Roscommon County Animal Center

Hours: 9 am to 4 pm — Monday – Sunday
                Phone: 989-366-0260

Dog of the Week


The one dog that gets euthanized more than any other in a shelter across the country isn't a particular breed but a color—BLACK! Your small dogs, the flashy or unusual dog, the name brand dogs (Shitzus, Golden Retrievers etc.) are almost always guaranteed a forever home. I have walked with several prospective adopters going up and down the aisle as they look at dogs, watching them stop to admire the Golden Retrievers, the shaggy mutt, or the adorable Shitzu.

Nobody slows down when they come to Austin. They pass right by his kennel—never giving him glance. He wags his tail and paces back in forth in his kennel trying to get them to stop and look at him. Austin barks to remind them that they skipped over him and that he is worthy of some praise, "good dog, how sweet." They don't know what a great dog he is or any of his outstanding qualities.

Because he is all black, no one even considers him and he never gets the chance to show off and make a good impression. He is already neutered, great with kids, good on a leash, has a great personality, gets along with other dogs, and is housebroken. He is more than likely part Husky/Shepherd or Black Lab and looks a little unusual because he has one brown eye and one blue eye.

We all have our idiosyncrasies and Austin has one that you have to be made aware of. He loves felines—maybe a little too much. He is especially thrilled at the chase and capture of cats and that is his one flaw. Other than that he is a great dog! I want to change the stereotype behind black dogs and show the public what they are missing. Austin has a story and we want to share it with you.

Cat of the Week


Peek-a-boo got her name from hiding under her blanket, only occasionally peeking her head out to see who has come to visit. The shelter employees took her blanket away to wash and she rebelled by dumping over her litterbox and hiding beneath it. From then on, Peek-a-boo always had a blanket in her cage to hide under. She is a sweetheart but needs a quiet atmosphere and lotsa loving! We are hoping to get her spayed this week.

Mission Statement

Roscommon County Animal Control and Shelter are made possible by the tax payers of Roscommon County. We are regulated by the laws set by Act 287 of 1969 by the State of Michigan and in accordance to Roscommon County Animal Control Ordinance #2 set October 29, 1993 by the County Board of Commissioners.

The Roscommon County Animal Control and Shelter employees and its agents are dedicated to the humane treatment of animals while in our care, control and custody.

Every effort is made to medicate, immunize or treat for injuries by donations collected for the Roscommon Animal Shelter. However, the Roscommon County Animal Shelter is not a no-kill shelter and if an animal is deemed vicious or not adoptable because of cost of treatment for injuries, health or age the animal will be humanely euthanized.

Roscommon County also invokes a spay and neuter contract on all animals adopted from the shelter that are intact. This allows the removal and return of the adopted animal to the Roscommon County Animal Shelter for noncompliance as agreed, unless there are underlying medical conditions as noted by the adopter's veterinarian.

Roscommon County Animal Control Officers do enforce the laws as set by Act 287 of 1969 and Ordinance #2 of 1993.

All dogs and cats over 4 months of age must be licensed by February 28th or will be considered delinquent. Licensing is supported as a health code and to allow an owner a chance to have their pet returned by wearing the animal license. All animal bites or scratches must be reported to your local animal control or health dept.

Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program

Roscommon County Animal Center offers a Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program to residents of Roscommon County who qualify. Applications are available at the Center during normal business hours if a person wishes to apply.

Susan Hamilton DVM is the vet who works our clinic for spays and neuters.

We generally do clinics twice a month and they are always on Wednesday.

These clinics are for felines only; we do not spay / neuter canines. If you are interested in more information, please contact the Center during regular business hours Mon – Sun 9 AM - 4 PM

Current Events

Meet Your Best Friend At The Zoo         May, 2010
Strutt your Mutts         August 7, 2010
Meet Your Best Friend At The Zoo         September, 2010
Tip-Up Town Parade         January, 2011


Linda Schade
Shelter Director
DeeDee Mendyk
DeeDee Mendyk
Animal Control Officer
Linda Schade
Linda Schade
Shelter Manager
Sean Beveridge
Jenny Lanvers
Assistant Animal Control Officer
Sean Beveridge
Sean Beveridge
Shelter Worker


Help make a difference for an animal! Your contributions are always welcome and appreciated. Of each donation, 100% goes to support the Roscommon County Animal Center. Donations can be made in person at the center, or online via PayPal by clicking the link below.