Considering adopting a new pet? Have room in your home and heart to foster a rescue animal? Here’s info on animal shelters and rescues in southwest Michigan.

Considering a New Pet?

If you know that you want to bring a new pet into your family, consider adopting from a rescue or shelter first.

In the case of cats and dogs, prior to adoption, the pet is treated for any medical conditions, brought up-to-date on vaccines, dewormed if necessary, and spayed or neutered. In the case of young puppies and kittens, rescues may provide a voucher to cover that cost of this surgery when the animal is old enough. In addition to having sweet, loving mixed breed animals available for adoption, rescues and shelters often have purebred cats and dogs as well. There are even rescues that specialize in placing certain breeds.

Not Sure About Adopting? Have Room In Your Heart for More? Foster!

Fostering is a great way to help animals, and, if you’re considering adoption but are not sure, becoming a foster allows you to care for an animal until it gets adopted. Fostering also allows the rescue to glean valuable information about the animal being fostered, and how it behaves in a home environment, and allows you to get a feel for what it would be like to bring another pet into you home permanently. It’s a big win for everyone, people and pets.

If you’re not ready or able to bring a new pet into your life by adopting or fostering, there are still many ways you can help, by volunteering, donating or spreading the word about these important organizations.


To learn more please contact any of the southwest Michigan shelters or rescue organizations listed below.

Please comment to share your rescue stories, or let us know about additional rescue organizations in the SW Michigan area.


Adopt a Friend for Life (AFL) of Southwest Michigan

P.O. Box 251, Paw Paw, Michigan 49079

phone: 269.488.7297



Animal Rescue Project

219 Peekstock, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

phone: 269.492.1010

FB @AnimalRescueProject


Birds & Beaks Rescue & Rehab

111 Orchard Avenue, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017




Kalamazoo Animal Rescue

2938 Business One Dr., Kalamazoo, MI

phone: 269.226.8570         



Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement (KCASE)

2500 Lake St., Kalamazoo, MI 49048

phone: 269.383.8775



Kalamazoo Humane Society

4239 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

phone: 269.345.1181  



Kzoo Cat Café & Rescue

Get your cat cuddle on!

1128 W Michigan Ave #1, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

phone: 269.775.1388



SPCA Southwest Michigan

6955 West KL Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49009

phone: 269.344.1474



Rabbit Angels Rabbit Rescue



By Tami Guy, MS, CPPS, founder of Creatures Pet Care of Kalamazoo.