Northwoods Animal Shelter (NAS)

Our missionTo 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.
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Ways to help

CATS

Cage cleaning 8am-11am; cats Socializing 11am-3pm; spending time with cats, playing, cuddling, and getting them used to people and other cats; cat Brushing 11am-3pm; playtime Supervising 11am-3pm; making sure that multiple different cats get to play in the cat playrooms each day. If you are under 16 years old, please bring an adult; only people over 16 may volunteer without a parent/guardian supervising.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

General

Assist with general tasks such as: Laundry Duty, Housekeeping/Janitorial Duty, Vacuuming, Mopping, Bathroom Cleaning, Lounge/Kitchen Cleaning, Making sure the shelter has enough supplies, Yard Work, Raking, Trail Maintenance, and Shoveling.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Fundraising

Help out as an event worker.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Photographer

Take photos of shelter animals for the shelter website.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

DOGS

Kennel cleaning 8am-11am; dog walking 11am-3pm; dog bathing/brushing 11am-3pm; evening dog walking 8pm-10pm; letting dogs out after the shelters normal business hours; dog socializing 11am-3pm; spending time with dogs, playing, cuddling and teaching them behavioral skills. If you are under 16 years old, please bring an adult; only people over 16 may volunteer without a parent/guardian supervising.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you helpWe couldn’t support the animals without our strong network of volunteers. There are many ways that individuals, like you, can change the life of one less fortunate pet.
About usIt all began in 2001, when a small group of concerned citizens became aware of the lack of proper care and compassion for our local shelter pets. The shelter was located in a 100 year old building in Mineral Hills. 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 the daily cleaning, the volunteers exercise and groom the animals and provide basic medical care. We monitor the adoption of animals with an application process that hopefully assures that they are placed in a good home. In December of 2008, after many years of fundraising and planning, the Northwoods Animal Shelter moved from the old shelter to our newly renovated building at 930 Selden Road in Iron River, Michigan.
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