Frequently Asked Questions
The mission of St. Clair County Animal Control is to protect the health and safety of our residents and their animals; provide services, resources, and information to build safe and humane communities; and to promote programs that connect people and companion animals.
Dog Licenses are completed through the Treasurer’s office. Please direct questions regarding licensing to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (810) 989-6120.
Dog Bite Quarantine
Dogs who have bitten must be quarantined for 10 days past the date of the bite to observe for neurological signs of rabies- fever, seizures, and death. Although very rare in dogs in the US, rabies is always fatal. SCCAC does allow owners to quarantine their dogs at home, however they must either bring the dog in for inspection or provide live video that the dog is alive after the 10 day quarantine. If the bite was severe or the owner wants the dog(s) to be quarantined at our facility, the cost is $10 per day.
Due to a federal court ruling, St. Clair County considers cats free-roaming animals similar to wildlife. SCCAC only accepts sick or injured stray cats. Most friendly strays are indoor-outdoor cats or successful community cats. “If you feed them, they will come.”—we encourage putting out water but not food for friendly community cats unless the person is actively managing a TNR colony. If the cat is missing the tip of its left ear, it is part of a TNR colony and is vaccinated and neutered, and likely has a community caretaker. SCCAC has handouts on humane deterrents if citizens are concerned about cats on their property.
Trap-Neuter-Return colonies have a community caretaker that may provide small shelters and feeding stations for cats on their own properties. TNR cats have been trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and ear-tipped (tip of left ear removed) to indicate they are community cats that can no longer reproduce. This is the most effective way to decrease the population of stray cats. SCCAC has resources for education on how to participate in TNR programs.
SCCAC is not licensed to respond or house wildlife. Raccoons, skunks, and squirrels are considered nuisance wildlife and a licensed wildlife removal service or “critter control” is recommended to trap the animal and make recommendations on how to prevent animals from getting into buildings, attics, or garages. Other wildlife such as deer and geese are managed by the DNR.
It is not uncommon to see skunks or raccoons out during the day, although they are most active at dusk and nighttime. Rabbits (and mother cats) leave their nursing young for most of the day to gather food. Calls regarding “orphaned” wildlife are usually the result of mother animals staying away from their young during the day. For truly orphaned or injured wildlife, there are a few licensed wildlife rehab centers like Back to the Wild or the Howell Nature Preserve that are able to assist on a case-by-case basis.
Although rare, is important to bring the bat (dead or alive) to SCCAC to be tested if it has been in a house with someone sleeping, an infant/toddler, or a non-verbal person. In most other cases, bats can be let out the window or door without incident.
Owner Requested Euthanasia
SCCAC does offer euthanasia services by appointment only for dogs ($50) and cats($25) that are terminally ill, at the end of life, or a public safety risk. Availability of this service depends on staffing and an appointment is needed.
Although SCCAC can assist with finding the owner of the animals and provide additional traffic control. SCCAC does not have equipment (corral panels, livestock trailer, etc) to capture or confine loose livestock.