The Northwoods Animal Shelter, a nonprofit corporation supported by and committed to the community of Iron County, Michigan, shall operate and maintain an animal shelter complex which offers a safe refuge where basic needs are met and limited medical care is provided for surrendered, stray, and neglected animals. As part of our ongoing commitment to humane animal treatment, we shall promote community awareness regarding responsible pet ownership in a courteous, professional, and compassionate manner.
Who We Are
It all began in August of 2001, when a small group of concerned citizens became informed of the lack of proper care and compassion for the local animal shelter residents. For many years the Iron County Sheriff's Department ran the animal shelter, located in the former Homer School at 1501 West Mineral Avenue in Iron River. Although the sheriff's department owns the building and its officers are still responsible for handling complaints regarding stray animals, the animal shelter volunteers are now allowed to assist in the caring of the animals. To improve the animals' living quarters, volunteers did much cleaning and painting, added kennels for both dogs and cats, and created a large outdoor dog run.
Besides daily cleaning, the volunteers exercise and groom the animals,and provide medical care and affection as well. They monitor adoption of the animals so that they are put into responsible homes. Volunteers actively participate in fundraisers with the goal of raising enough money to build a new animal shelter. There is now a very enthusiastic and hard working group of volunteers at the Northwoods Animal Shelter who are united in their love and concern for the animals and welcome your support.
Shelter volunteers have also taken some obedience training with a local trainer. It has helped us in the handling of our many lost and homeless animals.
In December of 2008, after many years of planning, the Northwoods Animal Shelter moved to our new building at 930 Selden Road, located in Iron River, Michigan.
On behalf of all the dogs and cats we care for, the Northwoods Animal Shelter Volunteers would like to thank all the people who have rescued stray animals, spayed or neutered their pets, adopted shelter animals, participated in fundraisers, or donated time, money, and other useful items to help us care for the homeless animals. Some of you are unknown to us, but every bit of assistance is appreciated.