State & Local Animal Laws

Use this guide to help you brush up on your animal protection laws.* The State of Michigan and local municipalities have laws and ordinances that covering everything from barking dogs to exotic animal transport. This list is not all-inclusive, but it's a great start.

*This guide is not all-inclusive. There could be additional enforceable laws and ordinances or available resources.

State Laws

State Resources & Contacts

  • MI DNR Plainwell Customer Service Center
    621 North 10th St, Plainwell, MI 49080
    269-685-6851
     

The State of Michigan and Kalamazoo County have laws and ordinances that govern animal welfare.

 

Animal Enforcement Officers, Conservation Officers and other law enforcement workers are mandated to enforce these laws. Cities, townships and villages may also have their own ordinances in addition to what the State and County specify.
 

Animal Welfare Contacts

Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement

2500 Lake Street, Kalamazoo MI  49048

269-383-8775

MI DNR Plainwell Customer Service Center
621 North 10th St, Plainwell, MI 49080
269-685-6851

If you have a concern for an animal outside of Kalamazoo County, contact the Animal Control department for the county the animal is in.

Click here to find the Animal Control department nearest you

Animal Laws & Law Enforcement

Domestic Animals

Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement


KCASE is a department of the Kalamazoo County Government. This agency operates the only stray animal shelter in Kalamazoo County, as well as offers humane law enforcement and other services for residents of Kalamazoo County. KCASE enforces local ordinances and state laws relating to animals and animal welfare except for barking dog complaints, which is considered a nuiscance noise violation to be handled by the police agency for your jurisdiction. 1316 Lamont Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49048 Phone: (269) 383-8775 Website: https://www.kalcounty.com/ac









Livestock & Agriculture

Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement


KCASE is a department of the Kalamazoo County Government. This agency operates the only stray animal shelter in Kalamazoo County, as well as offers humane law enforcement and other services for residents of Kalamazoo County. KCASE enforces local ordinances and state laws relating to animals and animal welfare except for barking dog complaints, which is considered a nuiscance noise violation to be handled by the police agency for your jurisdiction. 1316 Lamont Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49048 Phone: (269) 383-8775 Website: https://www.kalcounty.com/ac





Service & Emotional Support Animals


Wildlife

Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement


KCASE is a department of the Kalamazoo County Government. This agency operates the only stray animal shelter in Kalamazoo County, as well as offers humane law enforcement and other services for residents of Kalamazoo County. KCASE enforces local ordinances and state laws relating to animals and animal welfare except for barking dog complaints, which is considered a nuiscance noise violation to be handled by the police agency for your jurisdiction. 1316 Lamont Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49048 Phone: (269) 383-8775 Website: https://www.kalcounty.com/ac





Exotics


Kalamazoo Humane Society

2272 River Street

Kalamazoo, MI  49048

Main Office: (269) 345-1181

Fax: (269) 345-1290

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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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