Saving animals. Serving community.

Our mission: Help companion animals live happy and healthy lives in loving homes.

Clinic vision: Provide animal education and accessible vet care to people and pets in need.  

Shelter vision: Care for and place companion animals in loving homes. 

The Muskegon Humane Society (MHS) was founded in 1972 as a nonprofit animal rescue group who worked out of their homes to save animals in need. In 1980, we purchased our current property. Although we are located in a residential neighborhood, we continue to improve our facility and its ten acres to best serve and enrich the lives of the average 100 animals in our care. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2022, and we also took on an unplanned acquisition of a low-cost community animal clinic. This presented the perfect time to plan a rebrand.

Big Lake Humane Society Board President, Chelsea Kirksey, explains what led to this rebrand: “As a private rescue, we do not run animal control for our county, we do not receive government aid, and we are not associated with Michigan Humane or the Humane Society of the United States. Our mission and advocacy depend on a network– a network of shelters, volunteers, and patrons that have always stretched further than Muskegon. By broadening our name and growing our services, we feel we represent and serve an even larger community. With opening a Big Lake Community Animal Clinic this year, it was the perfect time for us to rebrand with intention and cohesion in that growth.” 

Big Lake Humane Society is a DBA (Doing Business As) for The Muskegon Humane Society. Therefore, we will not be changing our EIN number because that would impact our ability to receive planned gifts as the Muskegon Humane Society.