Animal Control Division

Animal Control Division


Animal Control

We are dedicated to partnering with surrounding rescues in order to serve our community. 
It is our goal to bring about public awareness to garner community support and cooperation. The concept of Animal Control as the last step in any animal’s life is no longer the case. We are constantly networking with our existing rescues, and reaching out the new ones in order to find forever homes.


OFFICE AFTER HOURS call the Van Buren County Sheriff's Dept. @ 657-3101

There is Kennel Staff on duty during the hours the facility is open. Officers cover 632 square miles of Van Buren County roads. All domestic animal complaints are handled, ranging from the licensing of household pets to livestock running-at-large and animal cruelties. 

All reported dog bites are checked for rabies, vaccinations and licenses. Dog bites and all other animals are then observed for a ten-day period.

The kennel facility, has 18 dog runs and 8 small animal cages. In addition there are two offices and a garage area. It is the goal of the facility to house strays and unwanted pets as long as possible. 

Redemption $20.00 and $5.00 QD
2nd Time Dog pick up $30.00
3rd Time $50.00
4th Time $100.00

Dog License Information
Michigan Compiled Law 287.266 requires that all dogs over 4 months old MUST have BOTH a current rabies vaccination AND a current dog license. Dog Licenses must be obtained by March 1st or as soon as a puppy has its first rabies shot (around 4 months old) License fees for puppies under 7 months old are $10 (neutering not required). After that date penalties apply.

Van Buren County offers both a 1-year and a 3-year dog license. In order to purchase a license, your dog must have a current rabies vaccination. Current is defined as either:
(1) 30 days remaining in order to purchase a 1-year license, or
(2) Expiring after April 1st of the year the license expires for a 3-year license (to purchase a 3-year license, vaccination expiration date would have to be April 1st or later.)

Dog license fees:

For licenses purchased December 1st through March 2:
1 year spayed/neutered $10.00
3 year spayed/neutered $30.00
1 year ‘unaltered’ dog $20.00
3 year ‘unaltered’ dog $60.00

For licenses purchased March 2 – November 30 (penalty period)
1 year spayed/neutered $20.00
3 year spayed/neutered $40.00
1 year ‘unaltered’ dog $40.00
3 year ‘unaltered’ dog $80.00

Van Buren County strongly urges spaying and neutering of all pets to reduce unwanted pet population, and ultimately, reduce costs to the County for care and destruction of those unwanted animals.

Kennel licenses are available through the facility after a completed inspection. Kennel licenses are as follws:

Up to June 1st

1 - 10 dogs: License Fee $10.00, Inspection Fee $20, Total $30
11 - 19 dogs: License Fee $25.00, Inspection Fee $25, Total $50
20 + dogs: License Fee $25.00, Inspection Fee $55, Total $80

After June 1st

1 - 10 dogs $60.00
11 - 19 dogs $100.00
20 or more dogs $160.00

Kennel Licenses run June - June

The Van Buren County Domestic Animal Control facility is located at:

58040 C.R. 681
Hartford, MI, 49057

(1/4 mile south of Red Arrow Highway on C.R. 681 next to DHS Plaza)

Phone: (269) 621-4624

Fax: (269) 621-3964


Animal Adoption

Please be advised that due to the work with local rescues, the animals available changes from day to day.  Please visit the shelter directly in order to see the animals that are available, or visit our Facebook Page at Friends of Van Buren County Animal Control.

If you are missing a pet, please call and file a LOST REPORT.

Email pictures to

If you have found a pet, please call and file a FOUND REPORT.

Email pictures to

Van Buren County Animal Control:  269-621-4624.

Van Buren County Animal Control after hours: email

The local Rescues that we work closely with are located at the upper left of this web page. 

Please visit their pages as well to see what they have available for adoption. 

To request an animal adoption, select/download the APPLICATION FOR ADOPTION button below

and email the completed forms to Kasey Murphy at:

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Office hours are:
Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

AFTER HOURS - call the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office - (269) 657-3101.