Michiganders For Shelter Pets…Why We Need Your Support

Michiganders for Shelters Pets was created to help bring together Michigan voters, animal shelters, animal protection organizations, businesses and professionals in a coordinated effort to advance the welfare of Michigan shelter pets. This is not a lobbying organization; instead, it is a coalition to bring Michiganders together for a common purpose.

Michiganders for Shelters Pets is not a nonprofit organization, but is a coalition of concerned Michiganders who want to help shelters and the animals in their care. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of homeless pets and to work collaboratively with Michigan shelters. We promote only peaceful & evidence-based animal advocacy within the boundaries of the law.

For 2015/2016, our primary goals include assisting with efforts to ban gas chamber euthanasia and pound seizure in Michigan shelters. Additional animal protection goals may be added in the future.

EVERYONE is welcome to join Michiganders for Shelter Pets! Please join our efforts by signing on as a citizen advocate or a professional advocate.

What’s Going On?

TUESDAY, MAY 7th 2013:

Senator Rick Jones (R) introduced S.B. 354 - this bill will require Michigan animal shelters to only use EBI (Euthanasia by Injection) and will ban the use of gas chambers. More details to come soon…..

THURSDAY JUNE 14th, 2012:

Senator Hune has finally called a hearing for SB 423/424. Please join us at room 110 Farnum Building at 9am.

MARCH 2012:

Gratiot County Animal Control decomissions their gas chamber! Only 4 more counties in Michigan that use gas chambers. (Berrien, Branch, Cass and Van Buren Counties)


St. Joseph County Animal Control in Centreville, MI decommissions their gas chamber!


Wayne State University’s inhumane Dog experiments: Queenies Story

PCRM obtained shelter and veterinary records through the Michigan Freedom of Information Act for Queenie, a Dalmatian mix who was used in one of the experiments conducted by Donal O’Leary, Ph.D. These records show that Queenie suffered immensely at the hands of O’Leary and his staff at Wayne State University in Detroit. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


Do you live in LIVINGSTON, SHIAWASSEE, or SOUTHERN INGHAM COUNTY? If so, contact your Senator – Senator Joe Hune! Ask him to please hold a hearing for SB 423/SB 424 to stop gassing in Michigan Animal Shelters. Call him at 517-373-2420 or email senjhune@senate.michigan.gov


ACTION ALERT 6-10-11: We have exciting news…. Legislation has just been introduced to end the use of gas chamber euthanasia in Michigan shelters and by Class B dealers! On Thursday, Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) and Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) introduced SB 423 and SB 424, to require that Michigan animal shelters, and USDA-licensed dealers who broker pets for resale, use only the more humane method of Euthanasia by Injection (EBI) on shelter cats and dogs. The bills were referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee, where we are now hoping to get a hearing as soon as possible.

Here’s what you can do: Please contact your legislator and ask him or her to support SB 423 and SB 424 to end the use of gas chambers on shelter pets. Please feel free to utilize some or all of this information.

“As a constituent in your district who cares deeply about Michigan pet protection, I am asking you to support SB 423 and SB 424. These bills would require that only euthanasia by injection, the most humane method available, is used on shelter pets. This would end the inhumane use of gas chambers, which has already been outlawed in 17 states. There is no excuse to gas our shelter pets when a more humane and less expensive euthanasia option is readily available to all Michigan shelters. Please vote YES for SB 423 and SB 424 and protect our state’s shelter pets.”