The Eaton County Humane Society was formed in 1968. In 2008, we opened our first shelter facility in Olivet, MI. There we house a variety of animals available for adoption. Please stop in and visit our animals.
We are thankful for our many wonderful volunteers that have joined us since we opened the shelter. We still have a number of volunteer opportunities please contact us for more information.
Most of our animals come from the Eaton County Animal Control Facility. We pull animals from Animal Control on a weekly basis before they are euthanized. Prior to arriving at our shelter, all of the animals are seen by a veterinarian. Our Animal Welfare Director also evaluates each animal for temperament and other issues. Because most of the animals that come to animal control were picked up as strays, we often have little or no information about their background. While some were clearly once a loved family member, others may have roamed the streets for weeks or even years. Due to the foreclosure crisis and our economic conditions, many more pets are finding themselves homeless.
We have also worked with the Siren Shelter to help those in need of homes for the pets that they can no longer keep due to domestic violence and homelessness. We have also helped place a number of therapeutic animals with families in need. We also assist senior citizens in finding the right pet for their household. We also occasionally take in live-stock and reptiles.
We hold weekly adoptions at the PetSmart in Lansing on Saginaw Hwy near I-96 and at Petco in Battle Creek. We also hold adoptions at Tractor Supply and Soldan's in Charlotte.
Over the past 3 years, we have placed an average of 580 animals into new homes each year. We never euthanize animals unless it is absolutely necessary, i.e. severe medical problems or serious behavioral problems, such as biting and/or aggressiveness. Rarely does an animal come to us who hasn't had a bad experience with people. Yet, we are often able to work with them and teach them to trust us again.
2013 ECHS Board of Directors
Melissa Dunham - President
Holly Taylor - Vice President
Kelley Ryal - Treasurer
Renée Lester - Secretary
Connie Friedly, Animal Welfare Director
WLNS TV 6
ECHS has the wonderful opportunity to bring an adoptable animal to the WLNS studio in Lansing every Friday to be featured at the end of the Noon news. So be on the lookout for us around 12:25 every Friday on TV 6. THANK YOU WLNS!