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Detroit’s animal control adjusts service amid move

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

Detroit — The city’s animal control office on Jefferson is redirecting some services this week as officials transition to the department’s new headquarters, officials said.

Detroit’s Animal Care and Control will resume full operations Monday at its new facility, the former Michigan Humane Society at 7401 Chrysler Drive, Director Melissa Miller said.

Until then, the office will not be accepting animal surrenders or strays at the Jefferson or Chrysler facilities, she said.

Instead, those wishing to surrender owned dogs should contact Michigan Humane Society at (866)-MHUMANE. Strays should be brought to the Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society, 13569 Jos. Campau Ave.

Members of the public are still able to come into the Jefferson facility this week to reclaim lost animals, she said. In-person licensing and vaccination services also aren’t being offered this week.

Additionally, about 190 cats and dogs currently housed at the Jefferson shelter are expected to be transferred with help from some of the control office’s 40 partner agencies to foster or permanent homes, Miller said.

“We’re doing a big push to transfer out as many adoptable, placable animals so that we don’t have to move them from one shelter to the next,” said Miller, adding she’s “cautiously optimistic” all the animals at the old animal control facility will find placement.

Animal control field units remain on the road from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The main dispatch line is (313) 224-6356.

The Jefferson location is open during regular hours of 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Chrysler Drive shelter will operate during the same hours beginning next week.

CFerretti@detroitnews.com