Where is the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center located?,
The Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center is located at
1700 Brown Road in Auburn Hills, between M-24 (Lapeer) and Joslyn Road (View Map and Contact Information).
What are the Center's hours of operation?,
The Center is open for adoptions from:
- 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mondays - Fridays
- 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Saturday
How do I adopt a pet? What is the fee?,
Adopting an animal is as easy as coming to the Oakland County
Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center and picking one out. There are
many friendly and loving animals to choose from. Just complete an application (file size 44k), and pay the adoption fees. Make sure to bring your driver's license or state I.D.
When should I get my pet spayed/neutered?,
Spaying a dog or cat before their first heat cycle virtually eliminates
the possibility of the pet getting breast cancer. Neutering will limit
the possibility of the pet getting testicular cancer and greatly cut
down on prostate problems. Spaying and neutering sterilizes the animal
and thus reduces unwanted litters. It also may reduce undesirable
behaviors such as spraying, marking, straying, aggression towards other
animals and mating behaviors.
What vaccinations does my dog need?,
The available dog vaccinations are:
- DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvo virus)
- Canine Lyme Disease
Rabies For Puppies:
- 7-8 weeks old: DHLPP
- 11-12 weeks old: DHLPP, Corona, Canine Lyme Disease
- 15-16 weeks old: DHLPP, Corona, Canine Lyme Disease, Rabies
- 19-20 weeks old: DHLPP
- 1 year old and yearly thereafter: DHLPP, Corona, Canine Lyme Disease
- Get a yearly or 3 year Rabies Vaccination thereafter
- Give a Bordetella vaccination if the dog is going to be boarded in a
boarding kennel during your vacation. Remember to have your pet wormed
every time it gets vaccinated, especially when it is a puppy
What vaccinations does my cat need?,
The available cat vaccinations are:
- FVRCP (Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)
- FIP (Feline infectious peritonitis)
- Felv (Feline Leukemia)
Rabies As Kittens:
- 7-8 weeks old: FVRCP #1
11-12 weeks old: FVRCP #2, FIP #1, Felv #1
15-16 weeks old: FVRCP #3, FIP #2, Felv #2, Rabies
1 year old and once yearly afterwards: FVRCP, FIP, Felv
1 year old and every 3 years afterwards: Rabies
Remember to have your vet worm you cat when you get the vaccinations;
this is especially important in kittens.
I've lost my pet; what do I do?,
After searching your own neighborhood, stop by your local animal shelter
to view the strays at the shelter and check through found reports. The
shelter does not take lost reports, so visit frequently. You should at
least try and stop in every couple of days to make sure the animal has
not been brought in. Descriptions of the same animal can vary from one
person to the next, so don't rely on a phone call to identify your pet.
Remember, the more effort you make, the greater the chance of finding
The most important thing to do is to prevent your pet
from becoming lost. Keep your cats indoors at all times with safety
collar and ID tags, and keep dogs on a leash when not inside the home,
also properly identified. Tattooing and microchips are also available to
help ensure your pets safe return home.
I found a cat or dog; how can I find its owner?,
Call the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center at
248-391-4102 immediately. If you wish to keep the pet for a few days to
see if the owner turns up, you will be prompted to leave a found report
at the Center. Otherwise, you can bring the pet to the center or request
that the pet be picked up.
Why should I keep a collar and identification tags on my pet?,
If the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center finds a pet
with a collar and identification, we make every effort (telephone,
mail) to contact the owner and tell them that their pet is at our
shelter. The less time your pet spends at the shelter, the less it will
cost you to redeem it and the quicker you will have your pet back.
How do I get a license for my dog?,
Licenses can be purchased through the mail, in person at the Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center or on-line.
All dogs over the age of four months require a license in Oakland
County. In order to purchase a license, a valid rabies certificate must
be presented. Dogs are required to wear the license at all times. Cats
do not require a license.
To purchase a license through the mail send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and rabies certificate to:
Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center
1700 Brown Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
2013 licensing prices are as follows
-$6.75 Senior Spay/Neuter
-$13.50 Senior Male/Female
*Special Note- If you have not purchased your 2015 dog license by
June 1, 2015 the price jumps to $30.00, regardless of male/female,
If this is your first time purchasing a
license for your pet, make sure proof of spay/neuter is also present.
Also remember to always include your current address and phone numbers
so we can contact you if we find your pet.
What should I do If I am bitten or scratched by an animal?,
What is lyme disease and what do I do about it?,
Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks and causes inflamed joints,
fever and systemic illness. It can be costly and difficult to treat.
There is a vaccination for dogs that will prevent this disease and we
recommend any pet owner who takes their pet out of the county ask their
vet about the vaccination. Using flea powders/sprays or the spot-on
Frontline will help kill the ticks.
What is heartworm and what do I do about it?,
Heartworm is a parasitic disease of dogs and cats that causes heart
failure. The mature worm lives in the chambers of the heart and the
larvae are in the blood. Mosquitoes transmit the disease. There is a
blood test that your veterinarian can do to see if your pet has
heartworm and medicine that the vet can prescribe to prevent your pet
from getting heartworm. If your pet travels outside the country, it is a
good idea to see your vet and get on preventative medication. Treatment
for heartworm disease is costly and can be harmful to the pet, so
prevention is a better alternative.
How do I deal with fleas?,
Spray the yard, spray and flea-bomb the house, flea bathe the cat or dog
and then use either powders/sprays or one of the new spot-on products
(Advantage or Frontline). The powders/sprays need daily application,
while the spot-on products are applied monthly. It may take a few months
to see good results.
What happens when an animal is admitted with matted fur or otherwise looks disheveled?,
an animal is admitted into the shelter, the veterinary staff must
evaluate it for injuries or other abnormal medical conditions. Like any
emergency room, our veterinary staff must attend to the most serious
cases first. This means that some animals may wait up to 24-36 hours
before being evaluated.
After a completed evaluation, the animal is sent to the groomers. Our
shelter is fortunate to partner with a local groomer who performs these
services for our animals.
When I walk through the shelter, I see different colored cage cards. What does this mean? ,
Our shelter animals are categorized as stray or adoptable.
Adoptable animals have completed their stray hold, been vet checked and are available for adoption. Their cage cards will be green, which means that they can be taken out for walks (dogs) or socialized with.
Stray animals have not completed their stray hold or been vet checked. Their cage cards will be red, which means that they cannot be removed from their cages. This is for your protection as well as the animal's safety.
How do I determine whether my pet will be adopted out or euthanized after I leave it here?,
Our priority is to adopt out as many pets as we can into a permanent, loving home. There are, however, certain health and behavioral issues that may arise which require euthanizing an animal that include but are not limited to:
- It is too ill to be adopted and cannot be cured with the means available to our veterinary staff.
- It is too aggressive and cannot be tamed enough to become a household pet.
- It exhibits behavior that makes adoption unlikely.
Because public shelters house many animals from a variety of circumstances, a pet which is healthy and well-behaved at intake may later become unadoptable because of a change in health or behavior.
The delicate and difficult decision to euthanize is made by veterinary staff. Shelter employees who intake animals cannot speculate on the outcome of surrendering a pet.
We value every life here. If your pet is ill, aggressive or has behavior issues that are unacceptable to you, then we recommend that you seek other methods of placing your pet that you no longer wish to keep.