Kalamazoo Animal Rescue

Note on Intake

If you have found a stray animal or are looking to relinquish your own, please go to the upper right hand corner and click the "intake" link and fill out the appropriate form. Please note that you will only be contacted if and when we have space. Thank you.

Community Spay/Neuter

We are now offerring spay and neuter for community animals on a limited basis.

Click here to fill out a form to request an appointment.

Brick Walkway Campaign

Many of us have loved ones, current and departed, human and pet, whom we would like to honor and keep as a cherished part of our lives while helping to make the lives better for the most needy and helpless among us, our animals. With the purchase of a paving brick you can honor your loved ones and do exactly that. The bricks will be used to pave a memorial walkway to our expansive, wooded, back yard which will one day house walking trails, a gazebo, flower gardens, and bird houses. What better way to honor them and us?

Buy a Brick

Other Ways to Help

In addition to buying a brick, Kalamazoo Animal Rescue is in great need of volunteers and financial support. Our volunteer duties range from administrative help, to cleaning, to housing cats and dogs and everything in between. We guarantee we can find a place for you! Be the stepping stone to a better life for an animal in need.

Upcoming Events

December 9th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Drake Rd. Chow Hound on Stadium see scheduled pets

Open Office Hours

When: Where:
Mondays 4669 Executive Drive
Portage, MI 49002
2:00pm - 7:00 PM Walk-In
11:00am - 4:00pm Walk-In
12:00pm - 7:00pm Walk-In

KAR Wellness Clinic

On behalf of KAR and Dr. Kathleen Corbett, DVM, we are proud to announce wellness and vaccination clinics to service your canine and feline family members during this challenging time. These clinics are aimed to provide
  • Physical Examinations* Required with all other services
  • Vaccinations for puppy/adult dogs and kitten/adult cats
  • Annual Heartworm and Tick-borne blood testing
  • Feline Leukemia/FIV Testing
  • Microchipping
  • Rabies Certification
  • Prescriptions for Preventative heartworm, flea/tick, and "deworming" medications


Clinic Flyer: Wellness Clinic Flyer
To speed things up, fill this out before coming in: Owner Patient Info Sheet
Services Provided: Service and Cost Information

Next Dates:
Saturday, Nov 11, 2023 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Saturday, Dec 9, 2023 9:00AM - 2:00PM


Happy Tail ~ Lisa now know as Rumor

Rumer's story. We spotted Rumer aka "Lisa" on the KAR website in September. We decided to look for a kitty to add to our family after the tragic loss of our tuxedo girl Buttons to mega colon earlier this summer. When we saw her picture and read she had been waiting for her forever home since April we were determined to meet her. Her surgical history didn't scare us because we have had numerous cats with special needs over the years. We visited KAR to say hello and agreed she was the perfect fit for our family. She arrived at our home on September 28 and immediately crawled into a cat bed we provided to her. Within three days she was strolling the whole house and challenging her three cat brothers to play. She's been a delight and has filled a huge hole in our hearts.

Happy Tail ~ Chuck

Chuck is a now I believe 11 (almost 12?) year old big grey tabby cat. My dad adopted him from KAR in about 2016. My mom had passed away in 2014 and my dad moved into an apartment all by himself and was lonely so I offered to pay for him to adopt a cat to keep him company. He found a then 6 year old Chuck on KARs website and decided that was the cat he wanted, because he reminded him of my Tiana (formerly known as Ginny Weasley, whom I adopted in October 2011.) I went with my dad to an adoption event at PetSmart and helped bring Chuck to his forever home with my dad.

My dad LOVED Chuck! Every time I would call him on the phone, my dad was always talking about Chuck. I would go visit my dad and find that he has made "beds" for Chuck in the closets, because Chuck likes closets. My dad would keep a container of Cheetos for Chuck, because Chuck likes Cheetos. Chuck was my dad's boy, and they were quite the dynamic duo!

My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer in around April of 2019 and passed in Hospice the following June.

The night my dad was transported to Glenn Arbor in Battle Creek, I had to go retrieve Chuck from the apartment. This did not go well, as Chuck was obviously scared and confused, and also not my biggest fan. I had to leave Chuck alone overnight. The following day after visiting my dad in Hospice, I went back again to get Chuck. He was not happy at all, but that time I was able to get him in his carrier and bring him home to my apartment. My dad passed a few days after I brought Chuck home with me.

At first, I didn't think I was going to be able to keep Chuck. The apartment I lived in had a strict 2 pet rule, and I already had my Tiana as well as my dog Chloe (adopted from a different rescue.) I even contacted KAR at one point asking if I could surrender him, even though I didn't want to do that. From my understanding, Chuck had already been adopted and returned to KAR a few times in his life before my dad adopted him, and I really didn't want that to happen to him again. But then a few days after my dad passed, that apartment complex notified me that they wouldn't be renewing my lease and I had to move (long story, I'm not an irresponsible tenant, it was an irresponsible management company and I should have sued them. They no longer manage that complex as of last year.) I found an apartment where they don't care how many pets I have, so Chuck got to stay with me!

Chuck has lived with me, Tiana, and Chloe for almost 3 years now, and I think he's grown pretty happy with our living arrangement! He likes to play with Tiana, they chase each other through my apartment. He likes to sit on my lap and kiss/groom Chloe who is usually sitting right next to me. He still likes closets and has figured out how to open my hall closet. He has lots of toys now that he likes to play with too, and sometimes I catch him playing with his tail! He's a senior cat, but in a way it's almost like he's a kitten again sometimes. He's a very sweet, happy boy. I know he was very happy with my dad (how could he not be happy with all the Cheetos he got to eat?) but I think he really enjoys his life now too.

Chuck did find his forever home with my dad, because my dad had him for the rest of his life. Literally death was the only thing to separate them, and I'm very grateful to Chuck for being such a great companion for my dear old dad in his final years! But Chuck now has a 2nd forever home with me and my girls, and I'm so happy that he's so happy, especially after all he's been through in his life! I think Chuck may have been the best gift I ever gave my dad (I paid Chuck's adoption fees, and my dad thanked me all the time for doing so) but he's also one of the best gifts my dad ever gave me.

Happy Tail ~ Shelby & Grover

About a month ago we adopted 2 cats from Kalamazoo Animal Rescue. They were on display at the Chow Hound Pet Supply store. We have been married 58 years. When my husband proposed he promised me cats. He never had a cat himself but knew I did and he found out he loved cats too. We raised two kids who also loved our house cats. They grew up and had their own kids and cats. We were once again just us two and our two older cats we had since they were kittens. One cat named Lexi was 18 years old and the other cat Lukie was 16 years old and they were bonded. They slept together and played together. When they ate their canned cat food they sat next to each other and ate half and then they traded and ate the last half of the other's bowl. Then the 16 year cat got sick. We found out he had a large tumor on his liver and it was fatal. He died and the 18 year old would not eat. We took her to the vet and tried pills and syringe fed her to get her to eat. She died of a broken heart and the vet said she was also very old. It was the first time in 58 years without our cat pals.

Our daughter wanted to show us something to think about. She took us to Chow Hound and we saw two cats (Ravenpaw & Hufflepurr) that were bonded and up for adoption together. We knew they needed to be together to be happy. It was love at first sight and we were able to adopt both. We made out a will for them and money for veterinary support in event they out-lived us and our daughter will take them. But we plan to live a long time with these cats. They are perfect! They play, eat, and sleep together. We have 3 cat trees and plenty of room for them to chase each other through the house. Both cats are boys ages 1 and 2 and they like to wrestle but never hurt each other. When we watch TV in the evening one gets on each of us. We have renamed them Grover & Shelby and they are smart, loving, and very happy. We are very happy too and give thanks to the foster mother that nurtured them!

Happy Tail ~ Bella Bea

From the streets of Kalamazoo as a starving stray taken in by a kind samaritan and then relinquished to KAR, Bella (now Bella Bea) is now living her best dog life with her new found family who absolutely adore her. Bella was so skinny, needed to learn to be loved and house broken still as an adult dog. But her foster family was up for the task. With love, patience and a lot of snacks she was soon a completely different dog ready for her fur-ever home.
And find her fur-ever home she did, with Jena and Rudy. It was love at first sight during the meet and greet. Since living with them Bella has continued to thrive and has taken well to her life of a spoiled fur baby!
In an update Jena thanks KAR for saving her baby and picking them to be her family. Bella is just perfect for them.
KAR couldn't ask for a happier ending. This is why we do what we do!

Happy Tail ~ Gunther

Gunther adopted him from you in January. He’s doing great! He loves his home and his toys and he is the sweetest and most polite guy around. We love him so much and are grateful for the joy he brings us! Thank you so much for taking care of him before us and giving us the opportunity to adopt him!

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KAR has placed 80 Dogs and
523 Cats into Permanent Homes in 2023

KAR placed 69 Dogs and
600 Cats into Permanent Homes in 2022

KAR is pleased to announce its participation in the Bissell Partners for Pets Program!

Click here to learn more about the program and future events.

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