The Michael Lawrence Animal Care Shelter will provide a safer, healthier, and less stressful environment for our animals, and humans too! But this state-of-the-art facility will be much more than a traditional shelter.

While the current Animal Care Shelter for Kent County’s building can barely support our day-to-day needs, the new shelter will provide for our animals AND the community with on-site veterinary care, education programs for all ages on animal care and enrichment, including summer day camps, spay and neuter services for income-challenged families, animal law advocacy, and a lot more!

We’ve broken ground on the new shelter, but we still need your help funding the project! Consider donating today. There are plenty of Honor and Memorial Opportunities left below!


  • Current facility is 59 years old, in fair to poor condition
  • Insufficient housing for our average animal population
  • Minimal space for adequate animal medial exams and care
  • Outdated design that creates immense STRESS for animals
  • Lack of air quality control system results in multiple sickness outbreaks annually
  • Animal enrichment and exercise limited to pleasant weather days
  • The list is long. To better serve the animals and the community, THE TIME IS NOW!


We now invite the community to help us pave the way to a better shelter for our animals. We are offering a permanent legacy opportunity for your friends and family to visit for years to come!

These laser-engraved bricks are a wonderful way to honor and celebrate a loved one, a beloved pet, commemorate a special occasion or simply show your love and support for the animals of Kent County!

These bricks will be placed around the shelter’s flagpole to create a patio, giving future adopters, shelter alumni and friends of the four-legged a space to gather and bond over their love of the animals.

Buy your brick here!