The Jackson county animal shelter is a municipal shelter that serves the County of Jackson in Michigan. Our team is dedicated and compassionate about providing care for pets that are awaiting a new home. 


JCAS does not euthanize animals for lack of time or space, therefore we can only accept animals for adoption as kennel space allows.

Euthanasia is only an option when recommended by a licensed veterinarian due to a medical condition that can’t be treated and to alleviate animal suffering.  


Additionally, animals that pose a danger to the public due to unmanageable aggression will not be adopted out into a new home. JCAS operates on a tax millage and public/private donations to care for the animals of Jackson County.


Jackson County Animal Shelter provides pet therapy visits to assisted living facilities, nursing homes, student classrooms, colleges and more. Pet therapy visits are by request and can be scheduled by contacting Amy Kinder at:


Private pet euthanasia is available at the shelter.  Email or come in person to schedule an appointment. 


A pet food pantry is available for those in need and is open during our regular business hours. 


Low cost spay/neuter is available by appointment only, payment is due at time of appointment. 

To schedule your pet, email: 


Jackson County Animal Shelter employs three full time Animal Control Officers. The officers respond to calls through Central Dispatch (call 911) or through the Animal Shelter (517-788-4464 or )

Services provided by Animal Control include the following:

  • Aggressive dogs

  • Dogs running at large

  • Dog bite cases

  • Cruelty/neglect investigations

  • Injured animals

  • Livestock 


Animal Control cannot pick up stray cats. If you find a stray cat, you can bring it to the shelter at 3370 Spring Arbor Road Jackson, Michigan 49203.