Discover a few of the Northern Michigan adoption shelters and nonprofits making a difference in the lives of animals. Consider volunteering, giving, fostering or adopting a furry friend in need. Here are meaningful ways to get involved.

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Cherryland Humane Society’s volunteer orientation program is the second Saturday of every month. This no-kill shelter in Traverse City cordially extends an invitation to join their volunteer team helping with animal care, dog walking, cleaning and education.

AC PAW has found forever homes for more than 9,500 homeless cats and dogs since 1995, and 94% of every dollar they raise is used for direct care (food, kennels, veterinarian care, etc.). Contact them to get involved.

H.A.N.D.D.S to the Rescue is a volunteer-based rescue in Traverse City that takes in abused, neglected, disabled and displaced dogs and places them in experienced foster homes until they’re ready for adoption.

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Silver Muzzle Cottage Rescue & Hospice in Rapid City is a Michigan rescue and hospice on a mission to provide senior, disabled and hospice dogs the chance to live out their remaining lives with love and dignity. Enrich the lives of these senior dog rescues by taking them for hikes in the woods, strolls on the beach and the occasional swim. SMC volunteers also bring senior dogs to visit area nursing care facilities. This brings joy not only to the facility residents but also to the dogs!