Harbor Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter located in West Olive, MI. Founded in 1956 as Ottawa Shores Humane Society, we have been serving our west Michigan community and beyond for over 50 years and we hold the municipal contract for Ottawa County. On average, over 3,500 animals enter our facility each year as strays, animals transferred in, and owner surrenders.

Harbor Humane Society does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression or identification, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, customers, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Harbor Humane Society is committed to transparency and accountability. Our latest Form 990, annual reports, and animal statistics are available to our donors and the general public! Contributions to Harbor Humane Society are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

One of the ways we stay accountable is by calculating our live release rate. Harbor Humane Society has a 100% placement rate of adoptable animals.

What is a live release rate?

A live release rate is the rate of animals that leave the shelter via adoption, return to owner, return to field, or transfer out.

We calculate by the following formula:

Live Release Rate = (# of animals adopted + # of animals returned to owner + # of animals returned to field + # of animals transferred out) / Total # of animals intaken.

* When calculated monthly, the number can be a bit off as it does not include animals already in our care. So for instance, we may show a very low live release rate one month but it is because the majority of those animals were still in our care at the end of the month.

For more information on term definitions, please click outcome and intake definitions.