2011 Save Rate Report

The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance in 2011 took the annual shelter reports that each licensed shelter is required to submit to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development performed calculations within each report to determine the shelter’s performance in saving lives. Click for a copy of the 2011 Save Report

Based upon the performance determined by the Save Rate report the following shelters were recognized with awards for 2011:

Outstanding Michigan Large (5,000+) Open Admission Shelter Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor; 80 percent save rate

Outstanding Michigan Medium (1,000 – 5,000) Open Admission Shelter Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, Negaunee; 95 percent save rate

Outstanding Michigan Small (less than 1,000) Open Admission Shelter Copper Country Humane Society, Houghton County; 100 percent save rate

Outstanding Michigan Limited Admission Shelter with greatest number of adoptions Adopt–a-Pet, Fenton; 99 percent save rate with 988 adoptions

Open Admission Shelter most improved from 2010 Humane Society of Midland County, Midland;82 percent save rate, a 39 percent increase over the shelter’s 2010 save rate.  The Humane Society took over operation of the county shelter in January 1, 2011.

Honorable mention: All Open Admission Shelters which meet the no-kill definition of a save rate of 90%:  Huron Humane Society Inc (Alpena), Help Orphaned Pets Everywhere (Gogebic), Chippewa County Animal Control (Chippewa), Southgate Animal Shelter (Wayne) AC Paws, Inc (Antrim).

In 2011 the Michigan Pet Fund recognized for the first time 10 Michigan counties which had reached the status of a No Kill Community leading the nation with the greatest number of no kill communities.  The 10 communities are:  Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Crawford, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, Marquette, Otsego, Roscommon.

Of the 160 Michigan shelters reporting in 2011, eight were responsible for killing 50 percent of homeless dogs and cats. The shelters with the highest number of killings are:



Save rate

Size Location
Michigan Humane Society


28.89 %

Large Detroit, Rochester Hills, and Westland
Macomb County Animal Shelter


25.08 %

Large Clinton Twp.
Kent County Animal Shelter


16.60 %

Large Grand Rapids
Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society


37.44 %

Large Detroit
Saginaw County Animal Care Center


30.33 %

Medium Saginaw
Calhoun County Animal Center, Inc.


29.58 %

Medium Battle Creek
Bay County Animal Control


33.61 %

Medium Bay City
Jackson County Animal Control


35.87 %

Medium Jackson