Getting to the Goal of achieving a no kill state for Michigan requires reform and change at over 100 Michigan shelters.  Each year we witness citizen advocates not willing to accept the status quo and want accountability of their tax dollars and charitable contributions.  The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance  stands ready to provide technical assistance to organized citizen groups.  There are tools also available to help.

A good place to start is this Political Advocacy at the Local Level guide.

Advocacy groups in Michigan include:


GRACE (Genesee Residents for Animal Control Evolution) focuses on advocacy in Genesee County.








Make Michigan Next  Ending breed discrimination is an important step forward for Michigan pet owners and their pets. Make Michigan Next (MMN) is a campaign to end breed specific legislation (BSL) in Michigan. Backed by a coalition of animal welfare organizations, MMN will collaborate with lawmakers to draft legislation to protect the rights of pet owners and prohibit cities, townships, and counties from establishing breed discrimination laws. Municipalities with breed discrimination laws currently in effect will be required to replace them with responsible pet ownership laws.





Mi-PACA (Michigan’s Political Action Committee for Animals) focuses on creating a dynamic, growing voting bloc of animal welfare advocates to elect representatives who support animal protection and shelter reform.





Michigan Friends of Companion Animals is a coalition and network of businesses and animal welfare organizations supporting stronger laws and ordinances to protect animals in breeding facilities and families from irresponsible pet retailers.





Michiganders for Shelter Pets was created to help bring together Michigan voters, animal shelters, animal protection organizations, businesses and professionals in a coordinated effort to advance the welfare of Michigan shelter pets. This is not a lobbying organization; instead, it is a coalition to bring Michiganders together for a common purpose.









Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending commercial breeding “puppy mills” and protecting families from puppy peddlers, pet stores and bad breeders by lobbying for stronger laws, setting up information booths, completing research studies and launching pet store campaigns.