Animal Shelter

COVID-19 Update: Message from the Animal Shelter

As it has throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, Royal Oak Animal Shelter continues to be open by appointment to reunite families with their lost animals, to arrange meetings and pick-ups for approved fosters and adopters, and to accept donations.  Staff will be in the building daily, as always, caring for the animals.  If your call is not answered, we encourage you to either leave a message or contact us through email at  Email is monitored daily, whether we’re at the shelter or not; responses are generally sent the same day.

Found animals at ROAS are posted on To inquire about pets posted on PawBoost, please use the email link in the PawBoost listing.  To inquire about or apply for adoptable animals posted on AdoptAPet, please use the email link on the animal’s individual listing.  Unless otherwise noted on the listings, please email about these animals for the quickest response. 

Because we are currently at capacity, we will be focusing on emergent intake situations, including animals needing immediate care due to owners' incapacity/hospitalization, etc.  Due to our limited space, and to make sure we have the ability to assist in such emergencies, we will not be taking voluntary surrenders for the foreseeable future.  We are encouraging people in less-than-dire circumstances to look for friends, family, fosters, pet assistance programs, or private rescue options instead.  For suggestions on specific rehoming options, please email us at

We realize this doesn't anticipate every issue that may arise. We will continue to stay actively engaged and work with individuals and issues on a case-by-case basis as needed.  Once again, for help with animal-related questions or concerns please email We look forward to being of assistance.

About Us

The Royal Oak Animal Shelter is a managed intake facility, operated as a City service under management of the Royal Oak Police Department. Our goals are to reunite lost animals with their human companions, to provide a safe haven for lost animals or animals given up by their owners, and to arrange the best possible adoptions of available animals into the homes best suited to their personalities. 

To report a stray dog, call ROPD non-emergency at (248) 246-3500. 
Please Note: If you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, contact the ROPD.

How to Find Us

Address: 1515 N. Edgeworth 
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Phone: (248) 548-3058

BY APPOINTMENT.  Please email