Here is how you can help St. Clair County Animal Control help animals in need
St. Clair County Animal Control is looking for donations to help animals in need.
Animal control is accepting donations of canned or dry cat food, dog food, cat litter, dog crates, dish soap, laundry detergent, bleach and creamy peanut butter that does not contain xylitol.
St. Clair County Animal Control Director Melissa Miller said donations will be used for animals in the shelter as well as for pet owners who might need assistance.
Miller said animal control will often provide pet owners with assistance so they can keep their pet during financial hardships. This might mean providing a bag of dog food, box of cat litter or a dog crate.
“Some people might need to downsize or move in with a family member, so something as simple as a dog crate might make it easier,” Miller said.
To request assistance, call animal control’s main line at (810) 984-3155.
Miller said animal control has had several calls in the past few weeks from pet owners asking for help.
There has also been a large increase in cats being surrendered to the shelter as pet owners with COVID-19 are hospitalized for long periods of time or are forced to move to assisted living, she said.
It’s important for pet owners to have a plan for the care of their pets in case they are hospitalized. Owners should keep a two-week supply of food and other supplies in case they have to quarantine.
If ordering and shipping donations, send to St. Clair County Animal Control, 3378 Griswold Road, Port Huron, MI 48060.
Donations can be dropped off at the storage shed at the rear entrance of the shelter between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To fill out an animal adoption form, visit stclaircounty.org/offices/animal_control/Default.aspx. Adoptions are by appointment from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Miller said Tuesday approximately 20 cats and five dogs are available for adoption, with more dogs available soon.
Contact Laura Fitzgerald at (810) 941-7072 or at email@example.com.