To Bring a Stray Animal to CHS


CHS accepts stray dogs from Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. We are not able to pick up stray animals. CHS has animal control contracts with these counties and will accept stray dogs from those areas.

If you find a stray animal outside of Grand Traverse or Leelanau County, please contact the shelter in that county. Taking the stray to the shelter located in the area it was found, will increase the animal’s chance of being reunited with its family.

CHS is the holding facility for stray dogs found in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. Members of the public who have found a stray animal should contact their local Animal Control Department but can also attempt to locate a possible owner (via ID tags, getting them scanned for a microchip at a vet, physically looking for their owner, etc.)

If no owner has been located, please bring the stray dog to CHS during the hours of 11 am -5 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 am-6 pm on Wednesdays, and 11 am-4 pm on Saturdays. If you find a stray dog outside of these hours, please contact Animal Control or Central Dispatch. Do not tie an animal outside the building or abandon puppies or kittens in boxes.

While held at CHS, stray dogs are under the jurisdiction of the appropriate Animal Control Department until their ownership is transferred over to CHS

Please remember that identification, collars with tags and microchips, are your pet’s fastest ticket home! Cats, too, can safely wear collars with tags and are an easy way for us and your neighbors to know that your cat has a loving home. Microchips can be placed by a veterinarian.

Have you found a stray dog?

Please notify your local Animal Control or Central Dispatch:

Leelanau County:
Grand Traverse County:
Animal Control

1750 Ahlberg Road
Traverse City, MI 49696
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