Servicing the communities of Allen Park, Southgate, and Wyandotte
Downriver Central Animal Control (DCAC) is a state licensed animal shelter in Michigan and the consolidation of three cities' animal control departments (Allen Park, Southgate, and Wyandotte). All cities adopted uniform ordinances on April 1, 2013.
Our facility handles stray intakes, owner surrenders, investigations of animal abuse and neglect, and other animal control matters. We do not perform adoptions at our facility. All of our adoptions are handled by our adoption center, Wyandotte Animal Adoption Center (WAC). DCAC staff and volunteers work diligently to reunite strays with their owners, and to evaluate all animals in the facility to determine if any require medical attention. If an animal remains unclaimed after the legally mandated stray hold has ended, staff/volunteers from both facilities will work together to transfer animals deemed adoptable (with regard to temperament and health) to our premiere adoption center in Wyandotte.
Our adoption facility, Wyandotte Animal Adoption Center (WAC), is located in Wyandotte at 1170 Grove St. They maintain a separate website, which you can visit at www.wacshelter.com. You can also find them on Facebook. Please note that our adoption center cannot intake animals from the public; they only handle adoptions. Space is limited at both facilities. DCAC/WAC are rescue-friendly.
WAC works closely with non-profit and rescue groups to implement a successful spay/neuter program and to maintain a high adoption rate. They have a core group of volunteers who assist in the daily care and adoption of the animals. Within this group there are several committees who handle certain activities, such as cleaning, grooming, the adoption process and reviewing adoption applications for approval, and various fundraising events.
1. I want to surrender my animal. How may I do that?
2. How do I apply to adopt an animal?
3. My pet is lost! Is it at your facility?
4. My pet is lost! How do I find my lost pet?
5. I have found a stray cat/dog. What should I do?
6. Bite reports
7. How do I report abuse and neglect of an animal?
8. I have found injured or abandoned wildlife. What should I do?
9. I need help with a nuisance wild animal.
10. Where can I obtain an animal license?
11. Dog fighting
We strongly encourage you to seek out a solution to the problem at hand first. Financial problems, pet allergies, behavioral issues, and housing that doesn’t allow pets are common problems many pet owners face. However, a solution can often be found. Try visiting the links below for suggestions. They also offer helpful guidance for rehoming your pet yourself, which we encourage you to do responsibly and safely (no free pet ads, screen and interview potential adopters, etc).
If you still wish to surrender your pet to our shelter, you must be a resident of one of the three cities we service—Allen Park, Wyandotte, Southgate—and pay a surrender fee (fees are listed here on our website). Owner surrenders are accepted by appointment only. We need to arrange for space and this may take time. Veterinary records should be obtained prior to surrender, if possible. Additionally, pets should be brought up-to-date on shots and a heartworm test (for dogs) and a combo test (for cats) should be done prior to surrender, if possible. Please be aware that owner surrenders may be euthanized first if space is needed. Please be sure to bring your driver’s license or state id. All non-residents, contact the animal control department that services your city.
Some websites offering helpful solutions to problems and rehoming advice:
Problems/Solutions and Rehoming Advice (Humane Society)
Problems/Solutions and Rehoming Advice (Best Friends)
Re-homing your pet responsibly and humanely (petsforpatriots.org)
Rehome your pet using Adopt A Pet
Additional links for help with behavioral issues are provided in the "education" section of this website.
Our adoption center (Wyandotte Animal Adoption Center) is located in Wyandotte at 1170 Grove St. To apply to adopt, please fill out an application online (use intake number and/or name if one is given) at www.wacshelter.com or visit them in person. Our adoption center utilizes a short survey to better match each dog/cat with the right home so that it does not end up in a shelter again. Therefore, please be patient while they process adoption applications.
Websites where our adoptable animals are listed:
You can also visit our adoption center during open hours. Adoption fees, hours of operation, and other information can be found on their website.
Please remember that all shelter/rescue dogs and cats have a past and we often don't know much, if anything, about it. Each dog or cat will need time to adjust and time to get to know you, your family, your friends and neighbors, and their new surroundings. The amount of time needed will vary from animal to animal. Some will require more training, socialization, and TLC than others. Each dog or cat needs a lifelong commitment from you, but the love and companionship that you receive in return will make it worth every little bit of effort.
We hold stray animals for four (no tags/microchip) to seven (with tags/registered microchip) business days. This excludes holidays and the day the animal first came in. Afterwards, they become the property of Downriver Center Animal Control and may be adopted out.
If you are missing your pet, we strongly encourage you to come into the shelter to look for him/her. Please stop into DCAC during open hours, which are from Monday - Friday: 10am - 11am and again from 3pm - 4pm, or by appointment. You may call DCAC staff at 734-246-1328 to report your animal as missing or to inquire if your pet is here. Descriptions of the same animal can vary from person to person, so please don’t solely rely on a phone call to identify your lost pet.
If your lost pet is not at our facility, please see the next question below.
There are several things you can do when your beloved pet goes missing. You should promptly take action to increase the chances of finding your lost pet. In brief, you should:
Recommended websites for additional help finding your lost pet:
Finding a Lost Pet (ASPCA)
What to Do If You Lose Your Pet (Humane Society)
How to Find Your Lost Dog (Petfinder)
Top 10 Tips For Finding Lost Cats (Petfinder)
13 Tips on How to Find a Lost Cat (Catster.com)
If you find your pet, please be sure to get ID tags (and keep the contact information current) and/or a microchip. Remember to register the microchip with the company that produced it and, again, to keep the information current. If you do not know if your pet has a microchip or which company produced the microchip, have a vet scan your pet for you.
If you have found a stray dog or cat in Allen Park, Southgate, or Wyandotte, please call the police non-emergency number for the city you found the animal in to report it. Then, bring the animal to our shelter. If you do not bring the animal to our shelter, you have 2 days to notify us that you have found the animal per state law. Otherwise, the animal may be considered stolen.
Additionally, to increase the likelihood of the animal being reunited with its owner, you can create an ad on Craigslist (or another website) for a found pet, and, in addition, post the animal on social media such as Facebook, especially on pages/groups where lost pets can be posted to the community. Be sure to include a picture if possible since descriptions of an animal can vary greatly from person to person.
You can also create flyers to put up in around the area you found the animal and contact local veterinary clinics. Veterinary clinics can also scan the animal for a microchip for you at no charge.
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Call our shelter to speak to an animal control officer directly about your complaint. Please leave a message if no answer. If there is an emergency, such as a pet in immediate danger, please call 911.
Wild animals may appear to need our help, but unless the animal is truly injured or orphaned, there is no need to interfere with or to rescue them. The information provided in the links below can help you decide whether to take action.
Call our shelter to speak with an animal control officer to see if they can be of help. Generally, we do not handle wildlife. Depending on the nature of the issue, you could contact a local pest/critter control company or the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Additionally, a link below is provided to a website that offers advice for humanely dealing with nuisance wild animals. While on their website, click on the name of the animal species under the “Wildlife” section of their resource library.
Please call the appropriate number or visit a link below for information regarding obtaining an animal license in your city.
Allen Park residents, please click here or call your City Clerk's Office at (313) 928-1144.
Southgate residents, please call the City Clerk's Office at (734) 258-3015.
Wyandotte residents, please click here (select "Animals" once there) or call the City Clerk's Office at (734) 324-4560.
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We can only accept cash as a form of payment.
$40 fee plus warning or ticket. You are also given 10 days to get your dog licensed and to bring your dog’s vaccinations up-to-date.
$60 fee plus ticket
$80 fee, plus ticket, court, or both, if third offense has occurred within 1 year of prior offenses.
Additionally, a $7 fee will be charged per 24-hour period an animal remains in the facility. This fee applies to all offenses stated above.
Note: Owner will reimburse the City of Southgate or its affiliates for any and all medical expenses incurred while animal is in our care.
Dog or Cat: $40 per animal.
Note: Owner surrenders are accepted by appointment only. We need to arrange for space and this may take time. Veterinary records should be obtained prior to surrender, if possible. Additionally, pets should be brought up-to-date on shots and a heartworm test (for dogs) and a combo test (for cats) should be done prior to surrender, if possible. Please be aware that owner surrenders may be euthanized first if space is needed.
$20 deposit* plus $5 fee for one week rental (five business days). $1 extra per day the trap is out for more than five business days.
*Deposit will be refunded when trap is returned.
$120 at shelter
$20 if approved for home quarantine inspection
$50 for cats/dogs up to 50 pounds
$50-$120 for dogs over 50 pounds ($1 extra per pound)
$30 for small animals, such as ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits (excludes birds and rats).
Euthanasia is not always possible, so please make an appointment.
Dog Jumping Up
Pulling on Leash
Dog Chasing Cat
Introducing Dogs to Each Other
How to Introduce a Dog to a Cat
Cat Spraying in House
Cat Not Using Litter Box
Aggression in Cat Towards People
How to Stop Cats from Fighting
Cat Aggression Towards Other Cats
Introducting a New Cat
How to Socialize Shy or Fearful Cats
Introducing Cats and Kittens to Dogs
We can always use the help of dedicated, friendly, animal-loving individuals who want to make a difference in their community. Dedicate 2 hours a week, 8 hours a week, or more--it's up to you! Current volunteer opportunities include dog room cleaners, cat room cleaners, dog walkers, and dog/cat socialization volunteers, and dog/cat transportation volunteers. Please e-mail us at dcacvolunteers1 at gmail.com, and tell us what you'd like to do and what days/times you are available!
Initially, all new volunteers are asked to complete required paperwork (it's short and simple) and go through a brief orientation. If you are still interested in volunteering after orientation, you will be scheduled for training with a staff member or a senior volunteer.
You must be 18 or older to volunteer. If you are not yet 18, you can still get involved and help our animals! You can host a gift drive or donate your day to collect items off our wish list, or just donate a few items at a time!
You can download our volunteer application online or pick one up at the shelter. You can volunteer at our adoption center in Wyandotte as well or at both facilities--it's entirely up to you! If you wish to volunteer strictly at our adoption center, please contact them directly.
Thanks again for your interest in volunteering with us and helping our animals!
You can make a monetary donation or you can donate something off of our wish list!
Monetary donations: Proceeds and donations support Pound Pals Downriver, which is a 501(c)(3) organization that funds veterinary care for injured or ill animals that come into the shelter. Most of the injuries and illnesses are treatable, and with proper veterinary care, we are able to provide the means to rehabilitate these animals, and eventually place them in loving homes. Without dedicated volunteers, donations, and fundraisers many of these friendly, adoptable animals would otherwise be euthanized. If you would like to donate over the internet, one of the easiest ways we have found to do so is through Paypal. Donate online via PayPal by clicking the link below.
Our current most needed items are below. For a general list of what we can use, please click here.