More than 10,000 voters from across the state weighed in on 101 things they love about Northern Michigan. Their votes determined 303 Red Hot Best winners and 700+ honorable mentions. Here you’ll find the best animal adoption shelters and nonprofits in Northern Michigan (and maybe your new furry friend)!

Bodie has been adopted! Photo by Jon-Paul Allgaier

First Place: Cherryland Humane Society

This no-kill shelter in Traverse City took in 500 animals in 2017 and made 450 humans their happy pals.

Second Place: AC PAW

In addition to finding forever homes for cats and dogs, AC PAW facilitates a dog housing project. Contact them to get involved!

Third Place: H.A.N.D.D.S to the Rescue

This volunteer-based rescue in Traverse City takes in dogs that are in danger of euthanasia and places them in experienced foster homes until they’re ready for adoption.

Finalists for Animal Adoption Nonprofits

Northern Michigan Nonprofits

Photo(s) by Jon-Paul Allgaier