About Us

As an independent charitable organization 501(c)(3), our name reflects our geographic location only. We receive no local, state, or federal funding for the services we provide. Eaton County Humane Society is registered, inspected, and authorized annually to operate as an animal shelter by the State of Michigan.  We are not a county agency and we are NOT supported by tax dollars. We are NOT affiliated with any national animal welfare organization.  All of our funding comes from donations from the public and local business sponsors. All donations are tax-deductible. The bottom line is we need YOUR help to save lives!

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. 
Over the past 3 years, we have placed an average of 230 animals into new homes each year. (Click here for a copy of our latest MDARD report.) We are a no kill shelter.  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. 

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.

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 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.


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!