Animal Control and Animal Shelter Contact Information

Woodhaven and Trenton Animal Control Shelter

Location:                                                                               Shelter Phone Number:  
21860 Van Horn Road                                                            (734)675-4956
Woodhaven MI 48183

The Woodhaven/Trenton Animal Shelter is located on Van Horn and Hall Road next to the Department of Public Service in the City of Woodhaven.

The Animal Shelter is open for ADOPTIONS:                    Closed Weekends and Holidays

Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 3:00pm                               After hour and weekends appointments are available by calling the Animal Shelter.  

   All dogs and cats in the Cities of Woodhaven and Trenton MUST have a current rabies vaccine AND a current county/city DOG License.  All dogs must have a collar with the DOG License attached to it.  Many dog owners do not realize that this is a STATE law.  They could be ticketed anywhere in the State of Michigan for not having their dogs license on its collar, even while traveling in and outside the State of Michigan.  A good way to remember this law, is that if you own a dog, it must have a current dog license.  Failure to have a dog license in the State of Michigan is a misdemeanor.
In addition to the State of Michigan having a DOG license Law, many local counties and cities have local DOG AND CAT license ordinances. 
The City of Woodhaven    requires all dogs and cats over the age of 6 months to have a current rabies vaccines and City DOG/CAT License.  This must be done within 10 days of moving into Woodhaven or acquiring a new dog or cat.  The DOG/CAT Licenses expires each year on December 31st.  The DOG/CAT license fees are the following:
Before May 1st  - Dogs and cats that are spayed or neutered are $5.00
                               Dogs and cats that are NOT spayed or neutered are $10.00
After May 1st -    All fees double
Licenses are sold only at the City Clerks office in the City Hall.  Proof of a current rabies vaccine and spay or neuter is required.   

The City of Trenton      Requires all dogs AND cats over the age of 6 months to have a current rabies vaccine and a City DOG/CAT License.  This Must be done within 10 days of moving into Trenton or acquiring a new dog or cat.  The DOG/CAT Licenses expires each year on December 31st.        The City of Trenton DOG/CAT license fee is $12.00.                                                                                                                            Licenses are sold only at the City Clerks office in the City Hall.  Proof of a current rabies vaccine is required. 

I.D. That Paw                 finger paw print
Sponsored by the Friends of The Woodhaven and Trenton Animal Shelter
This is a free microchip service for dogs and cats who are residents of Woodhaven and Trenton
Residents MUST have a 2024 dog or cat license 
Appointments are required. Appointments are made Monday thru Friday 8am to 3pm.  
Please call the Woodhaven and Trenton Animal Shelter at (734)675-4956 Extension # 1 for more information or to make an appointment. 

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Visit our fpm page to see animals available for adoption.
Please click here to view the fpm/Trenton Animal Shelter fpm Page

City of Woodhaven Ordinances

Article I. In General
Article II Cat Impound
Article II Dogs
Article IV. Horseback Riding

City of Trenton Ordinances

1 Index for Codes
Article II Administration and Enforcement
Article IV. Dogs
Article I. In General
Article III Cruelty & Related
Article V. Cats

The Friends of the Woodhaven and Trenton Animal Shelter

The Friends of The Woodhaven and Trenton Animal Shelter is a small group of animal lovers who volunteer for the Animal Shelter non-profit 501c3 group.  They collect donations and run fundraising events for the Animal Shelter.  With their help, we are able to do so much more for the Animals in our community.  They have provided the Animal Shelter with needed supplies, state of the art cages, well needed up grades, items to help keep the animal stress free while at the Animal Shelter and special medical needs for sick or injured animals. 

Donate to the Shelter via the Friends of the Woodhaven - Trenton Animal Shelter


Volunteer Application Form
Application to apply to Volunteer at the Woodhaven - Trenton Animal Shelter.
Click here for Application

Click here for Volunteer Manual

Animal Control Department

The Cities of Woodhaven and Trenton have a joint agreement to provide Animal Control services to both cities. The city employs two animal control officers - one full-time and one part-time. Animal Control provides the following services for both cities:
Animal Adoption
Lost and Found Animals
Animal Rescue
Animals Running at large
Citizen Complaints Regarding Neglected Animals

Spring is here!

With the arrival of spring comes green grass, budding trees, and flowering bulbs. Wildlife emerges from hibernation and new babies are born. Rabbits, raccoons and ducks are just a few of the animals common to our area that are nesting in our yards. Rabbits will nest around shrubs, air conditioning units, under decks, and even in the middle of your backyard grass. If you find a rabbit's nest do not touch the babies. The mother will not return if her young are touched. If possible, do not remove nest until babies have left. If this is not possible, contact Animal Control to have them removed.

Ducks are also nesting under trees and shrubs. It takes approximately one month for the eggs to hatch. Please leave the duck and the nest alone and do not try to feed. The mother will lead her ducklings to food and water. If it is not possible to leave the nest where it is, please call Animal Control and they will remove the eggs.

Raccoons will have their babies inside an uncapped chimney. Make sure you have a chimney cap and make sure it is well secured. It will also help if you clean you chimney every spring. If you have babies in your chimney, you have to wait until the babies are old enough to leave (2 months) You can "help" the mother remove the babies by making a lot of noise in and around the chimney (example: placing radio in fireplace) Inspect and repair holes and cracks near attic areas and keep trees trimmed around top of house to prevent raccoons from gaining access to attic. Also leave a light on in the attic.

If you have an animal in an attic or chimney and must have it removed, please try a pest control and wildlife service. One option is Advantage Pest Control (734) 637-4687, or you may choose to use any other company. These companies are better equipped for removing animals from attics and chimneys. They can also handle any bat, rodent or bee problems.

If your trash is stored outside, make sure trash bags especially those with food, are place in locking trash containers. Feeding the birds also attracts other wildlife and feral cats.

Help prevent wildlife problems before it is to late. Keep your home and outbuildings in good repair. Make sure all vents, chimneys and holes are repaired. Place heavy wire around your deck to keep animals from burrowing. Keep your trash locked up. Keep your garage door closed at night. Clean up weeds and unwanted shrubs. If you take away the food source and hiding places, the animal will move elsewhere. Also, a new and safe way to chase away pesty animals is a motion detector water spray device. There are many on the market, one option is to Google "motion detector water sprayer" for more information.

Animal Control has live traps to help catch NUISANCE animals only. Traps are a $50.00 deposit which will be refunded when trap is returned. Traps are given on a first come first serve basis. There is a $1.00 per day rental fee. Residents who have their own trap, will be charged a $5.00 per animal pick-up fee. If a resident has a trap of their own and is trapping, a DNR permit is required. Animal control will not pick up that animal unless you have permit. Please call the DNR at (248) 359-9045. There is NO trapping allowed on the weekends. If you have any other wildlife concerns please call Animal Control at 734-675-4956.

Animal Control would like to thank our residents for helping wildlife before they become nuisance problems.

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