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2661 Greenfield, Dearborn, MI 48120
Phone: 313-943-2697 ⁄ Fax: 313-943-2262

We are located on the west side of Greenfield at the traffic light of Butler road, approximately one mile south of Michigan Avenue; 1/2 mile south of Rotunda; and just south of the viaduct under I-94. There are exits from I94 onto Greenfield.

For an animal emergency, if you are unable to reach the shelter, call the Dearborn Police Department: 313-943-2201.

Media and Public Relations

Colleen Robar, Robar PR: 313-207-5960 or

Hours of Operation

Occasionally, we close the shelter for special events or staff meetings. In such situations, we will post closures on our alert bar on the homepage and in social media.

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12PM – 5PM
Tuesday, Thursday: 12PM – 7PM
Saturday: 12PM – 4PM
Sunday: Closed

Lost & Found, City Services, and Donation Drop Off

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9AM to 11AM and 12PM to 5PM
Tuesday and Thursday 9AM to 11AM and 12PM to 7PM
Saturday 9AM to 4PM

Animal Surrender

Monday through Saturday
Please call our office at 313-943-2697

Community Services

Low-Cost Sterilization Vouchers go on sale the first Thursday of the month at 12:00 PM. While supplies last.
Operation Feed Fido is the first and third Saturday of each month from 12PM to 2PM. Contact us for more information.

2018 Holiday Hours

Closed all day, unless noted

Memorial Day, Monday, May 28
Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4
Labor Day, Monday, September 3
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22
Christmas, Tuesday, December 25
New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019


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How to Report Animal Cruelty

Angel 2Never hesitate to report animal cruelty. You may be an animal’s only hope. All reports of animal cruelty in Dearborn remain anonymous, as is the case in most communities.


  • If you’re witnessing an act of cruelty in progress, contact the local police department immediately. In Dearborn, call 313-943-2240.
  • To report a single or repeated incidences of cruelty, contact the local animal control.

To reach the Dearborn Animal Shelter, call 313-943-2697 or email Please provide details of your report including any address information and names, a description of the animal(s), and a description of the abuse.

Need to know how to recognize animal cruelty?

Loss Prevention Tips

To help prevent the loss of your pet, follow these tips:

  • Spay or neuter your pet to reduce the roaming instinct.
  • Consider having your pet microchipped. This is a technique for permanently identifying both cats and dogs by the implantation of a small microchip. It is relatively painless and inexpensive. Shelters and most veterinarians have scanners to check for microchips. For more information on low-cost microchip programs, call us at 313-943-2697.
  • Have some good pictures of your pet, face and side view, at the ready, in the case you will need to print up fliers or help to identify the pet.


  • Cats should be kept indoors at all times. If there is any risk that your cat might get outside, be sure they’re wearing a break-away collar with an ID tag that includes your address and phone number.


  • Dogs should always wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your address and phone number. In most communities, dogs are required to also wear a license on their collar.
  • Dogs should never be left outside unconfined. They should always be on a leash, in a secure fenced yard or on a tether. If you are in an area that does not permit fencing, you may consider an invisible fence — electronic sensors at the perimeter of your property.

How to Report a Lost Pet

To report a lost pet, contact your local shelter. In Dearborn, call us at 313-943-2697 or email with a complete description of your pet.

In addition to reporting your lost pet to shelters in your local area and monitoring their lost and found you can use the below national web based tool.

Click to Search Lost & Found Pets

What To Do If You Lose a Pet

  1. Immediately put a dish of your pet’s food on your porch, as well as a favorite item (such as a blanket or toy) so they can follow the scent home. This should also keep them from straying very far. Refill the dish if the food disappears.
  2. Search immediately! Most animals do not stray far during the first hours of getting lost. Call your pet’s name often and loudly. Ask people on the street if they have seen your pet. Give them your number in case they do. Most animals become very frightened and will hide. Actively search your property and the surrounding area; don’t assume they will come to you immediately.
  3. Post a notice on your social media sites- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Nextdoor for example, with a picture of the pet, sex, date last seen, and location (cross streets, city, state) along with any information that will help identify the pet. You can also post a lost report to our site For the Love of Louie PawBoost , The Center for Lost Pets and Lost Pet USA
  4. Make fliers with “LOST CAT / DOG” in big bold letters so it can be read passersby. Include a brief description, a picture and your phone number. Consider offering a reward, but take caution when meeting a person claiming to have your pet.  If possible, take along a friend and always arrange to meet in a highly visible public place.  Post fliers in the surrounding area, at local vet offices and pet stores and other areas of business.
  5. Visit local animal shelters to see if your pet has been brought in and to see if a “found” report of a pet who matches the description of yours has been submitted. Visit shelters every day for any possible updates. For a list of Michigan shelters, click here. Since descriptions of animals can differ from person to person, it is important for someone who knows the pet check the shelters. If the shelter is closed, contact the local police to inform them of your loss. The number for the Dearborn police is 313-943-2240.
  6. Set a humane trap if your lost pet is small enough to go into a trap. They are available online or you can rent one from your local shelter. Bait the trap with your pet’s favorite food. Put a favorite blanket or toy in the trap, as your pet will be comforted by their own scent. Check the trap often. Some animals panic in the trap and you don’t want your pet to hurt themselves. If you catch your pet, take the entire trap inside and then free your pet, otherwise your frightened pet may escape again. If you catch a cat or dog that is not yours, please take them in the trap to your local shelter. If you catch wildlife, carefully open the trap and release them.
  7. Contact local newspapers to run a “lost ad.” Most papers will run at least one ad for free. Watch the “found” ads, as well.

Don’t give up hope! Keep checking local shelters and searching the neighborhood. Sometimes it takes a while, but we’ve reunited dogs with owners after weeks and cats with owners after months!

If you’ve found a stray animal


    • Please contact the area shelter to let them know you have found the animal to provide an opportunity for the owner to locate them.


  •  NEVER mix a new animal with any existing pets without first taking the new animal to the vet. Though an animal may look healthy, it may carry disease. Isolate them in a separate room.



  • If you’re housing a lost animal, contact us for information on the proper way to introduce a new animal into your household.



How to Report A Stray

Report a stray animal immediately to your local shelter. If you see a stray in Dearborn, call us at 313-943-2697 (during after hours, phone the Dearborn police at (313-943-2201). You can also use our online submission form to report a stray animal. Please take the proper steps to help owners reunite with their pets. Click to Search Lost & Found Pets

How to Rescue a Stray

    1. Please do not ignore a stray animal — they need your help. They are frightened, often injured and in pain, cold and hungry. They cannot survive on their own.


  • Any dog on its own (no obvious owner around) is a stray.
      • If you are reluctant to make contact with the dog, or the dog appears in any way to be hostile, or the dog is on the run, call your local shelter and an animal control officer will be dispatched to rescue the dog. NEVER risk your own safety.


  • Most volunteers carry pet food and leashes in their trunks for stray rescues.
  • If you are not afraid of the dog, try to get the dog to come to you. If it is friendly and you are able to catch it, put it in your car, backyard, or any other confined location. Either transport it to your local shelter or call your local shelter to have the dog picked up. If you are unsure where your local shelter is, please contact us at 313.943.2697 and we’ll help you determine which shelter services your area.
  • If the dog is frightened and will not come to you, try to corner it into a confined area and contact your local shelter to pick the dog up.



  • Stray cats also are easy to identify. Assist any cat that appears injured, frightened or obviously misplaced.
      • Try to make contact. You will know immediately if the cat is friendly and will come to you or if it is frightened and will run. NEVER risk your own safety.


  • If you are able to get the cat, confine it (car, house, cat carrier, etc.) and take it to your local shelter. If you are unable to transport it, contact your shelter for assistance.
  • If you are not able to get the cat, place a dish of food on your porch to get the cat accustomed to finding it there. Your local shelter may have live traps available for rent. Place the food in the trap. Traps must be monitored at least every 15 to 30 minutes to see if the cat is inside (especially in cold weather). You may transport the cat to your shelter in the trap or call to have it picked up.



*You may encounter a feral cat. This is a domestic cat who has been a stray for a long period of time or is the offspring of a stray who has never known human contact. These animals are exceptionally frightened and will typically not allow themselves to be touched. They are generally not aggressive, just protective. Always exercise caution when dealing with an unknown animal. For any questions call 313-943-2697 or email the shelter at

Employment Information

Employee Benefits

Regular full-time and part-time employees receive the following benefits after their initial 90 days.

Full-Time Employees

  • Paid health insurance for employee
  • Paid holidays (6)
  • Paid sick time accrued at 4 hours per month
  • Paid vacation time accrues monthly to equal 10 days (80 hours) per year
  • Paid time-and-one-half for time worked over 40 hours per week or any time worked on a recognized holiday (New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
  • Access to the Friends Pet Medical Policy
  • Adoption fee discount
  • Eligible to participate in company-sponsored Dental Insurance Plan: employee-paid premium
  • Eligible to participate in company-sponsored Basic 24 Hour Accidental Insurance Plan: employee-paid premium

Part-Time Employees

  • Employees hired to work 30 hours or more receive paid health insurance benefits.
  • Paid time-and-one-half for time worked over 40 hours per week or any time worked on a holiday (New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
  • Access to the Friends Pet Medical Policy after 90 days
  • Adoption fee discount
  • Eligible to participate in company-sponsored Dental Insurance Plan: employee-paid premium
  • Eligible to participate in company-sponsored Basic 24 Hour Accidental Insurance Plan: employee-paid premium

Available Positions

We accept applications for the following positions; even if there isn’t a current opening. You must be 18 years of age or older.  Level of education required is the completion of high school or GED. Applications will be kept on file for six months. If you are interested, please complete the application at the right side of this page.

 Development Assistant

  • Part time position – 30 hours
  • Customer service oriented
  • Enjoy working with the public
  • Administrative experience necessary

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Animal Medical Technician

  • Full-time position
  • Performs technical and routine animal care & related duties.
  • Knowledge of proper animal health protocols.
  • Skilled in administering medications and medical treatments.
  • Skilled in performing health assessment tests.

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Animal Care Attendant

  • Part-time position
  • Customer Service oriented
  • Enjoy working with the Public
  • Likes working with animals and activities supporting animal care and adoption

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Office Assistant

  • Full Time Position
  • Customer service oriented
  • Enjoy working with the public
  • Effective verbal and written communication.
  • Computer skills necessary
  • Organized and detailed oriented

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