Aren't all humane societies shelters?

 Some are, but KHS is not one of them. 

The Kalamazoo Humane Society is an independent, private non-profit organization and we are not associated with the Humane Society of the United States, Michigan Humane or other neighboring humane agencies.    Some humane societies offer sheltering and adoption services, and others like ours do not.  Sometimes, we work with or offer assistance to other humane agencies when our help is needed.

With so many rescues and shelters in southwest Michigan, our efforts are better spent on prevention of unwanted puppies and kittens, as well as education and assistance for pet owners.

Our services help shelters and rescues by allowing them to focus on animals that truly need rescuing.  In fact, we have been so successful in reducing pet overpopulation locally that many local rescues are looking out of state to find animals!


Southwest Michigan is home to many amazing shelters and rescues to adopt a pet. 

When choosing where to go to start your search for a new pet, you may hear things like "kill shelter" or "no-kill" shelter.  Do not let these labels limit where you look for a pet.  Learn more about what these labels mean (and don't mean). 

Municipal Shelter

A municipal shelter may be referred to as a "kill" shelter because they may euthanize animals due to health issues, behavior issues, lack of shelter space, owner request, court order, or any other reason that makes a pet unadoptable.

These shelters are open admission, which means they have to accept every animal that enters.  These shelters cannot turn anything way, and they are usually operated by local government as a public service and are funded with tax-payers dollars.

These are wonderful places to adopt a pet!  The cost to adopt for a municipal shelter is also usually very affordable.

Private Shelter

A private shelter may be referred to as a "no-kill" shelter because they generally do not euthanize pets.  To be considered "no-kill", a shelter must euthanize less than 10% of incoming animals.

These shelters are limited admission, which means they pick and choose which animals they accept, and can turn animals away.  They are usually operated by an animal rescue or welfare organization and are funded by donations, grants, and other sources of nonprofit funding.

These are wonderful places to adopt a pet!  The cost to adopt may be higher than a shelter pet and is usually based on the cost of care.  These shelters are primarily nonprofit and adoption fees help rescue more pets.

Watch this video to learn more about limited and open admission shelters, and how they both work to help animals.


Find an adoptable pet!

Kalamazoo Humane Society

3661 Easy Street

Kalamazoo, MI  49001

Phone:  (269) 345-1181

Fax:  (269) 345-1290


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Office Hours:

Call us Monday-Friday 9AM to 5 PM

Closed Weekends & Major Holidays

Pet Food Bank Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday 10AM to 3PM

Surgery Appointments Check-In:

Check-in is 7:30AM to 8AM

Services by appointment only; lobby closed to the public indefinitely. 


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KHS Tax Exempt Number:  38-1474932 | Download our Nonprofit Letter Here