulls, etc.). We post all of our available pets on petfinder.com.
If you are looking for a specific breed, you can search on petfinder
to see all shelters within a specified distance that may have the
animal of your selection.
I have lost my animal. Does the Humane Society have it?
HSSCM is not affiliated with animal control. We take in very few
stray animals. If animal control picks up your dog (anywhere) or
cat (City of Battle Creek and Pennfield Township only), they will
take it to the shelter on Union Street. We will fill out a lost
report for you and will provide your contact information should
someone call with an animal that matches the description you have
I have found an animal. Can the Humane Society take it?
We are a limited admission facility. If we have space available,
the fee to bring in a stray animal is $50. If it is a dog you will
need to call animal control; the number for animal control dispatch
is 269.781.0911. If it is a cat and you live within the city limits
of Battle Creek or Pennfield Township, animal control will pick
up the cat, as long as it contained. We can scan the animal for
a microchip (as can any veterinary office).
How do I volunteer at the Humane Society?
HSSCM relies on our volunteers! If you are at least 16 you can
volunteer on your own; under age 16, you need to volunteer with
an adult. You will need to stop in and fill out a volunteer application.
After you complete that, we will schedule you for an orientation.
Orientations take place monthly. After you complete the volunteer
orientation, you can self-schedule to volunteer. (however, people
are always welcome to go sit in the cat room!).