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Stray Animals at Harbor Humane Society

Holding Policy for Stray Animals: All animals who are brought in as strays are held for a certain length of time. Animals with no identification are held for 4 days which does not include the day the animal arrived at HHS. Animals who have a collar or other form of identification are held for 10 days, not including the day the animal arrived at HHS.

Animals can be reclaimed during the following days and times*:

Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday-Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. -4 p.m.

To release a stray animal back to its owner, animals must have a rabies vaccination and a dog license if living in Ottawa County.

*There are factors which may prevent your animal from going home on the same day. Please confirm with us at 616.399.2119 to make sure you animal is ready for pick up.

Reclaiming a Lost Animal: If you believe your animal is at Harbor Humane Society, please contact us at 616.399.2119. You must show proof of ownership which could include a combination of the following:

  • ID tag, rabies tags, or license tags
  • Veterinary records
  • Current pictures
  • Registration papers
  • Detailed description of animal

Cost of Reclaiming a Stray Animal

Impound fee 1st offense: $50

Impound fee 2nd offense: $100

Impound fee 3rd offense: $150

Boarding fee: $15/day

Rabies vaccine (if proof is not provided): $25

Dog License (If dog is from Ottawa County and does not currently have a license): $10 fee for dogs who are spayed/neutered, $25 fee for dogs who are NOT spayed/neutered.

Emergency vet care/exams: Price varies by procedure

Spay/Neuter Procedure (optional): Price varies

Microchip (optional but highly recommended): $15

DO NOT LET THE COST OF RECLAIM PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING YOUR ANIMAL BACK! Fees can be worked with if you are facing financial hardship.

Check Ottawa County Lost & Found Facebook page to post and search for your pet.

You can also post pets you have found!

Resources for Lost and Found Pets


  • Contact your local animal shelter immediately to file a lost report. Even better, go in person and file the report and look at the lost animals in person.
  • Look for your pet as soon as possible! Cats are especially good at hiding and may be as close as your backyard. Check under bushes, cars, decks and porches, garages, in sheds, garages, wood piles, etc.
  • Spread the word! Talk with your neighbors. Post flyers with pictures! Use social media and sites like Nextdoor or Craig’s List to post.

Check out the links below for more tips!

Mission Reunite

Lost Dog Search Tips

Lost Cat Search Tips